After I posted yesterday's post about the many uses of either Gem-Tac or Weldbond glues, I realized I failed to illustrate the thing that launched my discovery of the alternative properties of these adhesives. In other words, I forgot something.
Have any of you ever had your tassel fringe (or even just plain ol' fringe), start to look messy on the ends after lots of use? Tassels in particular can lose their nice compact shape. Now you may not care, and that's totally fine. But if ever there's an instance where you want them to stay in their pristine condition. Just dunk just the fringe tips in your diluted white glue mixture. Squeeze out the excess without handling them too much, I like to roll it in paper towel and gently roll and squeeze, and hang-em to dry.
Once again, my handy multi-purpose craft lamp in combination with some hair clips, makes a perfectly warm and efficient drying rack. I just can't guaranatee that your cats won't be convinced this is simply a fascinating new cat toy you've created just for them.
Ok, you will see I have two very different sorts of tassels here, and honestly, that is giving me pause for a whole other topic as to getting creative with the size and shape of your tassels and how to work them on-stage. I'll TEASE you with a brief overview now and fill in further details another time, k? Otherwise this post will be days long.
Of course we can easily make our own tassels by rolling some fringe and stitching it closed at the top, and I do that too. But I am always on the lookout for good deals on SILK tassels or unusual tassels. The tassel in the first photo is silk and was marked down to $1.25 at an upholstery fabric store, which are always GREAT resources for burlesque do-dads. Besides it's great fun to tell the staff what it is you are planning on doing with anything you buy there. (Vancouver folks, I got the cheap silk tassels at Fabricana, but Arlene's is also great.)
Anyhow, silk tassels are beautiful if you can find them, the individual strands are super fine and thread-like, and are usually topped with some sort of finial type thing that you can adorn (of course) or not. They move differently and have a lovely sheen and look dense and luxurious on stage. BUt I don't want them to fray and look like pom poms, hence the glue bath.
The tassels that are hanging from the lamp are suuuuper long as you can see. And I love these for specific styles of acts. They are surprising and look fab on stage. Props to you if you can twirl 'em, but that's not really the point of these.
Watch Betty Howard in this first video clip. See how her shoulder shimmy is sort of slow and luxurious rather than the pastie-twirling variety? (jump to 2:25, 2:50, and the 5 minute mark if you don't want to watch the whole clip for some strange reason) I love that look, and super looong pasties do a beautiful job of highlighting those sorts of movements.
Crystal Starr in this second video also does a little bit of this sort of shoulder shimmy. But Crystal is worth watching just for her amazing bump and grind bit in this act. It's epic.
Ok, LAST topic for this post. Someone asked the great question as to why I had put a grommet in the centre of my pasties in one of my previous posts.
The easiest way to illustrate this is with a quick video clip. Ready?
I use the grommet as the means of attaching a ball-bearing swivel hook. This is super easy to do, but I have a very specific technique that I haven't seen elsewhere. I've purchased pasties that are sort of like this, but I still don't like them as much as the ones I've made. Mine have almost no hardware showing, see how small the hardware is I'm pinching? I have to do a separate post with detailed instructions on this another time, as I didn't photograph all the steps when I made these this week. So that's your dose of tease. Come back for the rest!