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I make picture frames and most of the time I sell just the frame.  I have some prints by other artist that I want to frame and sell.  To me this would be like adding an embellishment to my frames like others do to jewelry and other items.   This Little Light.jpg What is your opinion?

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My definition of handmade  is having an  idea/design and making a product. Whether it is embellishing a hat, using commercial beads and findings to make a necklace, a knitting machine to make a scarf, a sewing machine to make a quilt, etc. it is all handmade.  I think having handmade, hand assembled and embellished all in the same category works. Designed with a production partner could be a separate category. Just my 2 cents.
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I just put a new picture of one of my necklaces on the Google+ forum. The wire wrapped donut and viking knit chain are handmade by me but the leather cords on the sides are added components. For time, this is 80% handmade plus it is my inspiration. I show this to give an example of what I feel is handmade. The leather components are the same as adding a ribbon or chain to a pendant. When I was posting this today, it reminded me of our previous discussions. 
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My opinion only:  I consider a product of mine handmade IF I am the last person to work with it, and IF I have input at least half of the production time/effort.

When someone else - "a production partner" - produces something from a seller's design, it's not handmade.  It's designed by seller, and manufactured by someone else.  While it may be a highly desirable treasure to everyone, it's still not "handmade."

Handknitted by a knitter from commercial yarn?  Handmade.

Woven on a hand loom from handspun yarn?  Handmade.

Woven by someplace in a factory out of handspun yarn?  Not handmade.

Jewelry made with purchased beads and findings, assembled by seller in a unique pattern of their design?  Handmade.

Jewelry made in less than 30 seconds by sliding a purchased charm on a jump ring onto a purchased chain?  Not handmade.

Painted by an artist on purchased canvas with purchased paints?  Handmade.

Drawn by artist, copied on their printer, cut and framed by artist?  Handmade.

Pottery made by individual, utilizing purchased molds, clay and paints, painted in individual's own style?  Handmade.

Unique design by artist, sent to factory in (anywhere), somehow applied to mass-produced mugs and drop-shipped?  Sorry, not handmade.


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I agree with all of these
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I like the post by barkingrock. Seems reasonable.

I have a sterling and bead necklace in my shop. I purchased the glass beads. i purchased the lobster clasp (no way I could create that by hand). I also purchased several feet of sterling silver wire. I wrapped it around a metal mandrel and cut the resulting loops apart ro make the rings. I threaded the beads onto each ring and wove them together. Handmade?
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