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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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