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Crazy Socks Tap :: Bandy Twist

Here we go with another Crazy Socks post. Moving into the B’s with the Bandy Twist. This clip shows parts A and B together. C contains added shuffles and will be shown separately.

Bandy Twist : A basic movement originated by Jim Bandy, a dancer of the vaudeville days.

 

With Counts: Part A.  (Basic)

1-Step R (XF of L)

and -Pivot on R for 1/2 turn R

2-Step L

3-) Repeat A

and-)

4-)

 

With Counts: Part B.  (With Ball Change)

and 1-Ball change L-R

and – Pivot on R for 1/2 turn R

2-Step L

and 3-) Reverse B

and-)

4-)

Here is the last part of the Twist with added Shuffles and Ball Changes. more rhythm just for fun, but you get the idea. I just elaborate on the phrase by adding three shuffle ball changes on the last section.

 

 

With Counts: Part C.  (With Shuffle)

1-Step R

and 2-Shuffle L fwd

and 3-Ball change L-R

and- Pivot on R for 1/2 turn R

4- Step L

 

Song: Rhumboogie by the The Andrews Sisters

Thanks for playing along!

~ McGlamorous

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Terminology in Ten :: Music and Dance Terminology :: Click Heels through Count

(Photo credit : Alison McGlamry)

In this set : Click Heels through Count.

 

Click Heels : Having the weight on both balls of the feet, twist heels in, striking them together.

Click Toes : Having the weight on the heels of the feet, (toes raised in the air), twist toes in, striking them together.

Clip : Striking the heel against the toe of the opposite foot or striking the the toe against the heel of the opposite foot. Derivative of the Lancaster Clog.

Clog : Clog dancing first appeared in the industrial areas of Northern England, Southwest Scotland, and South Wales. This form of dancing came into existence around 1870 and is assumed to have originated in Lancaster.

Clogs : Clogs refers to a wooden-soled shoe and heels and in their final form were made of hard maple. The sole was originally one solid piece of wood with the wooden heel attached thereto. This was rather an awkward combination of equipment to dance in and in later years, the split sole came into being. The wooden sole was attached to the welt of the sole and extended back to the instep of the foot. The wooden heel was separate and attached to the leather sole. With the development of the split sole, the dancer had the flexibility to execute much more complicated footwork.

Cluster : Usually referred to a flurry or group of tap sounds performed in rapid succession. (Not a commonly used term).

Contrast : The variation of rhythm patterns in relation to one another.

Corkscrew : A twisting movement wherein the toe of one foot is raised from the floor with the heel remaining on the floor. The toe is twisted in and out. This movement is sometimes referred to as Tanglefoot.

Counterpoint : A simple explanation of this as related to dance would be for two dances, executing different steps at the same time that would blend or contrast. A more intricate form would be for two or three dancers executing the same step with each dancer starting one beat after the other.

Counts : Refers to the number of beats to a bar or measure of music.

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Terminology in Ten :: Music and Dance Terminology :: Charleston through Clap

(Photo credit : Alison McGlamry)

In this set : Charleston through Clap

 

Charleston : A twisting movement turning the ties inward and then outward ; dance craze of 1925, considered to be from South Carolina. A social and performance dance, it has been revived numerous times.

Charleston Twist : With weight on the balls of both feet, heels raised, twist both heels inward and outward simultaneously.

Chasse’ : A step ball change traveling in any direction.

Chop : A step backward with the leg straight ; takes weight.

Choreography : The Art of dancing or arranging dances; first used with reference to ballet.

Chorus : A standard chorus of music contains 32 measures which is divided into four 8 measure phrases.

Chorus Line : A line of girls performing a kick routine. This type of dancing was originally called a tiller.

Chug : The chug is sometimes referred to as a buck : A forward movement accenting the heel drop. With the weight on one foot, force the heel of the foot to the floor with exaggeration, thus moving the foot forward approximately 3 inches.

Cigarette Twist : See French Twist.

Clap: Same as Hand Clap : A striking of the palms of the hands together.

