I am always on the look out for found items to recycle into jewelry. Right now I am working with bullet casings and I have an idea using old silverware. I love the idea of taking something "useless" and giving it a new life. Coming up with something "new" can be the biggest problem. I use books, magazines and the internet to get inspiration, always putting my own twist on pieces. Since I am a glass artist try to incorporate lampwork or fused glass whenever I can. Here are two books that look interesting, I am adding them to my wish list.
Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet: Making Designer Metal Jewelry
Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists