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« on: November 12, 2011 09:30:32 PM »

I joined a swap recently where my partner really wanted something that was polymer clay. Since I'm pretty bad at that one, I made an irl swap with a friend of mine. I made her a hairpiece and she made the clay thing. I didn't tell the person I sent it to, and she already has it.
Do I need to tell her? Is doing that allowable? I made the other 2 items in the swap.
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2011 04:10:54 AM »

I always tell my swap partner. My DH & I both craft. Sometimes he makes the swap item or helps me with it.  I know that's a little different since my DH lives with me. Smiley I think it's important to acknowledge the artist so they get the kudos they deserve.

My Mom used to help me make swap items. She does not live with me. Smiley This is before I joined Craftster. I always made sure I told my partner my Mother made it so she gets credit.

I always include something I made in the package to go along with the other items that were crafted by my family members.

I have seen swap packages where the giver had included items made by others. She or he always credited the original crafter or artist.

I hope that helps.

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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2011 10:03:43 AM »

I agree with lylacfey. I think as long as you make most (or at least some) of the package, then it's no problem to include the work of another crafter. I'd always tell my swap partner though, so the person who made it is acknowledged. And if you don't say anything, future swap partners might expect you to make them something similar!


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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2011 12:21:48 PM »

And if you don't say anything, future swap partners might expect you to make them something similar

This is a great additional point.

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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2011 04:54:32 PM »

I make a point of mentioning ANYTHING that was made by someone else.  For example, in one of the swaps I was in this summer, I received a nice handcrafted card from my partner.  I cut the cover off and re-used it to write a note on in another swap to a different partner, who also happened to like the subject matter of the card.  I made sure to mention to the person who received the card from me, that it was originally made by "so and so in the blank swap". 

I've not gotten credit for swap items that were sent to someone else, and it does hurt.

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