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Comet's Tail Earrings

About this design:

These Ethereal chandelier earrings sparkle with every movement! Adjust chain lengths for longer or shorter versions. Designed by Tracy Proctor.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • French Hook Ear Wire (2)
  • Starburst Button (2)
  • Moon Phases Set (2)
  • Crystal Brilliance Link (10)
  • Disk 3mm Spacer Bead (8)
  • Round Jump Ring 18ga, 8mm (2)
  • Round Jump Ring 19ga, 5.5mm (2)
  • Brass Cable Chain 1.25mm (7.5")
  • 22ga German Style Craft Wire, silver
  • Size 15 Hex Cut Seed Beads, blue (Silver-Lined Cobalt shown)
  • flush cutters
  • round nose pliers
  • chain and/or flat or bent nose pliers

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Cut 30 pieces of wire 5/8" long. Set aside.
Step 2:
Cut four 1/2" (13 links) pieces of chain, four 3/4" (17 links) pieces, and two 1" (21 links) pieces. Set aside.
Step 3:
Pick up one piece of wire and bend at right angle 1/4" from one end. Use round nose pliers to form a small simple loop. String on one seed bead, then bend wire at top of seed bead (protect bead with thumbnail). Form second simple loop. Use chain nose pliers (2) to position loops perpendicular to each other. Set aside.
Step 4:
Repeat Step 3 29 times.
Step 5:
Open one loop of one bead link and attach one 1/2" piece of chain. Close loop, then attach a second link at other end of chain. On other side of second link attach one crystal link. At other end of crystal link attach third bead link. At other end of bead link attach one crescent moon charm. Repeat.
Step 6:
Repeat Step 5 three more times, attaching half moon charms with 3/4" chain and full moon charm with 1" piece of chain.
Step 7:
Open one 8mm ID jump ring. String on one crescent moon dangle (leading with concave side of moon), one spacer, one half moon dangle (leading with flat side of moon), one spacer, full moon dangle, one spacer, half moon dangle (leading with convex side), one spacer, and crescent moon dangle (leading with convex side). Before closing jump ring attach to shank of one button. Close jump ring. (Note: if a moon charm ends up facing the wrong way, simply open loop on last bead link and flip charm around.)
Step 8:
Open one 5.5mm ID jump ring and attach to button shank. Before closing add loop of one ear wire. Close jump ring.
Step 9:
Repeat Steps 5-8 for second earring.

Buy Products from this Design

Silver (plated) Small Cable Chain

Measurements: 2mm links

per foot
Package of 10

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Measurements: 8mm inner diameter

2.5" tube

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Measurements: 0.6mm hole/22 gauge

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Measurements: 6mm inner diameter

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Dangly earrings–love the extra movement & sparkle. Very clever use of the buttons in this design.

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    The buttons add so much to these earrings and would be wonderful with the opera length necklace.

  3. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    These just make me happy. Long and dangly, shiny and kind of hippie, with all the interesting bits. I love them.

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    I love them also. I need the moon phases charm set. I agree with KR – so hippiish.

  5. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Fabulous celestial shoulder dusters!

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