 

 

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Terminology in Ten :: Music and Dance Terminology :: Brush Step through Chaine

(Photo credit Alison McGlamry)

In this set : Brush Step through Chaine

 

Brush Step : Forward brush step being the same as a flap. Whether forward or back, the movement can be executed in any desired rhythm pattern.

Brush Flat : Executed in exactly the same fashion as the basic brush. The difference is that the entire flat of the foot striked the floor during the pendulum movement.

Back : Same as a Chug. A forward movement accenting the heel drop. With the weight on one foot, the the free foot is raised ; force the heel of the front foot to the floor with exaggeration ; thus moving the foot forward approximately 3 inches.

Buck and Wing : Clog dance marked by winglike steps. The forerunner of the present style of rhythm tap.

Bumps : Movement that employs the hips, usually done in burlesque.

Cabriole : A beating of the calves of the legs together while in the air. Step forward on one foot, extending the free leg in the air to the front or rear, with the knee straight  jump into the air beating the calves of the legs together (crossed below the knees) and land on the foot from which the movement originally started.

Cake Walk : This was originally a form of entertainment in which a prize of cake was given for the most accomplished steps and figures in walking; later a stage dance developed from these movements.

Catch : A movement wherein the toe or heel of one foot strikes the toe or heel of the opposite foot.

Catch Step : A ball change with one foot forward of the other and starting with the back foot.

Chaine : A series of small steps linked together as executed in turns.

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Terminology in Ten :: Music and Dance Terminology :: Black Bottom through Brush

(Photo credit Alison McGlamry)

In this set : Black Bottom through Brush

 

Black Bottom : Dance craze of 1926 which followed the Charleston. Strictly a theatrical form of dance and rarely ever used in social dancing.

Boogie Woogie : A primitive sounding percussive style of playing the blues on the piano, characterized by a persistent bass rhythm and florid figurations of a simple melody often in contrary motion to the bass; 8 beats to the measure and written in 12 measure phrases.

Bop : A musical style accenting the off-beat.

Bounce : A medium tempo in 4/4 time.

Break : A two measure movement that follows a six measure movement to complete an eight measure phrase. Breaks are commonly associated with Time Steps but may be used in any format.

Break Out : An old term for the finish of a Time Step.

Bridge : The third eight measures of a thirty- two measure chorus. Some choruses have no bridge.

Bright : A fast 4/4 time.

Broken : An old term for a Half Break.

Brush : A one-sound kick movement, in any direction. May be executed in any direction but is basically forward or backward.

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Triple Drape Chain Tutorial :: Earrings

I wanted to try my hand at a tutorial “one of these days”, so here it goes. Today’s the day… since I have a custom order to fill for a pair of earrings that I made from scraps. Sometimes things turn out to the be really great, like these fun beauties that I get so many compliments on. Nothing mind-blowing, just elegant and fun at the same time. See featured pic above for example.

I’ll start with materials needed:: Needle Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters, Flat Nose Pliers

Image of Bead Tools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earwires: So many kinds including fishook, leverback, post, etcetera. You can decide which is to your liking. I will list a few of my Suppliesfavorite suppliers at the bottom of this post. I have chosen fishooks in this project.

Chain: Bronze, brass, silver, copper, or anything can be used. I used leftover pieces from a necklace I had to cut to specific size, so if that’s in your toolbox of goodies then go for it.

Jumprings : Different sizes can be used, however for this project I am using a mix. Keep in mind that your pin will have to fit through your chain link, so it may be a thinner size that you need.

Headpins : The old standby. There are six used here.

 

 

 

 

Crystals or Small Glass Beads of Some Sort : You can do this with just about anything including Swarovskis, adding as many to the headpin as you like. In this tutorial I am using a tiny czech glass bead in a small saucer or rondelle shape.

Czech Glass Beads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I start by laying out all the materials in a well lit area. You can use a towel, place mat, rubber piece of some sort, or anything that helps your beads or supplies not to roll off while working. The count here includes the ear wires, headpins, jump-rings, chain, and beads.

