Friesen Fridays – Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on December 28, 2012 in 2013 Friesen Project by Katie Oskin

The Friesen Project

First, let me tell you that I am overwhelmed at the number of you wanting to join in on this project!  WOW!  Since last Thursday when the project was announced to today, I have had 55 people join The Friesen Project!  This is going to be great – I am so excited to have you all taking this journey with me.

Last week I chatted with all of you giving you details about The Friesen Project in a very long overview.  During this overview I answered many questions for you that you might have in venturing out on this year long endeavor.  But…I missed a few key questions!  This past week, your emails came streaming in with over 35 questions for me regarding this project (wow – email overload).  So today, I’m going to answer some of your questions that I received over and over.

Start it Up – Basic Questions:

Christi Friesen CF Originals Sculpture Series Book 1 - DragonsWhen Does it Start: The Friesen Project starts on January 4th, 2013.

Which Book are We Using First: CF Originals “Dragons” will be the book tutorials are based on for all of January.

What are we doing first: As described in the overview, the first week of every month will be a book review of the current book we are using for that month.  This will give those participants who have never read the book a chance to read the book, explore it’s content, and begin to think a la Christi Friesen!  The tutorials for 2013 will start on January 11th.

How Many Tutorials are There: As shown above and described in the overview there are a minimum of 40 weekly projects.  This is because as stated above, the first Friday of every month we will be reviewing the book for the month we are working on.  Because Book 6 “Birds” is out of print, there will be projects from her website in addition to the Polymer Clay & Mixed Media book.  This means that on those days there will be two projects and two tutorials.

Do I Need to Subscribe to the Email:  The correct answer is no, you don’t have to.  However, my answer is YES YOU DO!  And here’s why: Every week I will run the tutorial or book review.  You will get an email on Friday (sometimes Saturday) as your reminder to come on over and check the blog, get your project or review, or see what we’re working on.  So please, use the box at right and put your email address in it NOW to sign up.  Or, you can click here to do it too.  It will be very helpful for you to sign up for this email list so you can stay up to date with what everyone is doing.  Remember that at the bottom of every email is an unsubscribe link, so you can remove yourself from the email list at any time.

What If I Can’t Commit to Every Week:  That’s okay!  What if you complete 30 of 40 projects…would you say that is more NEW things and tutorials than you did last year?  If your answer is yes, then you are awesome and on your way to becoming “one with your clay.”


What is it for: The pinterest board has been set up as a public place where you can pin your created pieces for the project.  For example if on week one we are sculpting King Tut (which we are not…this is just an example), when your project is done, you can pin your finished piece to the Pinterest Board.

How to I join the Pinterest Board:  In order to join the Pinterest board, you just need to send me an email ( so that I can add you to the board.

Spam notice: Several people asked me about spam on this board.  Please be assured that if non-related Friesen Project material shows up on the board that I will delete the pin & remove the user from the board.

What Constitutes Spam: Non-related materials.  Anything NOT having to do with The Friesen Project.

How Do I Protect My Pictures: Several of you wrote to me wondering how to protect your pictures and claim them for Pinterest.  Here’s my advice.  When you take your picture, use photo editing software to add a watermark of you or your brand to the photo.  (See my example at right).  Then UPLOAD the photo to your own Pinterest Boards FIRST.  Then REPIN your own pin to The Friesen Project Board.

Do I Have to Use Pinterest: You do NOT have to use Pinterest at all for this project.  This is simply an option for those of you who want to showcase your talent, hardwork, and creativity to the world.  When I feature finished projects on my blog the following week, they will be pictures taken from the Pinterest page, so please be sure your pictures are sharp & clear so I can feature you!


Do I Have To: No one, absolutely no one, is required to use FaceBook for The Friesen Project.  This is a simple closed group (meaning you have to be approved to join) where you can check at any time to see what anyone is working on.  Perhaps you’re stuck on a name for your creation, or your having trouble with some aspect of the tutorial … this is a place where we can come and chat, get to know each other, share success & failure, and stay connected!  It’s a place where I get to know you (and did I mention Christi Friesen stops by there herself to check up on us?!) and help you as best as I can.


