Fulgorine is creating polymer clay art, beads and jewellery.
1

patron

$3
per month
I am Cate van Alphen and I have been making polymer clay beads and jewellery since 2009. Obsessively. I sell my work which pays for my habit, only I feel that if I were sponsored, I could make, explore, experiment and share my obsession better.




I'd love to make more tutorials, and while I'd like to earn a living from polymer clay, I'd like the tutorials to be absolutely free. This is because much of what I have learned has come from free information, so I want to give back to the pool of shared knowledge. I need more time for this. Patronage would free me to do it.

Currently I am a full-time mother of two small children. Being an artist too, is tricky, believe me! With your patronage, I would be able to hire someone to help with the vital things like cleaning my house so I have more time to clay. And that gives someone else a job too.


Polymer clay is a young medium, only 50 years old. It's still maturing. Sometimes it's dismissed as something that kids play with, but so is paint! To an artist, Polymer clay is serious stuff. Polymer clay has a lot of undiscovered potential to make beautiful things. I'd like to make art that can only be created by using polymer clay.

If you are interested in my progress so far, have a blog where I explain how and why I make certain pieces. It also includes tabs for the free tutorials I have made, and details of my various shops.

Making brings me joy, I hope that by showing what I make, and how I do it, a little bit of that happiness can be passed on to others. With your help, I will be able to share my joy.

Thank you for spending your time reading this.
Tiers
Seed bead
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Seed beads are small on their own, but when enough of them are added with care they become more than the sum of their parts.


  • As an official patron, you'll have access to my patron-only feed with project updates and occasional discounts for my online shop. 
Accent bead
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Accent beads play a supporting role and can be pretty special too. If the focal beads weren't quite so shiny, they'd be the star of the show.


  • In gratitude for your contribution I will give early access to tips and tutorials before sharing them with the whole wide world.
  • You'll also get the discounts and updates from the previous reward.
Focal bead
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
The focal beads in a design really make things pop.


  • In reward for your shininess, I'll send you a mystery pair of earrings (or a couple of wine glass charms if you prefer), but only once.  
  • I'll also give you a 10% discount from my online shop valid for as long as you remain a patron.
  • Plus the feed and previews mentioned above.



Thread
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
The thread may not be the most visible part of a design, but without it things literally fall apart. Beads on their own have potential, the thread pulls things together to make something with substance.


  • To say thank you I'll send you a £50 voucher to use once in my online shop.
  • I'll increase your ongoing discount to 15%.
  • And of course you will also receive the earrings, feed and previews mentioned above.  
Goals
$3 of $10 per month
I'd like to incorporate more gemstones and unique beads in my work. Meeting this goal would allow me to buy more art beads from other artisans and share your generosity.
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I am Cate van Alphen and I have been making polymer clay beads and jewellery since 2009. Obsessively. I sell my work which pays for my habit, only I feel that if I were sponsored, I could make, explore, experiment and share my obsession better.




I'd love to make more tutorials, and while I'd like to earn a living from polymer clay, I'd like the tutorials to be absolutely free. This is because much of what I have learned has come from free information, so I want to give back to the pool of shared knowledge. I need more time for this. Patronage would free me to do it.

Currently I am a full-time mother of two small children. Being an artist too, is tricky, believe me! With your patronage, I would be able to hire someone to help with the vital things like cleaning my house so I have more time to clay. And that gives someone else a job too.


Polymer clay is a young medium, only 50 years old. It's still maturing. Sometimes it's dismissed as something that kids play with, but so is paint! To an artist, Polymer clay is serious stuff. Polymer clay has a lot of undiscovered potential to make beautiful things. I'd like to make art that can only be created by using polymer clay.

If you are interested in my progress so far, have a blog where I explain how and why I make certain pieces. It also includes tabs for the free tutorials I have made, and details of my various shops.

Making brings me joy, I hope that by showing what I make, and how I do it, a little bit of that happiness can be passed on to others. With your help, I will be able to share my joy.

Thank you for spending your time reading this.

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Tiers
Seed bead
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Seed beads are small on their own, but when enough of them are added with care they become more than the sum of their parts.


  • As an official patron, you'll have access to my patron-only feed with project updates and occasional discounts for my online shop. 
Accent bead
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Accent beads play a supporting role and can be pretty special too. If the focal beads weren't quite so shiny, they'd be the star of the show.


  • In gratitude for your contribution I will give early access to tips and tutorials before sharing them with the whole wide world.
  • You'll also get the discounts and updates from the previous reward.
Focal bead
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
The focal beads in a design really make things pop.


  • In reward for your shininess, I'll send you a mystery pair of earrings (or a couple of wine glass charms if you prefer), but only once.  
  • I'll also give you a 10% discount from my online shop valid for as long as you remain a patron.
  • Plus the feed and previews mentioned above.



Thread
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
The thread may not be the most visible part of a design, but without it things literally fall apart. Beads on their own have potential, the thread pulls things together to make something with substance.


  • To say thank you I'll send you a £50 voucher to use once in my online shop.
  • I'll increase your ongoing discount to 15%.
  • And of course you will also receive the earrings, feed and previews mentioned above.