Project 6: Moss Agate and Malachite Necklace
March 11, 2012 § 1 Comment
I’ll admit that this was originally the first piece that I started on. I was drawn to the cool silky smooth rectangles of Moss Agate. But could I decide what to do? No – I was stumped, so I experimented.
Here’s what I started with:
Between each piece of rectangular piece of moss agate were tiny 4 mm round beads of moss agate of a lighter hue. You can just about see them in the picture above. You might also notice that some of these spacers are missing, others were chipped from the weight and movement of the rectangular pieces. So the first thing was to take it all apart and clean each piece. Then I tried out a few combinations:
I tried stringing the various combinations to get a better idea of how the necklace would look like but couldn’t decide which one to settle on. I ended up putting it all aside and working on the other pieces.
I finally returned to it last week and looking at this with fresh eyes, I realized that the Malachite enhanced the greens of the Moss Agate. I used 3 mm sterling silver beads as spacers between the moss agate pieces and the 6 mm Malachite beads to create a bit more space between the larger pieces and also ‘cushion’ the malachite and prevent these from chipping. Instead of thread, the necklace is now strung on 7-strand Beadalon wire and the small original clasp has been replaced with a larger ‘lifesaver ‘clasp to provide a sturdier and proportionate finish.
I like the result but enjoyed experimenting too. ♥K