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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

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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.

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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!

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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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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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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.