Once we have all supplies in order we need to cut the chains to an efficient length. You can read a great tutorial here on this at Fusion Beads as well as what I have here. They have a great resource area packed full of instruction. In my case I just took the longest scrap of chain I could find and used that as my guide. I am a stickler for details and even count my links. You can of course measure the lengths with your handy tape measure or Bead Oracle Wallet Card. I highly suggest one of these and have enjoyed mine more than anticipated.

I cut six pieces in all. You can add more or less. This just feels right on balance for me. My link count is 26 for the longest, 16 for the medium, and 12 for the shortest chain. Notice the next picture has the three chains from longest to shortest.

Materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I take the six headpins and place one bead on each. I did experiment with more than one bead. It’s fine too, mix it up if you want. You complete this step by running the headpin through the end of each chain length and wrapping a basic loop with a neatly trimmed or tucked ending.

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At this point you should have the six pins decorated with a bead and wrapped around the last link of each chain. The next step will be draping the finished chains onto the jumpring. You will simply slide the last link opening over the open ring, ending up with three chains that fall respectively from longest to shortest. This is nice because you can choose how you want to wear them. You will either have the shortest length near the neck, or the longest, depending on your mood! Make sure that as you open your jumprings you are careful not to open so far that you warp the shape. It’s easily done by pulling the ends of the loops away from each other on the opening, and not pulling up or pushing down.

Example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you are ready for the final step. Slipping the jumpring through the earhook ending. Just open the end of your loop at the bottom, slipping the fishook into the opening. Close the loop securely, and voila!

Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. Create at your own risk! Have fun.

~ McGlamorous

Here are a few of my suggested suppliers :

Fusion Beads

Happy Mango Beads

Firemountain Gems

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My Encounter with Flourite :: Knowledge through Jewelry Making and Natural Stones

Try as hard as I may, I could never remember all of the ideas I encounter in one day as an artist. Add moments of enlightenment and you can just forget it! So as I rush to my tablet today in hopes of capturing the raging river that is my brain right now, bear with me. In digging through my gemstone box last week I picked up an unused strand of flourite. Studying it closely made me forget that I had purchased it, and I had one of those exciting moments of “What do I want to do with this?”. Most of my beads are intended to be part of a design or plan, but not so much the case here. I really had bought the strand because it had my favorite colors, aquas, greens, and purples. All in one place! Because I love learning about the healing factors, qualities, hardness, etc. of stones, I wanted to dig deeper. Here’s a little bit of what I found : Flourite belongs to the spar family. It is also known as feldspar and can be separated into flakes. Due to a wide range of colors, it is also said to contain something of all the other gemstones in it. Folklore claims that it is the home of rainbows. Rainbows! There it is…that cool interconnection that we get from things, if we are looking. Rainbows are meaningful to me in that they remind us of promises. I have seen some if the best rainbows appear at some of the most trying times ever. Most recently, I had seen one a week after I made this necklace here, which contained my birthstone, amethyst, and flourite.

Walking Dog Necklace
Walking Dog Necklace

I read on to discover that it comes from the Latin word for flux, which refers to a substance that promotes flowing and combining of other metals and materials. Once again, I was inspired. A “flow”. This is what I needed, a creative flow, and boy was it coming! And from this stone alone. I was really beginning to like this stone. Fluorite was also used , in fact, as a flux in steel and other materials that required the removal of impurities. Another thing greatly appreciated…the removal of impurities. Healing properties of the stone are particularly helpful for ailments such as energy blockages, respiratory problems, and arthritis. I found a chart categorizing the colors and their specifics here : Yellow :: Helps in the treatment of diseases of the spleen and kidney. Green :: Relieves asthma and regenerates the lung tissues. Blue :: (Also called Blue John) Combats colds, infections, and certain circulation problems. Violet :: Has a beneficial effect on the head and brain.

There were many other interesting finds relating to flourite. I wanted to share them all, but stuck to those findings as related to my personal experiences. It particularly interested me to read that it was a good stone for creatives, artists, and the like because of its’ focus factor. It seemed as if I was applying my ability to concentrate and differentiate as I was reading about it. So it was working, right then and there! I hope that you find enlightenment and a discovery of your own should you work with, or read more about this stone.

