This has been a sensitive topic and I won't get too much into it. I know Lorelei has had some posts about it and so have some other people.
My question has to do with "copying" someone else's designs. When I get my issue of Stringing or Creative Jewelry and see a piece that knocks my socks off, and there is a list of materials and step-by-step instructions of how to make it, is it okay to make that piece?
I am talking about a necklace I saw in Creative Jewelry last summer and I fell in head over heels in love with it. I am in the process of making that necklace. However, I'm using a different pendant, different stones, different spacers, even brass instead of silver. I am not planning to sell the necklace - I am going to wear it. I don't sell my jewelry, anyway. Is it okay to make it and wear it? And is it okay to show you on my blog, if I tell you where the inspiration came from?
And then, to add to that, what if I see a bracelet on someone's blog and I say to myself, "oh, I like the way she has the bead over there like that and it's attached like that, and then there's that other stuff over there." Is it okay to use my own beads and just kind of make a take-off of that bracelet, even if it's my own interpretation?
I truly don't want to start a huge debate - really, really, really don't want to start a debate. I just don't want to break any rules of etiquette amongst the beading community that I may not know about yet because I'm new to the community.