When I ran out of old, broken pieces, I began to search for vintage materials on the internet. For a while, I was able to find many old, tangled lots of chains and beads for affordable prices. Recently, those lots are harder to find and much more expensive (I still luck out at garage and yard sales). So I started looking for sellers of unused vintage beads and found several that I now buy from.
Vintage chain was a bigger problem. The variety of colors in the silvertone and goldtone metal chains used in vintage jewelry ia amazing. It was hard for me to put together chain sections that matched each other and then I had to find contemporary findings, like jump rings, that matched the metal as well. So, I began searching on the internet for purveyors (I've always wanted to use that word in a sentence!) of unused vintage chain. And I found JemsGems (a fellow etsier) who carries large amounts of some of the most amazing unused vintage chain I've ever seen.
I have recently made several purchases from the shop and created new pieces. I have started using the same chain in these necklaces, giving them a more polished, less eclectic feel (but I still go crazy with the beads;)).
Vintage Raw Steel Chain became Through a Glass Darkly Necklace