1. Courage! It takes courage to tear up old jewelry, especially sentimental pieces. Rule of thumb: If it gives you heartburn, don't do it. Go to a thrift store and find something cool without the sentiment attached to it.
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4. Head pins and eye pins. I'm lumping these two items into one category. You can use wire head pins and eye pins to restring jewelry, create earrings from old beads, attach brooches to chain, and much, much more. Often I'll take a an old vintage double or triple strand necklace and restring the beads vertically using new head and eye pins.
5. Chain. Old or new, chain can be used to refashion jewelry into major statement pieces. I buy chain by the yard at jewelry supply stores, but sometimes I'll hit the clearance aisle at Kohls or Target to pick up chain. I disregard the pendants and beads, since I'm primarily looking for quality chain, and fastenings.
With a small investment in a few tools and techniques, you can transform your jewelry into new, sparkling treasures like these: