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Tribal Dreams

About this design:

I give all the credit for the design to Lorelei Eurto. She recently posted several of these with the three chunky beads and 4 strands of mixed beads on her awesome blog. Loved them all. Copying is touchy.
I did this in order to test out the design and see what elements I like. I will not sell this piece, but may either keep it for my greedy self or give it away.


Krobo beads from Ghana, wood beads, horn beads, seed beads, glass beads, button and 4 ply waxed linen cord.

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  1. Laud
    Laud says:

    Beautiful. The colors really speak to me–they’re so lively and rhythmical. I think the African beads are probably the stars of the show, but everything works together perfectly.

  2. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I do love the colors and the rhythm of the piece! I know copying is touchy, but think of how many people have made a Chan Luu style bracelet and then sold it. You could simply say “inspired by” or “in the style of”.

    Anyway, if you DO give it away, that person is one lucky lady!

  3. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What a gorgeous design – - I totally understand you wanting to copy it for yourself ! The colors have the perfect contrast and the variety of sizes and shapes of the beads is just marvelous – - -

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Hey Lynda I love it! Its funny, I was just looking at those bracelets of Lorelie’s yesterday thinking how I could adapt them to beads I have…lol. I’ve adapted her necklace designs from the book she & Erin did & designs of Heather’s. See they are all generous and share their designs and encourage people so I don’t feel like I’m copying so much as honoring. Your bracelet reflects your take on the design, tribal…

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Gorgeous bracelet! Love the colors and texture in it. Whoever gets it, is lucky.

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    The rule is that if you put a picture in the public realm, you are allowing copying of the design. If you put it into a sellable source, like a book, the person buying the book can make the design and sell it. The honest way to do this is to acknowledge the original artist like Susie said, but all in all, there are a limited number of ways to do things and techniques cannot be patented. Beads can be connected only so many ways but it isn’t always the same beads.

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    And the design IS fabulous! :)

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I always remember to say who influenced my design if I am doing a “my version” of a design. The only exception to the public domain thing I believe is when you state that it is a copyrighted design.
    There is a tutorial that is free on a store’s page. But stated quite plainly under it is the rules regarding using it. If you sell an item using the tutorial you must state the designer’s name. I’m pretty sure if you didn’t and were caught lawsuits would be invloved. This also goes for all jewelry on the website. She states her.designa are.her intellectual property and will pursue legal action.

  9. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    I’m all about giving credit where its due, but to me this is a rather simple design.This isn’t a complicated pattern that someone spent hours and hours designing. I went to Lorelei Eurto’s website to check out her bracelets and I wouldn’t have known that’s where your design came from if you hadn’t said so. To me, yours has a southwest vibe going on with an emphasis on vibrant colors. Her work is much more dusky (is that even a word?) or veers into punk IMO. She should definitely be credited as your inspiration but I think the mechanics of the bracelet are pretty commonplace.
    Btw, I like yours MUCH better! :-)

  10. Asia
    Asia says:

    Inspiration yes, but you get the credit for selecting the beads it is simply beautiful, loving the colors, you inspired me to dust off my crobo beads :D

  11. Masha
    Masha says:

    Beautiful design, and we all get inspiration from “something”… And if it works, who cares???….:)

  12. CAS
    CAS says:

    Gorgeous … gorgeous … gorgeous!

    I agree with the others … there are only so many ways you can string a bead … but, that said, if the design is truly unique, combining unusual elements or a new technique, then the original designer should be credited in some way. To me if you put out pictures of it (and it’s fabulous) you are giving permission for others to be inspired by it.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Yes, yes to all the above.
    But in the end, this is one awesome bracelet!! :-D
    Well done!

  14. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject and bracelet. It’s alway nice to get other’s perspective on a confusing (at least to me) subject.
    Much appreciated!

  15. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Simply gorgeous, and you have made it uniquely your own.

  16. miss e
    miss e says:

    Well, I think if you make it distinctly yours then your fine. It would be nice to say you were inspired by whoever made the first piece. It’s beautiful! regardless of who came up with the original. :)

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I can see copyrighting something if people use the exact same elements, design, and techniques but I am willing to bet it needs to be nearly an EXACT copy of something to generate a lawsuit that stands up in court. I try to always do my own designs, though, because I would hate to upset someone who thought I was really stealing.

    I designed a pattern of suede leaves sewn onto a black dress when I was a fabric store employee. We hung it for customers to copy or be inspired. That was ok until an employee of a sister store came in and, as I watched, drew a copy of my design. A week later we caught her SELLING that EXACT pattern with her name on it as if it were her own. That’s where you draw the line. :)

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