So, today sees me reprimanded for creating my finger armor.
I had been inspired to dig out my old designs based on armor gauntlets after seeing Erin Simonetti's finger ring and created my black and silver howlite piece. I didn't examine her design to see how she made it.....I just went back to my old drawings and though they weren't designed for bead weaving (I didn't know about bead weaving back then) I saw how my patterns totally were right for bead weaving. I really tried to do something different from Erin's and even took the design into a whole new construction technique this past weekend (different from my original pattern which was shaped like Erin's).
However, it seems that Erin has a patent pending on her finger ring and she says it covers any bead woven ring that covers the entire finger. That means no one can sell, publish or create a pattern for a bead woven ring that covers the finger but her for the next seventeen years. I was in the process of creating a five section finger armor piece, totally different from hers but with her patent being so general it doesn't allow for even that. How sad! Talk about being cut off at the creative knees, even if I just make one for myself I can't even send it to a magazine as a 'show and tell piece' because if they publish it I'm violating Erin's patent.
I haven't found her patent yet but I did find another interesting one. This one is for a beaded bead made by wrapping beads with a thread around a base bead. There are a lot of people using this technique and it's frequently published so how does that effect the beading world?