Well, this week I've had copying and originality on the brain. Really. It's been weighing heavily on my mind.
It all started with a post on Beading Daily forums about whether it is ethical to see something in a magazine and then create your own version and then sell it on Etsy:
And then a beautifully written post on this blog:
Which led me to purchase this lovely tutorial:
Which led me to create this lovely pendant!
Which I plan to wear to my stepbrother's wedding next weekend.
I made it to go with this top:
and am planning a thin herringbone cord to hang the pendant from!
Funny how an ethics discussion led me to create something (that I think is) gorgeous to wear to a wedding.
Circular peyote is one of my favorite stitches. I've been doing earrings in a circular peyote pattern for over a year now, and I've made a few pendants of my own in a circular peyote pattern.
But then I saw La Bella Joya's beautiful "Carnival Pendant" and fell in love (okay, it's true that I fall in love with beady things often!!!). And it's also true that I studied the photos intensively figuring "I can do that!". But there were nuances in the pattern that I couldn't wrap my head around and so in the spirit of all that was going on in my head this week ethically, I purchased the tutorial. Outside of buying books, this is the first time I ever bought a tutorial. ( I have always figured, whatever is out there will eventually find itself in a bead magazine or I could certainly find on a YouTube video ) But I AM GLAD I DID! The instruction and diagrams were done perfectly. And there are definitely parts in the pattern that I am certain no matter how many times I might try, I wouldn't have figured out. and i'm so thrilled with the results and I can't wait to try pattern with different colors and stones and frankly lots of other variations of sizes and shapes.
Will I ever take this pattern and create some pieces and sell it on Etsy? No. That just doesn't feel right.
Will I play with this pattern with different colors, sizes and shapes??? Absolutely!!!! Will it ever become my own? Maybe, maybe not. But I can tell you that there are several women in my life who will enjoy the fruits of my labor.