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Are the Stars Out Tonight

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Are the stars out tonight?
I don't know if it's cloudy or bright
'Cause I only have eyes for you, dear
The moon may be high,
But I can't see a thing in the sky
'Cause I only have eyes for you

In my case, the "dear" is probably the crystals. I have been loving these Bermuda Blue Starfish for some time - and trying to find some project to use them in. I kept having vision of some enormously complicated net-thing with the starfish woven in, but in the end - went with something simple.

Sometimes they flip over and you see the foiled back - which is a metallic hematite colour - but it doesn't look  bad and just adds some variety to the piece.

I had some problem with the jumprings not wanting to go through the holes, not so much because they were too fat for the holes, but because the curve of the jumprings was wrong to go through that long, straight hole. I would up using smaller jumprings to hang the starfish, and bigger ones to make the chain that hangs them from the bail, but you could make your life less complicated and use the smaller jumprings for all the links.

The number of jumprings, from left to right are:


Any chain that fits through the bail would work too - I just used what I had on hand.

While the lobster claw clasp will happily hook into this chain, I chose to add a jumpring at the end, as the jumpring is larger than the hole on the bail, and prevents the whole bail/pendant assembly from falling off the chain, if you accidentally let go of one end, say while putting it on or handing it to a friend to admire.

This necklace is 20 inches long, and can be worn shorter, due to the large links of the chain. Feel free to make longer or shorter as you prefer.





          
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bs065-02 Findings - Clasps - Lobster - 7 x 11 mm Curvy Lobster Claw - SterlingPrice: $ 1.98
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22801030 Findings - Jumprings - 9 mm Open Round - Bright Silvertone (100)

(These are the larger of the two sizes.)

Price: $ 4.93
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Qty: 1 s13897 Sterling Bail - 2.25 inch Hammered Tube Bail - Sterling (1)Price: $ 17.75
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Qty: 20 s24164 Sterling Chain - Jumbo Figaro - Bright Sterling (inch)

(Adjust length to your taste.)

Price: $ 4.40
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bs035 Sterling Jumprings - 7 mm Open Jumprings - Sterling (3.5 grams)

(These are a better fit in the holes of the starfish. But are more expensive.)

Price: $ 11.14
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Qty: 4 34767210091001 Swarovski Pendant - 16 mm Une Petite Starfish (6721) - Crystal Bermuda Blue

(Use one less if doing the 5 loop version.)

Price: $ 6.31
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Qty: 2 34767211051001 Swarovski Pendant - 20 mm Baby Starfish (6721) - Crystal Bermuda BluePrice: $ 11.69
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s24473 Thai Silver - 2 inch Hammered Tube Bail - Sterling

(This five loop version would work as well. If using this one, a symmetrical arrangement of the starfish would also look nice, maybe, short, medium, long, medium, short.)

Price: $ 28.95
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