I used different colors of clay and different designs.
On these purple beads I used different designs and made designs on the front above and back below.
The following picture is of beads that I made a year ago long before I saw the first picture shown of Keila Hernandez' beads. I have been using texture, antiquing and layering of clay since I started working with polymer.
The inspiration for these beads came from looking at Christi Friesen's work. Not a copy but definitely inspired by looking at her creations. The first polymer book that I purchased was one of Christi's books.
I asked Keila for permission to use her beads in my blog as I talked about copying and inspiration. She gave me permission to do so but said that the idea of those beads came from Barb Fajardo on Flickr. Barb made a similar bead in 2007 with a swirl lentil bead.
My question is... what is my original work? I am not mass producing or trying to win any contests with these as "original designs" and I wouldn't enter them as originals but it raises a question in my mind. What is a copy and what is an original idea? What is your opinion?