~McGlamorous

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Patience Grasshopper :: Scaling The Great Wall

I love the garden in the back of my Grandmother’s house. It is a small space, but it has a certain energy to it, making it a good place to create and meditate. Each time I look out the window I see this Japanese maple tree, and it just takes me somewhere.Pisces and Stone

 

Lots of jewelry designs have been assembled from inspiration of this area, but one little visitor in particular made me laugh. He reminded me of the efforts it takes to get where you are going, and to never quit, even as ungraceful as it may be! I was inspired and decided to document him. Here’s what I caught :

 

He gets my attention here. Looks like he’s trying to go somewhere. He’s feeling the wall, gaining focus.

Grasshopper Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another angle.

Grasshopper Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He makes the first step fine.

Grasshopper Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distant shot. He’s contemplating.

Grasshopper Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Livin’ on the edge. I start laughing. Never seen this angle.

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Here we go…

Grasshopper Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over…

Grasshopper Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The…

Grasshopper Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great…

Grasshopper Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall!

Grasshopper Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patience Grasshopper. You can do it.

 

A great message delivered in a humorous way.

 

~McGlamorous

 

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Terminology in Ten :: Music and Dance Terminology :: Ball Beat through Bells

Photo credit Alison McGlamry

In this set : Ball Beat through Bells

 

Ball Beat : A dropping of the ball of the foot.

Ball Change : A changing of the weight on the balls of the feet from one foot to the other ; executed forward, to the side, or on place.

Ball Tap : Same as Tap Ball.

Bandy Turn : Same as Bandy Twist.

Bandy Twist : A basic movement originated by Jim Bandy, a dancer of the vaudeville days.

Bar : In common usage, a measure of music.

Barre : Originally intended for ballet exercises but is used extensively in modern jazz classes, character dancing and in some instances, tap classes.

Barrel Roll (or turn) : A complete turn of the body with the arms extended in a windmill fashion.

Beat : The regularly recurring and periodically accented pulse or throb which constitutes the unit of measurement in all measured music ; tempo.

Bells : A clicking of heels together while in the air .

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Sequential Shorts :: The Painted Turtle

Each and every year I am fortunate enough to be visited by some kind of critter on my Birthday. It’s a new trend, something that has developed over the last few years, and I’ve slowly learned to take notice. Quite intriguing really, when one of these totems shows up because they are so unique and well –  special. This year I took careful observation to the turtle who passed my way. I called him / her the “Painted Turtle”. You see, the turtle has slowly been introducing itself in the forms of art, pictures on the internet, and elsewhere for years. Not to mention my aunt who loves turtles and would buy one of my turtle necklaces on occasion. I’ve never really been attracted. Couldn’t connect with it. Since then I’ve dabbled in some research coming from Native American symbolism and found out that it represents a slower series of steps and longer cycles of transformation. Patience came to mind as well as developing a more grounded development of faith, art, talent, or whatever you may be trying to improve upon. Last summer I had an exciting experience with a really beautiful dragonfly (post coming soon), so I was looking forward to approaching this visitor with my camera.

Here’s what I was able to capture:

Firstly, as I was leaving to pick up dinner, my I saw my dog barking non-stop at something. I was getting into the car when I noticed the visitor on the walk. I ran inside to get the camera,very excited.

Tone

 

 

 

 

 

 

I came closer.

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It looks like a war helmet. Then I noticed the painted figures.

Tthree

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragonflies on the top and of all things, dancers on the side. This had big meaning to me, which I will elaborate on in another post.

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Dragonflies in detail. It was so artistic.

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I really wanted it to come out of it’s shell, so I asked! Don’t laugh.

t_6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, the cat had to get in the shot.

t_7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closer…you can do it.

t_6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello there!

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Then it poses and I can see the beautiful colors and patterns.

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In the meantime I go to pick up the food and come back to still find that it has moved towards it’s destination. I stop and kneel down for one more look. It stops and gives me time.

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Another moment.

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And then I notice as the sun is setting, it is headed onward. A dragonfly on the back, and dancers on the side.

