Wire Wrapped Malachite Pendant

A classic technique designed with square Argentium Silver.
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Description

The beautiful shades of green that swirl, bend, blossom, and bulls-eye in malachite almost demand to be set in sterling silver. Because malachite is a copper mineral, however, combining it with sterling is a recipe for tarnish. Although there are chemical treatments for jewelry that resist tarnish, they do not last forever, and as a studio jeweler I try to remain as much of a purist as I can. The development of Argentium Silver has made it a pleasure for me to work with this lovely color combination,  adding just a touch of gold.

SKU: EP2109

Author/Speaker/Editor: Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

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Details

Required Materials: 22-gauge square half-hard Argentium wire, 22-gauge square, soft Argentium wire, 20-gauge half-round, half-hard Argentium wire, 24-gauge half-round, half-hard 14K gold-filled wire, Leaf shaped malachite cabochon, 1/4" quilter’s tape, Ultra fine point marker, Ruler.

Tools Needed: F
lat nose pliers, small double barrel bail pliers, angle flush cutters, round nose pliers, pin vise.

Techniques Used:
Wire wrapping.

Originally Published:
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist July 2009

SKU: EP2109

Author/Speaker/Editor: Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

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