Hand made is hand made, from beginning to end the piece must be >
fabricated by hand. No casting, molding, drawing waxes, buying
premade findings, etc. Nothing can be purchased or cast in >
order for it to be considered, and to be stamped, hand made.
The question is at what point is a
piece of jewelry not "Hand Made" and I disagree in your answer.
I am a 'newbie' to jewelry, using this and other forum threads
as a means to help find out who I am in this area. I also
disagree with your answer, because I cannot but see casting as
another skill that I can use to create a piece of jewelry. I can
also see that the ENTIRE PROCESS must be controlled by ME in
order to meet the 'hand made' criteria as _I_ perceive it. I do
agree there should be no "buying premade findings, etc.". This
would violate the precept that the creation is entirely
controlled by ME. However, that "Nothing can be purchased..." is
going a bit far, IMHO! I can't buy silver or gold? I can't buy
stones? I can't buy the paper, or the computer diskette on
which to record my ideas? I can't buy the pencil to commit
these ideas to paper?
Like others, I believe there HAS to be a middle ground. Are you
actually quoting or paraphrasing the rules of one or more shows
or fairs with this definition? If so, perhaps they need to
review their own criteria by performing a 'sanity check'! If
so, perhaps it could be the function of the artists to point out
the impracticallity of these criteria! Perhaps the exhibitors
at these shows should read the very fine print of the rules to
make SURE what the criteria are, just in case.
As a 'newbie', I'll certainly read the fine print, thanks to you