I am known for saving EVERYTHING--so when I first began making jewelry, I saved the black rubber loop-top "lids" and stoppers that came on sleeves of glass seed beads (see last photo if you are unsure what kind of packaging I mean). Then, last night, the craft muse struck, and I made several pairs of new earrings using this repurposed plastic, plus my own original polymer clay beads:
-Next time you buy seed beads in the long cylindrical package, pop of the rubber top and bottom stoppers and reserve.
-Experiment with cutting into squares, strips, circles, or using the top mostly INTACT (as I did in first photo).
-Use Exacto knife or scissors. Scissors work once u break the pieces down, but exacto helps to take apart the oddly shaped "lid".
-Pierce through and run an eye pin through the stuff--EXPERIMENT!