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At this moment I am overwhelmed with the message. Something was speaking and healing, at least that’s how I saw it. Since the turtle is about perseverance, patience, and more, it just gave me a good feeling. Keep going as you are. Faith in your spirit and dance in your heart. Walk your path…..that’s all…..walk your path.

Please stay tuned and check out my Sequential Shorts category for further stories.

~ McGlamorous

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Terminology in Ten :: Music and Dance Terminology :: Accelerando through Back-Front

(Photo credit Alison McGlamry)

In this set : Accelerando through Back-Front

 

Accelerando : A gradual increasing of speed or tempo on music.

Accent : A stress or special emphasis on a sound. The primary accent in music refers to the first beat of each measure.

Active Foot : The free or working foot with the weight on the opposite or supporting foot.

Ad Lib : To dance as one wishes without regard to a set pattern of movements – to improvise.

Allegro : A musical term which means quick or lively.

Arsis : Weak beat, or the unaccounted part of a measure of music.

Back Flap : Same as the more commonly used term ” back brush step.”

Back Flap, Heel Drop : Same as the  more commonly used term “back brush step, heel drop.”

Balance ‘ : A basic ballet movement swaying from one foot to the other.

Back – Front : Same as a ball change.

 

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Crazy Socks Tap :: The Abe Kabbible

Here it is! I’ve been wanting to do a series of posts that follow practice since I’ve recently dusted off the old taps and started work. I also wanted to find good use of all the crazy and bright socks just sitting lonely and unused in my drawer. So….Voila. Welcome to my Crazy Socks Tap. Just as expected, it’s great fun and good exercise, and you can review technique and terminology along the way. Plus, something about rhythm just soothes the soul.

First on the list is the Abe Kabbible.  It is a theatrical term and a commonly used movement in jazz and tap dancing. I learned it as the scissor (s).

 (Theatrical Term) – A commonly used movement in tap and jazz dancing.

With counts: Part A

1-Step L (to L side)
2-Step R (XF of L)
3-Step L (to L side)
4-Heel tap R (to R side)
Reverse

Part B : With the And Count Added

And-Step L (to L side)
1-Step R (XF of L)
And-Step L (to L side)
2-Heel tap R fwd (to R side)
Reverse

Part C : With the Leap

And-Leap fwd to L ft (to L side)
1-Step R (XF of L)
And-Leap fwd to L ft (to L side)
2-Heel tap R fwd (to R side)
Reverse

Song : Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar by the Andrews Sisters

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Hope you enjoy playing along, and thanks for tapping with me!

~McGlamorous

 

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Hungry for Red :: Healing Through Color

Bold Beauty Necklace
Spicy and Sweet Bracelet
Spicy and Sweet Bracelet

Ever had that craving? A juicy red steak? A glass of red wine? The body usually talks to us when it’s ready for something it needs, that is if we are sensitive enough to listen. I was a little surprised this last month when I all of the sudden had a craving for working in the color red. Quite odd because past experiences where dreadful. I usually dropped all of my beads, sweat profusely, and just became a hot mess. Each time I worked in this color I found myself adding a contrast just to calm it all down. This got me curious as to why it was suddenly my best friend. Don’t get me wrong, I was very happy about it. Certain shades just do it for me, especially those with a bit of blue tone in them.

Life has rapid changes. It is in some of the greatest losses that I have had these profound moments. Usually a part of my body will hold on to pain, or I will begin attracting a color for an abnormal reason. For example when a parent passed away I began to have terrible stomach pains in the solar plexus area. I later learned its’ association with yellow. I began to see it in a positive light. So what was the case with red?

Red Tribal Necklace
Red Tribal Necklace

Red is known as a base or root chakra in the body. Maybe this was associated with lower back problems that wouldn’t leave. I found it interesting that it deals with groundedness, trust, belonging, lessens feelings of mistrust, all things I had been dealing with. I was also trying to conquer something I was extremely passionate about, passion being another symbol of red.The positive thing was that the stronger I got, the more I craved it. It has been all part of the healing. This is what I love about art. It’s a way of weaving one big thread that connects everything to our senses and to who we are.

