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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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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.











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.











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!











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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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.

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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