The “handmade vs machine-made” controversy regarding wax modeling
and casting is going on again on another thread.
I’ve made my choice - which is to call any one-of-a-kind casting
that is produced from a hand carved wax - handmade. If the wax is
made on a mill, lathe, or reproduced in a rubber mold - it is no
longer handmade. This is my opinion, and if the government thinks
otherwise, I am willing to spend some time and a bit of money trying
to prove my point to them. Y’all can make your own choices, and
that’s not the point of this post.
The FTC has a lot of very vague and antiquated
standards/regulations/laws - However, other than the karat content
in the products of large manufacturers - I have never seen nor heard
of them enforcing a mislabeled “Handmade” or a missing or
unregistered hallmark on ANY jewelry made in small studio shops. This
has been my experience in 38 years in the trade.
Here is what I want to know. Has ANYONE ever seen a Fed walking
through a craft show or even a trade show, snatching samples to
analyze or checking to see if they are properly marked/hallmarked?
Invading private studios to check these things? Contacting you and
questioning you on your product?
All I’ve ever seen are the Weights and Measures from local
government, and they are only checking to see if the scales you are
using have been tested and sealed…