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Stamps on waxes


#1

I have recently started casting a few commercially purchased wax
models. Is it proper to use my stamp on the final casting, considering
that the design was by someone else and I only did the casting. My
confusion revolves around the legal aspects of credit for design vs.
responsibility for metal content (item would also be karat stamped).


#2

I have recently started casting a few commercially purchased wax
models. Is it proper to use my stamp on the final casting,
considering that the design was by someone else and I only did the
casting. My confusion revolves around the legal aspects of credit for
design vs. responsibility for metal content (item would also be karat
stamped).

Thanks, in advance, for your responses.


#3

Dan,

If you are karat stamping (and are in the U.S. or Canada) not only is
it proper to use your stamp on the piece, it’s the law. (Legally, it
must also be a registered trademark: there’s more in the archives
about this topic, if you’re interested.)

If the work is not your orginal design, however, be sure not to use
the copyright symbol, the little c in a circle. That would be
incorrectly claiming the design is your original. Otherwise, what you
are claiming by stamping the piece is the workmanship (including the
metal quality), not the design.

Suzanne

Suzanne Wade
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Suzanne@rswade.net
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