Malachite Bead Necklace
About This Design
Time: Approximately 2 hours
Level of Difficulty: All Levels (with Basic Wire Wrapping Knowledge)
Cost: Varies, depending on materials selected.
Approximately $25 as shown.
I found some lovely square shaped green malachite beads, and decided
the stones were pretty enough on their own to warrant a simple chain
bead necklace design. I set the green malachite off with some tiny
silver seed pearls, and some green turquoise beads. You can vary
this design easily by choosing three types of beads in any complementary
or contrasting colors and sizes.
Want to make this necklace, or a variation of it for yourself?
Let's get started!
- 1 strand of malachite beads. I used square beads, but any
beads of your choice will do.
- 1 strand of silver seed pearls or pearls of choice
- 1 strand of tiny accent beads. I used 2mm turquoise
round beads. Try crystals, seed beads, silver accent beads, or
any small beads of your choice.
- Coil of sterling silver half-hard wire, fine gauge to fit
through bead holes. I used 24G wire.
- 1 sterling silver toggle clasp.
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Cut and prepare silver wire "stems" for bead link components
We will use some sterling silver wire to create the start of each
bead link component. This "assembly line" process will make it easier
and faster to put your necklace together. Cut several
inches of wire the same length. Start with about 15 sets of wires, you
can cut more once you have gauged the overall length of your bead components
Using round nose pliers, make a loop at the end of the wire and then
close the loop and wrap it around the stem several times (making a closed
loop). Repeat this process for each wire, and make a closed wire
loop at the bottom one each one. If
you need help learning to make a loop, follow these instructions.
Slide beads onto wire, then connect each bead component to make beaded chain
Next, slide the beads onto a wire stem, and before
closing the other end, attach it to the next link in the chain, then
close the loop. In this manner, you will connect each bead
component to the next in the chain.
Using a closed wire wrap loop to make a connected beaded
instructions), connect the beads together until you reach the
desired necklace necklace length.
For my design, I alternated the following bead components to make my
design. Alter this if you like to make your own unique design.
First bead component:
- 1 seed pearl
- 1 malachite bead
- 1 seed pearl
Second bead component:
I simply alternated the design; every other bead component is one
malachite bead, one turquoise bead, one malachite bead, and so on.
Once your necklace is the desired length, you will attach the
clasp to either end on the last link in the chain. Just attach the components by sliding them onto the wire
loop at one end of your bead, then make a closed wire loop.
That's it, your new malachite bead necklace is ready to wear!
Tip - If you have beads left over, why not make a matching bracelet?