Fulgorine

Colourful handmade polymer clay earrings and jewellery.

Ingleton, England

Announcement    *Due to the current conditions I am only going to the post office once a week (on Wednesdays). Therefore dispatch times for orders may be delayed. *

Here you will find a colourful mix of handmade jewellery, usually featuring my polymer clay art beads. Shipping is free to UK addresses. Most of my earrings have the option of hypo-allergenic niobium ear-wires.

I love to play with colour, pattern, and paint. I hope you will find something here that you love. I am happy to discuss making custom items, so please don't hesitate to contact me.

Stock levels are currently low as I am starting to relist items after a long break.

Enjoy!

Announcement

Last updated on 22 May, 2021

*Due to the current conditions I am only going to the post office once a week (on Wednesdays). Therefore dispatch times for orders may be delayed. *

Here you will find a colourful mix of handmade jewellery, usually featuring my polymer clay art beads. Shipping is free to UK addresses. Most of my earrings have the option of hypo-allergenic niobium ear-wires.

I love to play with colour, pattern, and paint. I hope you will find something here that you love. I am happy to discuss making custom items, so please don't hesitate to contact me.

Stock levels are currently low as I am starting to relist items after a long break.

Enjoy!

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Cate van Alphen

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About Fulgorine

Sales 39
On Etsy since 2010

This is my happy place, but you can buy a piece.

I discovered polymer clay by accident in 2009 when I stumbled across a page of intricate polymer clay millefiori pendants. I was instantly hooked and wanted to know how such colour and detail was achieved. With a material that can combine colour, texture and shape the possibilities are awesomely inspiring.

While my children were young I only had a few moments here and there to work on creative projects so polymer clay quickly became my favoured outlet as it doesn’t dry out so it could easily be picked up and put down as circumstance permitted. I also found myself working on smaller components like beads and earrings as it was immensely satisfying to be able to complete a project in an evening.

Now that my children are older, I have continued to make beads and earrings because I still find all the possible variations fascinating and the making of them takes me to my happy place. I have started to sell the earrings I make because I need to earn an income from something that I can fit around my childcare commitments and I would like to find homes for all the jewellery I have made.

Whether made to order or limited edition, every piece in my shop is individually hand-crafted with care by me. My designs usually feature some of my polymer clay art beads and a mix of other materials such as wire and textile. I have a huge collection of unique one-of-a-kind pieces but I don’t have time to list them all individually. If you have something in mind (e.g. colour and size), please contact me and I can list some suggestions or make something custom for you.

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  • Cate van Alphen

    Owner, Designer

    I am originally from South Africa, but I have been living in the UK for more than half my life. I have a BA in Computer Arts and I enjoy exploring different media: glass, painting, bead making... basically anything with colour, pattern and texture.

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Last updated on 22 May, 2021
Frequently asked questions
What is polymer clay?

Polymer clay consists of particles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) suspended in plasticizer. When fired in a home oven, the particles fuse solid, resulting in a hard durable substance. It is light to wear and warm to the touch, the closest texture I can think of for comparison is bone or ivory. The colours are vivid and the surface can be sanded to a smooth finish or given a matt texture.

Zero waste

My creation process has practically no waste – any unbaked clay offcuts get mixed up into new colours or used as core with layers of decoration on the outside. Any baked clay that I'm not happy with gets covered again or used as mosaic pieces. I even keep and use the scraps from drilling holes in my beads as decoration. Finally, I cure my finished pieces in a small dedicated oven at 110-130℃ which is a much lower temperature, and therefore less energy requirement, than glass and ceramics need.

Sourcing my beads

For the accent beads that I have not made myself, I sometimes repurpose necklaces from charity shops and broken jewellery that has been gifted to me. I carefully wash the vintage and reused beads so that they are clean and ready for their new life as part of your jewellery. My jewellery may include shells, pearls or stones with unknown origins, but I don't buy these new. When I do buy natural stone beads I check that the supplier sources these ethically.

Directly supporting artisans

I'm an independent artisan and, from this website, you are buying directly from me. I lavish a lot of time and care on my beads and I have calculated my prices to allow for a living wage. Your support means I can afford to get extra teaching assistance for my children who have special needs. I also try to support other artisans by buying their handmade beads to use in my jewellery (I will specify who has made the components on the individual listings).

Gift wrapping and packaging

I am working towards offering a gift wrapping option, but this is not yet available.

For my packaging I try to reuse as much as possible, so your order may arrive in a slightly tatty envelope, but inside your items will be safe in a small box made from a sustainable option such recycled paper and eco foam made from recycled plastic. For now I am keeping these unbranded so that you can reuse them for gifting, organising your paper clips or recycling as you choose.

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