One of my “beady” friends on Facebook posted a beautiful picture of a pair of earrings. I normally only buy either vintage jewelry or finished pieces that I can’t make myself, such as something made by a metalsmith. Anyone who knows me should know I love Day of the Dead artwork, Mexican tin art and skulls (along with bugs but that’s a different story.) So when I saw these earrings I fell in love. My first thought was, these are totally my style. My second thought was, I could totally make these. My third thought was, I have to buy them. Darn it!
Now I know what some of you are thinking…if I could just make them myself, why would I buy them? The answer is because that’s stealing! I didn’t design them. True, I’m not making them to sell; they would be for me to wear. Still stealing in my book. They are not made from a tutorial I purchased or was published for free. They were not in a bead book or magazine I had purchased. They were designed and created by someone else. It was her idea to put them together in that order and hang them that way. The moment she photographed them, they were copyright protected. If I want people to respect my designs, I must respect the designs of others. If I make my own skull earrings, either for personal use or for sale, they will be completely different. Heck, even if I happen to own every bead she used in these earrings, I would not put them together the same way–I think it’s wrong.
So as a very special treat for myself, I have purchased these lovely earrings from the awesome jewelry designer Heidi Post.
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