Ethics In The Crafting World

The subject came up today at the forum I frequent. One of our members found out that a customer of hers bought several pendants in her Etsy shop and the buyer turned around and put them unaltered (not made into a necklace) in her web store for a higher price. (This is something I would never do without an agreement with the artist) The way they are described makes you think she made these items herself with no mention of the creator. I find this appalling, but the fact that said buyer used the artists own pictures and text to sell the items is criminal. I would say copyright infringement to be more exact.

With a little research it was found out that there were at least 7 other artists’ items she was reselling and making it seem she was the artist creating the items.

The seller from our forum, with help from a few forum members, contacted the other artists that were also being abused and they banded together. Complaints were filed with Etsy and the buyer has closed her account so she will hopefully no longer be making purchases from there. Now if only something could be done about her personal web store it would be a perfect day. I do believe her web host will be contacted about copyright infringement.

It’s a real shame that people like this exist. There are always those who are willing to set aside “the right thing” and do whatever will line their pockets. I am a believer in Karma and someday she will find herself on the receiving end, finding out what it is like to feel betrayed.

WE, as an artistic community, need to band together. Keeping our eyes open for these kinds of scams and being proactive is our best weapon. If you see someone selling “their work” and you have a feeling it was made by someone else, speak up and make it known. Spread the word in the forums and/or groups you belong to so these unscrupulous people can be stopped.

One thing we need to do is sign our work. I use either a logo rubber stamp I made or a cane (made for me by Leigh Ross) of my logo to identify my jewelry.

I am now stepping down off the soapbox 🙂

*Update – The buyer has changed the listing on her web site to include the artists names with the items they made. At least the artists that have contacted her and complained. I call this a small victory. 🙂

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Transfers Techniques You May Not Know About

There are so many ways to do transfers onto polymer clay it’s hard to keep track of them all. Here a few you may have missed.

Tina Holden describes how to do transfers with Flecto Verathane

Valarie Aharoni has a couple types of transfers described on her blog. First she uses an
acrylic polymer medium on toner copies.

The second technique uses baking parchment run through an inkjet printer.

I also found JudiKins TranzIt Rinse-Away Paper. The instructions are at the Polymer Clay Review Blog.

GOLDEN (brand) Digital Grounds is a new line of products that are Ink-jet Receptive Coatings. They say you can do transfers on any surface with this product.

This one doesn’t say it’s for clay, but could be interesting if it works. Mist Hair Gel and an inkjet printer??

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