Being an artist has always made me sensitive to things, too sensitive at times, but I agree with the choices of color, food, and general healing that a soul decides. Listen to your guts….they know.

 

~ McGlamorous

 

 

 

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Ballerinas by the Sea // The Ballerina and the Beach :: Jewelry Inspiration from Line and Nature

(Photo credit to original photographer for photo above)

I’ve been super-excited about a post on my latest creations from inspiration, in fact so excited that I’ve been neglecting the post….go figure. I like to present things with their Ta-Da! moment, blame the performer in me for that. So let me share my thoughts and enthusiasm with you.

In July I was invited to the up and coming 30A Ballet as a guest teacher, a job that I seriously looked forward to all last spring. I had heard of but never visited the “Emerald Coast”, and the area of 30A. It had been ten years or so since I had seen the director of the school, Allyson Raymond, from my connection to her from the Atlanta Ballet. Add ten years since a visit to the beach, and it was truly a moment of re-connection to the ocean and to the ballet.

Ballerinas By The Sea
Pearl and Shell Ballerina Bangles

Ocean…Ballet…Dance…that’s when it hit me. What about all of those lovely dancers out there on Instagram, Facebook, etc., that love to take photos on the beach (including me….shameless plug)? I loved looking at the jetes, arabesques, the attitudes, and all of the pretty lines connecting the dancer to the nature of the coast. It was something different, something new for me, and opened my eyes to creating a celebratory line. Fueled by mornings on the beach and evenings in the dance studio, I began building a few prototypes: Necklaces, Bracelets, Anklets, and soon to come earrings.

Photo of Alys Beach
Sunset at Alys Beach

In addition to that inspiration, I was presented another lucky surprise. The colors of the landscape in the area of Sowal are oh-so enticing for an artist. After an evening of rain I rode over to Alys Beach, parked my car, and soaked in the beauty of what seemed like a huge watercolor over the ocean. Combined with the sound of the wind and the smell of the sea air…..paradise.

 

 

As an artist I have always been drawn to bright colors, especially the older I got, yet it seemed enjoyable to go back to a softer and less high paced scheme that the beach gave. Although I still love what I consider “Tropical” colors, it has been pleasurable to work up a few designs using hues of light purples, blues, and creams. Photos in this post are some examples of what I came up with. These include necklaces for older and younger clientele, and bracelets , all embellished with a silver or gold ballet dancer.

Image of Ballerina Necklace by McGlamorous
Rose Quartz with Ballerina Necklace

I plan to create some with a copper tone, in addition to anklets and earrings. In the meantime you can stay tuned in by visiting my site on Storenvy >> where I have current items for sale. I take custom orders and my policies can be seen on the store site. If you have a dancer in the family that loves the beach, now you know where to go!

~ McGlamorous

 

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On Tap :: The Complete Tap Dictionary

Tap Shoes

I did it. I admit it. Tore up the kitchen floor when I was little. Al Gilbert is to blame.

I always loved tap, but didn’t really understand it completely, and I think that age makes a difference in enjoying anything more, especially dance. So with a new job teaching it again after a break, I was excited to pick up my favorite manual and get going. Here’s what I found in my closet, next to my shoes:

The Complete Tap Dance Dictionary
The Complete Tap Dance Dictionary

Don’t know how many people know about it or how much recognition it has gotten, but I know I like it.

It has spurred a new desire to review and // or re-learn. In addition to tap steps there are definitions of dance that take you all the way back to the roaring twenties. You can purchase it on Amazon when available. As of this date it’s still there.

Check it out! In the meantime I’ll be in the kitchen…….

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Hope in Connecticut

Hope

HopeThere are times in life when it just all comes together. After a month long trip in the New England area I have returned to my southern roots refreshed and revived to creativity. I must admit that the flow of ideas and eye opening days have been exciting. Inspiration can come from anywhere, yet I found this time in life to be very special.

