Making use of 'Leftovers'
When working with materials there're usually bits and pieces left that are too good to be thrown away. Sometimes because you had such a difficult time getting the material or it's too valuable, or more importantly you are the resourceful kind of person ... In any way, it can be real fun to play around with 'leftovers'.
For example when I did my Star Wars Christmas ornaments. Some bizarre shapes were left after the laser cutting. Some of them so beautiful that I used them right away for my first go at jewellery making.
And then there's the wood work. My dad used to collect different types of wood over the years. Mostly from our own garden. This is for example how I started to play around making pendants.