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The FTC defines "hand-made" as any article made in its entirety
by hand. That includes findings. A wax, even though it may be
hand carved, becomes a casting and can therefore not be called
hand-made. This is the reason why hand-made rope chains usually
have a handmade barrel clasp , instead of the much more secure
lobster claw. It is o.k. to use fabricated sheet and wire to make
things, but the piece must be made totally by hand. Hope that
helps. If anyone has any questions about Platinum, call our
hotline at (714) 760-8882 or use this forum.
Have a platinum day
PLATINUM GUILD INTERNATIONAL
Jurgen J. Maerz
Mgr of Tech. Edu.