Build Your Brand on Etsy and Learn How to Tweet on Kater's Acres BlogHashTag: Yep, there’s a hashtag all set up for us.  Please use #FriesenProject on any of your tweets relating to the project.  If you want, you can click on the link and save the search on your Twitter accounts so you don’t have to look it up every time you want to see what’s going on.  And as a little bonus, I’ve also included a slider in the right-hand sidebar so you can easily see the newest tweets every time you are on my blog perusing The Friesen Project.  (Applause and thanks you are appropriate.  😎  And yes, you are welcome!)


If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in the comments below.

The Friesen Project

The Friesen Project is done in conjunction with Christi Friesen.  All tutorials are retaught here with her expressed permission.  Please make sure to read about the project here, and get answers to the most common FAQS here.  If you would like to join the project, feel free to sign up here.

JOIN - The Friesen Project


See you next Friesen Friday,
Until then, Happy Claying,

45 Comments for this entry

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Linda Childs
June 21, 2013

Just LOVE the clay things you make. I am just starting to work in polymer clay and I am also getting my webpage set up on Artfire so I can sell my crafts (I make several types of things). My question is: Can I use your patterns to make clay items and then sell them on my site? Please post an answer because I really want to make them and sell them.
Thanks for your answer and thanks for your wonderful stuff.

June 22, 2013

Hi Linda,

Thank you for asking. As a general rule of thumb you can NEVER copy & sell someone else’s design. It is illegal. Let’s use Parker as an example. Parker is copyrighted by the US copyright office; in reality he’s no different than Mickey Mouse. Therefore, anyone who copies and sells Parker is in violation of copyright laws because I own Parker’s name, design, character, etc.

Here’s a case in point…lots of people make and sell Mickey Mouse. It is illegal. Disney can and has in the past gone after those who sell Mickey’s image. They do this often in part because they have the financial resources to stop everyone on the planet from copying and selling the Mickey image (be it his hands, pants, shoes, likeness, etc), but also because it is illegal. Period. ONE sale of a Mickey Mouse can land you a penalty fine of $150,000 (imagine if you sold 300 of them) and that doesn’t include attorney & court fees. It’s just good practice not to do that.

Using others work as inspiration and a jump spring to your own designs is acceptable. Take a look at my peacock. Even though it’s done in Christi’s style, it is NOTHING like hers at all, mine has my whimsical touch and my bold colors that I’m known for, whereas Christi’s has a realistic and authentic look, mine does not. Another example: let’s say you’re making a Christi Friesen dragon, it’s okay to sell a dragon that is done in Christi’s “style” as long as you list in your ad somewhere: “Inspired by Christi Friesen” and it is NOT an exact copy. It is NOT okay to copy her designs (or anyone else’s) exactly, this is in violation of copyright.

The only way to get around the copyright is by obtaining expressed and written permission to make & sell someone else’s design, character, etc. Back to Mickey Mouse, let’s look at Jim Shore. Jim Shore does hundreds of beautiful Disney pieces and sells them for top dollar. Disney has granted Jim Shore a “license” to sell their image and attach Disney’s name to them … trust me that he pays SIGNIFICANTLY for this priviledge.

That’s a very vast overview, but I hope this makes sense to you. Let me know if you need additional help or information.


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Laura Brosi
December 28, 2012

Hey, thanks for added info. The only thing I’m not attached to is the Pinterest page. I’m fairly new to Pinterest, so I’m still figuring it out! I am following the Friesen Project group on there but I guess now I request to add me to it right? My name on Pin is Laura Phelps Brosi. Thanks again

December 28, 2012

Hi Laura – Please email me your Pinterest URL at the email address above. Thanks!


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