Daily Wire Tip Oct. 13: Copyright and Wire Jewelry Designs

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
October 13, 2011


I’m confused. I’m just starting wire wrapping, have bought some tools, magazines, books and videos but nowhere does anyone address copyright or the legality of copying free wire wrapping patterns, pictures, videos etc. in wearing or selling the finished wire wrapped jewelry. I want to get this clear before getting excited about creating!

-Sue in Henderson, Nevada


Hi Sue, most of the time the copyright and restrictions on patterns are up to the designer who wrote the pattern, or else the publisher that published the pattern. If you don’t see a copyright notice anywhere on the pattern, book, or DVD, the proper thing to do would be to contact the pattern designer or the publisher, and ask about their restrictions. That way you’ll know for sure; copyright restrictions can vary.

If you’re asking specifically about Dale “Cougar” Armstrong’s DVDs, or any of the jewelry patterns on Wire-Sculpture.com, Dale’s covered that in this tip: Copyright and Jewelry Design, as well as some advice on ensuring you have copyright protection in this post: Making Wire Jewelry from Patterns, and Copyright. You can see Wire-Sculpture’s official policy on our Terms & Conditions page.

Being a knitter as well as a jewelry-maker, in my experience jewelry pattern designers are much more gracious in their “terms” of using the pattern. I’ve seen many patterns for knitwear – even ones that are purchased! – that still request that the knitter not even sell the finished product without getting permission from the pattern designer. You are certainly free to make, sell, give, and wear jewelry made from patterns on Wire-Sculpture. Thanks for asking, and have fun creating!

Answer contributed by Rose Marion

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    October 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

    It’s a good thing about the jewelry, Dale, since I have some things purchased right off my neck. I bought your book, I believe, before I knew you were affiliated with wire-sculpture.com, and your designs and instructions are awesome. Thanks, Anna-Marie

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      October 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Congrats Anna-Marie! and . . . thanks so much! I am very pleased that you find my book so informative and helpful :)

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    October 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for making this whole subject much clearer!