There’s a decorating concept called “use what you have” which is a low-budget way of drawing from your current accessory stash to freshen up the look of a room in your house. It forces you to be creative instead of shelling out money for more components. I needed to make a grouping of earrings to take to the shop, something to fill in and coordinate with my summer and fall collections, so I challenged myself to draw from the components I already have instead of ordering parts.
I chose to draw from various sizes of jump rings left over from when I used to sell chain maille kits. I didn’t want to make chain maille earrings per se, but I did hook rings together using a mixture of different textures to make it more interesting. Added some goldfill bubble chain and rings into the mix for a bimetal look, and voila.
There are some shaggy loops and subtle nods to Japanese maille, but not really any chain maille patterns. I also cut discs and washers from my precious patterned silver, which I have been hoarding for years. (Actually, I think it’s considered hoardering since I can order more. No, hoardering is not the act of ordering multiple drinks right before happy hour ends, but ordering more of the prized items in my bead stash just so I don’t have to use them up.)
What do you have in your (kitchen, closet, studio) that you can use instead of buying more?