Creative ideas with unwanted jewellery

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Bored of your beads?

Not sure what to do with broken or unwanted costume jewellery? Here are some top tips to avoid wastage. 
First you can make up a bits and beads box to put aside for when you are feeling creative a crafty! A shoe box is a economical and also environmentally friendly option, or a plastic box with dividers is great for separating different jewels a beads.
a great use for old costume jewellery is to decorate house hold objects to give them a new lease of life, examples include jewellery boxes, photograph frames or albums and mirrors.
Another great use is to make new jewellery or beads, you can pick up necklace wire or thread very cheaply and reorganise and mix and match to change tired, outdated pieces to new trends. This is especially fun for children and can keep them entertained for ages. 
If you don't have any unwanted pieces lying around, with permission raid grandparents unwanted costume jewellery boxes or simply eBay and choose a few interesting pieces. Bright, eye catching beads are always popular, remember to experiment as this is all about having fun!  Once you have got the creative bug you will want to keep going, sometimes it is useful to buy jewellery making kits which come with a selection of items to enable you to make a range of creative items. After lots of practice you may even find you can make more complicated items like a tiara!
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