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Any idea if this woven jewelry might have been made from a generic pattern?

Asked by Mariah (25876points) November 29th, 2011

I was fascinated with this design I saw on Etsy, so I stared at it for a long time and figured out how to make it.

Now my inclination is to not put anything like this in my Etsy store because I stole the idea from somebody else on Etsy, and it wouldn’t be right. But maybe this is a pattern that’s floating around out there free for anyone to use. I don’t even know what to Google in order to try and determine if that’s the case.

Have you ever seen something like this before? Any ideas?

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Ela's avatar

When I first looked at it, I saw a crochet pattern done with beads…

marinelife's avatar

If you made it our of different beads and different colors wouldn’t it look different enough?

Mariah's avatar

@marinelife The one I made looks plenty different, but I still stole the idea/shape/design from someone else. I just feel weird about it.

thorninmud's avatar

Looks pretty similar to this technique. Similar enough, anyway, that I’d consider it to not be a proprietary technique.

marinelife's avatar

@Mariah You did not “steak” the idea. You saw an article of jewelry and were inspired by it.

Judi's avatar

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Look at most things on etsy. I was looking for a yoga bag and found several people using the same basic design. People paint angry birds on Christmas ornaments and sell them. It is life in a capitalist society.

snowberry's avatar

@Mariah So let’s see your offerings on Etsy! I’m curious now!

linguaphile's avatar

I’ve seen this design included in ponybead kits that you can get at any craft store.

marinelife's avatar

@all I meant steal not steak.

Mariah's avatar

Thanks for the input, all.

@snowberry The link to my shop is here. I’m not home right now but later I’ll take a picture of the piece I made with this design if you want.

Mariah's avatar

Aaaand here is my pendant. The biggest difference from the other one is that I put a marble in the hole in the middle.

thorninmud's avatar

That’s very nice!

Mariah's avatar

Thanks! :)

Ela's avatar

I honestly think yours is the nicest of the two. The colors and overall design is much better, imo.
I also love your Hearts Charm Bracelet. I’ll be putting it on my birthday list : )

Mariah's avatar

@EnchantingEla Golly, thanks so much!

Ela's avatar

yvw : ) I would seriously buy one now if I had the cash but hopefully you will have one in April.
It will make a lovely b-day gift from me to me ; )

asmonet's avatar

What do you think art is? Steal away! So long as you aren’t making your own for the purposes of creating a replica to sell you’re in the clear as an artist. If you see a design, a technique or whatever and you figure out how to do it yourself, that’s talent not thievery.

If everything I saw and mimicked with a brush in my hand was stealing, copying or infringing – I’d have never learnt to paint.

asmonet's avatar

Also, yours is better and if I wasn’t incredibly poor I would it. Seriously.
It reminds me of the TARDIS insides.

Mariah's avatar

Thanks again for the advice on this, jellies. On your encouragement I made another pendant in which I altered the design enough that it hardly resembles the original and I’m going to put that one up on Etsy. I feel comfortable with that. And in keeping with the spirit of the season, it looks like a snowflake!

Ela's avatar

I like that one also : )
I’m pretty much a gold girl, though Silver doesn’t really compliment my complexion : (
Do you make them with crystals or gem stones? I absolutely love rose quartz, amethyst sapphire and selenite (for it’s spiritual value).

Mariah's avatar

@EnchantingEla Thanks!

Aw, I use silver and copper mostly, not so much gold. :( Gold is just expensive to work with. As are crystals and gem stones. Mainly these days I use glass beads and semi-precious stones. At least until I make enough money to feel okay about buying the more expensive materials. :(

Ela's avatar

The stones I’m thinking of are like the ones in the dragon claws here.
We’ve gotten pendants for $10, so I didn’t think the stones themselves were too expensive.
Do you mind if I tweet your link to some friends on Twitter next time I’m on it? I only have a few friends and go there rarely.

Mariah's avatar

Hmm, yeah I’m not so sure if that’s a real gem stone or if it’s glass that looks similar. It’s hard to tell from the picture. Because it’s so inexpensive I actually think it might not be real. I have stuff that looks similar, I just don’t really have real precious gems. I kind of consider it a ripoff because you can get supplies that look just as good, but just don’t have that title associated with it, for much less money. And of course those savings get passed on to the customer.

As for Twitter: do I mind?! Heck, I’m offering a 10% coupon for that! See my store page (the text at the top) for a full explanation.

Ela's avatar

Thanks, I’ll pass the link on : )
dang, i really want that bracelet..

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