As a pole dancer, you may or may not be aware that poles come in many different finishes. So, how do you decide which finish is right for you?
Chrome - Chrome is your industry standard for pole finish. It's most likely what you have at your pole studio.
Stainless Steel - This pole is great for people with nickel allergies and/or high use poles. It's polished to a mirror finish and able to withstand heavy use. If you studio doesn't have chrome poles- it probably has stainless steel.
Brass- Brass poles are great in hotter climates because the grip factor increases as the temperature rises. Another option for individuals with nickel allergies.
Titanium Gold - These poles are coated with the titanium gold finish for and even more enhanced grip. Great for individuals with grip issues that still want to be able to slide up and down the pole with relative ease.
Powder Coated - The powder coat enhances grip even further. Great for individuals with grip issues and you are still able to slide up and down the pole. Note that as the grip factor increases, discomfort on the skin will also increase. As with most aerial things - you'll build up a tolerance to it.
Silicone - This is the ultimate easy to grip pole. When you give it a squeeze it is actually squishy! Makes poling in leggings possible - great for practicing inverts, climbs, and static poses. You will NOT be able to slide up and down the pole with this finish.
Keep in mind, if you choose a finish other than chrome or stainless steel, you'll likely be able to do some tricks at home that you're still unable to do at your studio. Don't let that frustrate you! As you continue to practice your grip strength will increase until you're finally able to do that trick on any finish.
If you're practicing for a competition, I'd recommend sticking with the chrome or stainless steel finish. Once you're on stage you'll be facing bright lights, adrenaline, an audience, and nerves - you probably don't also want to be working on a different finish pole than you're used to!
Have more questions? Leave a comment!
Want to know more about grip aid options?
There are many different grip aids on the market, so knowing which is right for you to use can feel a bit overwhelming! Here's a quick guide to the most commonly used grip aids, what apparatus they're good for, and what grip issue they'll help you with.
Measure the height from the ground to your rigging point in feet.
Multiply that measurement by 2.
Divide that total by 3 to convert your feet to yards.
Add 2 or 3 yards for your tail.
Aerial Hammock/Sling (Rigging with a Rescue-8)
Measure the height from the ground to your rigging point in feet.
Subtract however many feet you want your hammock off of the ground. (Usually 2-3 since many of us aren't rigging from great heights. If you're lucky enough to have a tall rigging point, you can subtract 2-5 feet)
Multiply that amount by 2.
Divide your total by 3 to convert to yards.
Add two yards to create a safe knot through the Rescue-8.
So, you want to add some sparkle to your costume. You run to the craft store and search for rhinestones. Where are they? The kids craft aisle? With the jewelry-making supplies? In the aisle with the other costuming items?
Yes. You'll find rhinestones in all of those places - and more! Don't forget the scrapbooking aisle, the wedding section, and with the stickers. They're probably hiding in more places around the store too!
So where do you start??
If you're anything like me - you're completely overwhelmed and have no idea what the difference between all of these rhinestone varieties are! Some come in enormous packaging and some in tiny bags. Some seem fairly inexpensive and others are very pricey! So what do you do?
Well, you've come to the right place. I'll give you the rhinestone rundown
The biggest determining factor on price is the quality of the rhinestone. There are two factors that play into quality.
Crystal rhinestones are top-of-the-line. The most popular crystal brand is Swavorski. You've heard of that one, right? Yeah, they have their own jewelry store in malls. So, as you can imagine, they also are usually the most expensive. Don't be fooled by products using the Swavorski keyword. Lots of knock-offs use this in their search terms to get you to buy!
Glass rhinestones have great shine and light reflection. They're similar to crystal rhinestones, but without as big of a price tag.
Plastic rhinestones will not reflect light nearly as well as glass or crystal. These are the kinds of rhinestones you find in the kids aisle or mixed in with costume materials.
The industry term for this is facets. The number of facets a rhinestone has increases how well it reflects light. More facets (cuts) means more angles for light to hit and bounce off the stone. Swavorski's newest rhinestone has 16 facets.
Rhinestones marked "AB" have an aurora borealis finish on them. These reflect multiple colors rather than just the color of the rhinestone.
The size of the rhinestone will affect the price as well. Rhinestones are usually sized by "SS" which stands for "Stone Size". Sometimes you'll see "PP", which is "Pearl Size". Both the PP and the SS sizes are included on the attached chart, along with an image to let you see the size of the rhinestone.
Rhinestones are sold by the gross. One gross = 144 rhinestones.
There are four main ways to attach rhinestones to items.
1. Glue-on. Exactly what it sounds like. You use glue to attach the rhinestone to the material.
2. Hotfix. These have a special compound on the back that will adhere to material when heat is applied. Some are low-heat hotfix and others require a special heat press to use.
3. Sew-on. These have tiny holes you can thread a needle through to attach to clothing.
4. Adhesive. These rhinestones are not meant for clothing. These are stickers which can be used on paper or hard surfaces.
So that's the need-to-know about rhinestones to get you started! For comparison purposes, I've included a few links to different quality rhinestones. All price examples listed are equivalent 1-gross.
Swavorski - 16 facets - around $29.95
Glass - around $7.50
Plastic - around 4.99
Crave Glam has size SS20 glass rhinestones in 12-facet and 16-facet cuts.
1 gross of the 12- facet rhinestones is only $2.97
1 gross of the 16-facet rhinestones is only $4.97
I did a side-by-side comparison, and Crave's 16-facet rhinestone is indistinguishable from the Swavorski rhinestone. As the owner, I'm sure my word doesn't mean as much as a customer review - so I'm looking forward to getting some feedback to post as well! Keep an eye out for a special promotion!
For shipping, a 4-gross minimum order is required, but you can mix and match! If you're ordering any other item from Crave, you can add on a single gross of rhinestones.
Have a recital, student showcase, or performance coming up? Live in the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana area? Reach out to Crave to have us vend at your event!
Top five reasons you should host Crave as a vendor:
5. You'll be supporting a local small business! We need to stick together!
4. Building a relationship with Crave opens opportunities to create partnerships in the future. We currently have two in-studio mini-stores set up. These stores provide a service to your students at no risk to you or your business! You don't pay a dime for the inventory. Crave provides you with a selling platform (i-pad or similar) and will switch out and update inventory frequently. Other opportunities include performance opportunities, professional costume design services, custom apparel, and much more!
3. You can count on Crave to show up on-time, set up a beautiful vending space and have friendly and genuine interactions with your guests.
2. Having a vendor at your event takes the event to the next level. An event featuring vendors shows an added level of professionalism and planning. Your guests will be impressed by YOU.
1. The single best reason to host us as a vendor is as a convenience to your students and guests. Crave has a large inventory of pole, fitness, dance, and aerial apparel and accessories that aren't usually able to be seen, touched, tried-on and sampled in-person. Your students and guests will appreciate having the opportunity to stock-up on much needed grip aids, cute fitness wear .
Contact Crave today to get your event scheduled!