gotta say I almost always have large dangley earrings, heavy ones...b/c i love them...and the erasers haves never failed me...I buy a huge package of those cheap re-fillable pencils...the erasers pop right out of those...and that'll last you forever....sadly, I have now managed to sweat enough that even the glue is suspect...but for most people, the glue is more than enough
Wow, so I really need to learn how to make my own stuff - costumes, armbands, etc (I found a class to teach me to use a sewing machine, next need a costume making class). I know this will help tremendously in the future!!
But, until then....
I don't want to pay a lot for costume jewelry, so maybe I'll go without this time around. I'm new enough for the judges to forgive, I hope.
Yes, make your own. Most dancesport jewelry is not really jewelry. It is stretchy fabric with rhinestones/crystals on it. So you just need to get some sturdy fabric, sew a bit, and buy crystals from any metropolitan downtown. Crystals for just an armband, will be approx. $10 + 1-2 hours of labor.
I really respect jewelry makers, because they spend tons of time making jewelry. Earrings, I would probably just buy. Instead of big shiny ones, if you are starting out, you can buy cheaper crystal earrings with smaller crystals for $20 - $50.
Anybody know what the rubbery material is that is sometimes used on the hair pieces (and I believe on the appliques on some of the dresses)? I ask this question every year or so, but no one seems to know. I always guess liquid latex of some sort.