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Malachite necklace

Malachite tiles accent a necklace
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Malachite’s distinctive light and dark green bands are easy to recognize. Today you’ll see malachite in jewelry and decorative carvings, but in the 18th and 19th centuries it was used as a paint pigment, and in ancient Egypt it was ground into a powder and used as eye shadow. Mined many places around the world, malachite has been credited with a number of metaphysical properties. Some believe it detects impending danger and brings harmony, calming emotions, and regenerative energy.

SUPPLIES

  • 17 16mm malachite tile beads
  • 13g 5mm Czech niblet beads
  • 2g 15/0 Japanese seed beads
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

toggle bars

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FIGURE 2
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FIGURE 2

1. On 1 yd. (.9m) of Fireline, pick up two Czech niblet beads. Working in ladder stitch, make a nine-niblet ladder with the narrow edge showing.

2. Pick up two 15/0 seed beads, and sew through the next niblet (FIGURE 1, a–b). Repeat for the length of the ladder (b–c). Repeat in the opposite direction to fill in the gaps on alternating sides of the niblets (FIGURE 2, a–b). Reinforce the 15/0s by sewing through each row of 15/0s (b–c).

3.
Repeat step 2 to add another row of 15/0s on each edge.

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FIGURE 3

4. Pick up a 15/0 and sew through an end niblet (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through an adjacent row of 15/0s (b–c).

5. Repeat step 4 at the opposite end of the toggle bar (c–d). End the working thread. Make a second toggle bar.
 

necklace
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1. On 1 yd. (.9m) of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Pick up five Czech niblets, a malachite tile bead, and three niblets. String an alternating pattern of one tile and three niblets until the strand is the desired length of the necklace. (My necklace is 25 in./64cm.) Pick up five niblets. Do not end the thread.
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2. On 1 yd. (.9m) of Fireline, string a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Pick up a niblet and sew through the second niblet on the first thread. Alternate picking up a niblet, skipping a niblet, and sewing through the next niblet for each niblet section. Sew through the tiles between the niblet sections. Continue for the length of the necklace. Do not end the thread.
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3. On 1 yd. (.9m) of Fireline, string a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Sew through an end niblet, pick up four 15/0s, and sew through the next niblet. Continue for the length of the necklace, sewing through the tiles between the niblet sections. Do not end the threads.

4. Repeat step 3 for the other edge of the niblet sections.

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5. Using the working thread, pick up five 15/0s, a niblet, and three 15/0s, and sew through the middle niblet of the toggle bar. Pick up three 15/0s, sew back through the niblet, pick up five 15/0s, and sew back through the adjacent end niblet. End the working thread. Reinforce the connection with the remaining three tails. End the tails.
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6. On the other end, remove the stop beads. Thread a needle on a tail, and pick up five 15/0s, a niblet, and enough 15/0s (approximately 25) to go around the toggle bar. Sew back through the niblet, pick up five 15/0s, and sew back through the adjacent end niblet. End the working thread. Reinforce the loop with the remaining three tails. End the tails.
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Click here to download the supply list and instructions to make a matching bracelet!
MalachitenecklaceBudget

 Budget option

Use Venetian-foil glass tiles in place of the malachite tiles.

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