Making it My Own…

What do you do when you see a bead technique that would work really well for you… and someone’s already doing it?! For the first time, I’m working through that dilemna. I’ve been trying to come up with a bead that would compliment the stones I found in the U.P. this summer. And wouldn’t you know it… Lori’s dots fit the bill!! Doggone it… now what do I do? Being the big hearted person she is, when I told Lori what I was thinking about doing, she told me to go for it. So I’ve been playing around with the technique and I’m really pleased with the outcome.

My problem is that I don’t want people to think I’m “copying”!! Being labeled a copier is something that happens quite often in the bead business and it’s something I want to avoid at all costs. Lori is fine with me using the technique… but no one else (but you) knows. So what do I do? What would you do?

After giving it a lot of thought, I think the only way to know if I’ve changed the technique enough to call these mine is to show you… right?! So, gulp, here goes… be honest…

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…what do you think?

Nancy Sells Puffer is a lampwork bead/jewelry artist from Grand Rapids, MI. Check out her very own blog here and visit her website at www.nancysellsglass.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “Making it My Own…”

  1. tracybeads Says:

    Hey! That orange and yellow one looks like you rolled it in Fruity Pebbles! Or maybe I shouldn’t have skipped breakfast. 😉 I think they look nice Nancy, and different enough from Lori’s. I kept looking at yours and then over at Lori’s lavender bead on the left side of the page and I could tell them apart. While it’s a similar technique, I wouldn’t mistake those beads for hers and vice versa.

  2. nancysellsglass Says:

    LOL! Thanks Tracy. That’s what I thought, but it’s always nice to get confirmation… Now remember to eat breakfast tomorrow! 😉

  3. Ellen Says:

    Hey, if you feel like you copied Lori in any way then I guess I copied her too cause I’m using the same technique. Remember we talked about it in the bar? I feel like I put my own spin on the “look” and we all know – that’s what it’s all about.
    “There’s nothing new under the sun” and since most of us are very caring/sharing women, you’re going to see similar stuff in our world.
    Yours are great and so are Lori’s and I like mine too. hehe


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