It’s been quite a while since I had the opportunity to leave my grandmother’s cozy little home in Georgia….life just threw a curve and I’ve survived moving back to a small town, but when I was invited by family and friends to visit and help out with IT work in November, I jumped. Dropping all fear of those “Yankees”, ears were backed and I prepared for a road trip that covered two days of turning foliage and mountain roads.

My very fun and dramatic cousin and I had no problem filling the time with conversation, fueled by coffee and cigarettes. We compared stories and similarities, preparing for the weeks ahead. The plan was to work and play, and so we did. As the month progressed I knew that I really had it made. Meals were fabulous both cooking in and eating out. I did not have a single bit of bad food the entire trip! Stew Leonard’s gave me an education in shopping the fast paces of Connecticut. The grocery store was a racetrack compared to the sleepy Harvey’s market in Cordele. During the grocery races I was introduced to the Lobster Roll, a delicacy I will not forget.

Play involved visiting New York City and a show at the fabulous Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular! Chills of happiness consumed me as I entered this piece of history. Glitter and glamour were in the air all night as we walked the Christmas stamped streets. Nothing like a story book night in NYC to free the senses. Topped of by a great meal at The Oyster Bar, the night was complete. Of course I just had to go back into the city later that week and get in a few classes at Steps on Broadway, and so I did.

I began to see more and more. Colors in the sky, the leaves, the shapes of the clouds on a trip to Vermont. The camera lens became a portal to another world and I prepared the mind for another job. It was time to photograph. Working for an artist and a designer was a win-win. As I walked into the Bridgeport factory of Art-Lore, Inc. I was in awe. It began to dawn on me that I was in the presence of a real life Italian artisan. These are the things in life that you sometimes miss, if you don’t look. Being in jewelry design I can only wish to obtain the original and true techniques of artists such as these.

As we set up the lightbox and used the light of day, my senses were wide open. I was really doing it….gaining confidence….giving back, which I love, and it was a day at work! This is when you are lucky to love your job. It was at that moment that I looked to my left and saw hope through the cracked glass. It all made sense. The silver lining, the journey…whatever you want to call it, but it was there. I quickly shot a few versions, but this one was the pick.

Hope in Connecticut gave me the courage and the inspiration to post these thoughts: Don’t listen to ‘em when they try to bring you down. Keep it going. Love what you do. Put those creative blinders on and go. You may seem a little stubborn…it’s just protection from the impossibles, don’ts, no’s, and won’ts.

Passion is there for a reason. Go.

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McGlamorous Jewelry

Butterfly and Calico

Butterfly and Calico

Hello there visitor, and welcome to the McGlamorous (go to Gallery here) jewelry. Let’s get started with some information on these little works of art.

Description: How best to describe the little pieces?….hmmm. Well, they make great gifts. You will never see another walking around. Even if a buyer requests the same piece, I rarely re-create a copy. Individualism and uniqueness are encouraged here and I want clients to be drawn in because of that. It’s all about being different.

Materials: I prefer to search for quality in materials. Designs vary in beads, for example I may mix glass with plastic, acrylic, or other. I am working on creating different lines and price levels, so if you become a fan of my work you may want to check in for an evolution. Work is strung on Fireline or Tigertail wire, 8-10 pounds. It may be doubled or waxed before threading. Metals fluctuate in price, yet another thing to cinsider. Designs may use cast metal or sterling, copper, brass, whatever the design calls for. This is good to keep in mind on a purchase. Sometimes the most unique clasp can be made of less expensive metal. On the other hand a clasp may be the most expensive part of the necklace.

Policies: I do stand behind my work, but things can happen. Materials that come from factories or other can rarely be old, or weather condition may cause breaks or snaps. If this ever happens to one of your McGlamorous purchases, please know that it can be repaired, and we will work a solution.

Restringing, Repair, Recreation: Sometimes you have a piece that is great, but needs a little boost. I can help. A recreation may be just what you need. This usually involves a design fee, plus materials. Contact me for quotes if this interests you.

Lengths: I will soon post a chart of different necklace lengths, but this is a customizable option in all pieces. Price may vary as well as materials, so a quote is encouraged.