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…
…what do you think?