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« on: January 23, 2009 07:03:07 PM »

So I posted before... I'd made some pendants using seed beads rather than chip beads. I got my hands on some chip beads around Christmas time and made a few more Smiley

I also made one for my friend with amethyst-ish beads... but I gave it to her before I got photos.

Now, ethical dilemma time...
a few friends have offered to pay me to make them these. I know profiting from someone else's awesome idea (as far as I know phoenixfiredesigns is the brain behind this one!) is a no-no. Is it okay to accept payment to cover the cost of materials only? Cuz this stuff isn't cheap.

Another dilemma. A customer at the coffee shop where I work asked if I sold my pendants (I was wearing the green one). It seemed like a different situation than "selling" them to my friends.
Any thoughts?

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2009 07:16:23 PM »

phoenixfire is an awesome craftster..if you feel that bad about 'selling' it you may want to just ask her yourself..she's super cool so it wouldnt hurt..

on that same note..personally I feel like you put your own spin on it and why not sell it if people want it..

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2009 09:11:52 PM »

Aw, you guys are so sweet! Cheesy

And while I have become a bit famous (infamous?) for my Trees, I did not invent them. I, like many people, was inspired by a tutorial online and while have made my own modifications to the idea and have my own "style" now, I certainly don't own the concept.

By all means, if you have friends who want to compensate you for them and you're comfortable with it - go for it!

As to people asking you when you're out? This happens to me a lot. (I find wearing your own jewelry is a great free way to market your business! Wink ) I just hand people one of my cards and tell them to come by and visit and that I'd be happy to make something for them.

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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2009 10:25:37 PM »

Thank you both so much for the input!!

I wouldn't have been able to do anything without feeling guilty til I knew what fellow Craftsters thought Smiley

I love making these, so it would be nice to get a little something back from the effort. I guess my next task is to think of a price? Haha.

I'm glad Craftster is the kind of place where someone can ask what they think is a silly question and get real feedback Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2009 12:01:07 AM »

These are gorgeous! I think I may have to try my hand at this sort of pendant soon. Beautiful job.

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2009 09:48:42 PM »

I really need to try these. Great work!

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