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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

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    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

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    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

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    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

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    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

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    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

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    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

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    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

Misaligned Malachite

About this design:

I've been collecting bits and pieces of malachite for a few years until I had enough to do this piece. Malachite is expensive for good quality! The idea with this necklace was to make the interior strand shorter, and the strung sections were supposed to fall between those on the longer one. Well...the alignment somehow wound up the same, so I'll probably redo it in a couple of days. *sigh* I got the malachite from three different sources: LimaBeads (tubes), E-bay (pendant from a favored seller), and the rounds from my favorite store of all time back home. I *mostly* like how it turned out... "Visible" illusion necklaces are starting to be a fad, so that's partially where I got my inspiration. Bail is handmade.


Malachite, 24-gauge silver wire, Beadalon beading wire, silver rounds

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  1. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    I adore green and malachite is a wonderful shade. I have some hoarded away and hate to use it. This is really lovely and I like how the beads are floating.

  2. Chickie Nonnie T
    Chickie Nonnie T says:

    You did a great job! I have a stash of Malachite I’m saving for a rainy day too!

  3. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Even though it didn’t end up as you pictured, it’s still a gorgeous piece!

  4. Shhh
    Shhh says:

    Malachite is so gorgeous and you made a great piece with it. I can sympathize with being unhappy with the details, I am an eternal perfectionist. Your outer strand looks like it is spaced the best, so I’d start with the inner strand if I was going to redo for alignment. Please post if you do update it! And even if you don’t, it is still a lovely piece, thanks for sharing! :D

  5. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    @ Shhh: Yeah, my only plans are to redo the interior strand. I like the outer positions just fine. Perfectionist here, too.

  6. Beading Hippie  Shawn
    Beading Hippie Shawn says:

    I love this! It’s beautiful if you don’t redo it. I love malachite, and your willingness to use them. I’m glad to know I’m not the only bead hoarder around. I hoard up malachite, jade, crysocola, ect and never think my idea will do them justice. I’m a perfectionist too. I wonder if these traits are endemic to beaders? L*

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Fabulous color and design. Love your “real” malachite. You are so right about the cost. You need deeeep pockets to buy a strand.

    I see nothing wrong with your design but then I’m into asymmetry. How does it look when being worn? If the design looks right when wearing it that’s what is important. I used to be a perfectionist but old age and working with heavy cured me. :D

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Agree with Little R. C., how it wears is what counts! No, I’m not much of a perfectionist — I’m happy to try new things all the time, which turn out so-so, and I think “now I know how to do it perfectly next time”, but then I move on to something new… well not always… and I guess I gather experience in the process. But good that there are perfectionists too, so I have something to strive towards!

  9. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    @ Little Round Chick and Pealrsandme: It wears *relatively* fine, once the strands are settled in relation to each other. It just seems funny in appearance because the stone-strung sections are up next to each other, so seem to blend rather than stand out. Still debating.

    And yes, this malachite is very much real. Not the dyed mock-up stuff. They were finds where it felt like I’d forgotten to breathe when I came across them.

  10. Sylvia H
    Sylvia H says:

    Love this design. Malachite is one of my favorites. You can purchase top quality from Afghan Tribal Arts.

  11. John 316
    John 316 says:

    I started looking for beads to make christmass ornaments, am now searching different styles of bracelets.

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