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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.

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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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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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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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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.