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221  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Copyright Info / Using Other Peoples' Images / Etc on: August 11, 2005 08:54:32 AM
Could someone please enlighten me?  I've been getting a lot of mixed information on this and I am confused...

Does anyone actually know the rules on what you can use and what you can't (and how)?  Does age play part?  Does that old 50 years+ rule apply?  And if you alter more than 50% of the image, does it really make a difference?

I am seeing a lot of crafts being sold featuring pin-up girls by well-known artists, etc...  I thought those were off-limits!  

And cutting pictures out of vintage magazines and using them for a unique item (decoupage) vs. scanning, printing, and reproducing it for a series of the same item, does it make a difference?

I have sooooooo many questions...

Anyone have any solid clues or know of any reliable resources?



Basically, the 50 years rule still applies, yes.

I know because I have just completed a level three city and guilds in media techniques, copyright issues was just one of the componants we had to know inside out.

You can also use material with the express permission of the owner, sometimes just a credit to them in acknowledgement will prevent a lawsuit!  A link to their site often softens people up a treat too, lol.  Say for example, a whole page out of a hundred in a book would not be considered plagiarism, just quote the source.

Anything that is considered "Intellectual Property" - something that has been created because someone has put their TIME, DESIGN,IDEAS,ACTUAL PHYSICAL EFFORT..etc, will have a copyright to it.  If you are intending to nick something for use yourself, not for profit, then you dont get any problems.  If you were to steal artwork images, then say put that image on a t-shirt, obviously things could get tricky, unless you approach the artist first. 

Hope this helps Smiley

222  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Selling crafts on e-bay... on: August 11, 2005 08:46:19 AM
I have probably sold at least 60 items on ebay, mostly stuff i had made, other stuff that i knew was hard to find for sale on there and i caught a niche in the market a few times, which was profitable.

if you want to sell your own stuff there, it is a gamble.  People dont care that something has taken 8 hours of your labour to create, the winning bids will never reflect that.  I came to the conclusion that you should keep those special labours of love for your close loved ones, special occasions, birthdays etc, but if you can find something to make quickly and inexpensively then you are laughing.

With any business venture, time is money.  Whether you are spending the time creating, writing up listings or adverts, trawling the net sourcing materials, researching the saleability of your stuff... and so on, it always comes down to personal time-hours in the day....(and boy there are never enough of those!!!)

I have got ebay sussed now, and have only been buying stuff, when really i need to start selling again to make back some of the cash!!! 

Dont forget.  You pay listing fees, then a small percentage of the winners bid.  Then if they pay you through paypal with a credit card, you pay another small percentage of that.  So an item that you sell for 99p at no profit whatsoever, can end up costing/losing you about another 30p on top.
223  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / mini glass painting on: August 11, 2005 02:12:34 AM
Here is a pic of one of my mini postcard sized glass paintings..... done on a 49p clip photoframe.  I drew the image first using a CD marker pen.  Flipped it over and traced over the pen with the relief, and filled in with the paints after it had dried.  I use the foil to line the behind part of the frame, so that it looks metallic and really reflects the light.  The marker pens, fineliners...come in lots of colours now, and can be used to add more details afterwards.  If you want to get rid of the tracing pen lines, use a little nail polish remover......

224  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Finished Project: Bottle Cap Mosaic on: August 11, 2005 01:55:53 AM
that is flippin amazing hun!!!  congratulations on having the verve to finish such a huge project!!!

Its very striking, and a great inspiration to recycle!!

225  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: the craftiest scooter(s) ever! Post em' if you got em'! on: August 11, 2005 01:53:08 AM
that scooter is fantastic girl!!!

Hey, this could be a new competition idea?Huh  Free advertising for craftster....  where can you display the logo without getting arrested for fly posting etc!!!!

I was thinking of a collage of the logo, like newspaper stylee, on a hat or something   Grin
226  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Making your own tshirts and selling them... on: August 11, 2005 01:40:23 AM
Hi there!

I have been asking similar questions myself just lately!!  I have done my design, flipped it over to mirror in photoshop........... I have just the one shot at printing it on the ONE sheet of transfer I have left!!!   I have the white t-shirt, for my hunny  (I want it to be a surprise for him!)  All that is left to do is get around to finishing it all off!!!

It amazes me how quick it is to just print off the design and iron on.  The whole job though from start to finish can vary so much, especially if i complicate matters and modify designs or start from scratch!!!  Will post a pic when I have completed the task!!

227  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing padding into a bikini top on: August 11, 2005 01:33:25 AM
.........I have also found that good old shoulder pads, also available from sewing shops can do the trick too.  They are made from really lightweight foam, which drains quickly as you get out of the water.  They come in a half-moon shape, which depending on the style of the top can be useful too.  I have used these before in corset tops, and evening wear with great effect.  Good luck!
228  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: handmade wedding invites on: August 10, 2005 01:06:02 PM
they look fantastic!!

I notice that you obscured the details in one part, but the phone numbers are still noticable..........just mentioned in case you get bombarded with prank calls  .....lol    Shocked
229  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creative input anyone? on: August 10, 2005 12:15:58 PM
take a razor blade to it!!!!  mini nicks and slashes can be formed into patterns on cotton t-shirts.......... its just a case of deciding how many, how big and where!!

I think it looks great already to be honest.

I have made the mistake in the past of keep going back to something because i am not sure about it, then ruining it completely!!!  So sometimes simple is better?! Undecided
230  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Smocking on: August 10, 2005 11:56:37 AM
Hi there,
I have been a "smocker" for about 14 years now, on and off.  My grandmother learnt when she was young, by the old drawing measured dots onto a piece of paper which was then tacked through the dots onto the fabric.  Nowadays, this long drawn out method has become obselete since the smocking pleater has been invented!!

I havent honed my dress making skills enough to make little girls dresses like my grandmother does, but I do make cushion panels which are the easiest form of turning the smocked panel into something usable!

There are more pics in the gallery by the way........

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