Be a Patron!

workshopPatreon is an amazing way for people to earn their livings as independent artists.

For hundreds of years artists have thrived on the patronage of their communities and Patreon is a modern day continuation of that integral process. Patreon.com is a website for artists to achieve their goals through gaining and maintaining a regular monthly income with micro donations.

For my work, this means that you, my wonderful patron, give a donation, however small, even as little as $1 a month (it seriously all helps!) and as a thank you I make a piece of jewelry for you. Dependable monthly income is vital to artists who work to make a living off of their work and Patreon is a great platform to make that happen.

It is also a way to get handmade jewelry for less.

Since like any artist, I covet the idea of dependable income, you can get my work for less through being a patron than through Etsy or commissioning a piece. For example, take these adorable whale earrings:

Whale Stud Earrings 1

They’re cute, handmade and hand engraved, all sterling silver stud earrings. You can get them on Etsy for $30. You can get them directly through me for the same price. My patrons got them for $27 and free shipping.

How?

My patrons at the $9 a month level get a different pair of earrings at the beginning of every season. That means every every December, March, June and September (as long as you have already been a patron for at least three months) a new pair of earrings is delivered to your door for as long as you are a patron. So every three months you get a pair of earrings worth $30 or more for only $27. 

Past Patreon Gifts

The earrings are from the $9 a month level, the mala bracelets are from the $13 a month level. Each are sent out every three months.

A Few Other Bonuses

A few other bonuses (besides the beautiful jewelry delivered to your door) come with every level of patronage. Joining at any amount gives you:

mandala-sketches

  • First access to my sketches and works in progress
  • A look at my new work before I put it up for sale in my Etsy shop
  • Behind the scenes photos and info you won’t find on my Facebook or Instagram
  • And you will never pay full price for my work again! Get a 5% off coupon code to use every time you buy something in my Etsy shop. Forever. Plus go on my personal patrons list and get 5% off your purchases when you order directly through me.

So you know, it’s kind of cool.

So Many Options!

You can pick any amount to donate on a monthly basis. But there are eleven different gift levels. For the moment they are either Seasonal, where you get a gift every three months, or monthly, where a piece of jewelry is sent to you every single month. The amounts range from $1 to $135.

Here’s the breakdown

$1 or more per month (Every level above this also gets these benefits!)

  •  A BIG THANK YOU!
  •  First access to my sketches and works in progress
  • A look at my new work before I put it up for sale in my Etsy shop
  • Behind the scenes photos and info you won’t find on my Facebook or Instagram
  • Never pay full price for my work again! Get a 10% off coupon code to use anytime you buy something in my Etsy shop, forever. Plus go on my patrons list and get 15% off your purchases when you order directly through me.
Goat Earrings 2
$9 or more per month – Seasonal Earrings – Get a new pair of earrings delivered to you at the beginning of every season (December, March, June, September). Must be a patron for at least three consecutive months to receive the gift.
Patreon Mala 1609
$13 or more per month – Seasonal 27 Bead Mala Bracelets – Get a new mala bracelet delivered to you at the beginning of every season (December, March, June, September). Must be a patron for at least three consecutive months to receive the gift.

Honey drop ring 3

$16 or more per month – Seasonal Rings – Get a new ring delivered to you at the beginning of every season (December, March, June, September). Must be a patron for at least three consecutive months to receive a gift.
Whale Stud Earrings 1
$26 or more per month – Monthly Earrings – Get a new pair of earrings every month.
Taylor Heck - dreamcatcher mala
$35 or more per month – Monthly 27 Bead Mala Bracelets – Get a new short mala bracelet every month.
Emmah's Mala - white
$40 or more per month – Seasonal 108 Bead Mala Bracelets – Get a new mala wrap bracelet every season (December, March, June, September). Must be a patron for at least three consecutive months to receive a gift.
Malachite Drop Ring
$45 or more per month – Monthly Rings – Receive a new ring every month.
Gerber Daisy Pendant
$47 or more per month – Seasonal Layered Necklaces – Get a layered necklace at the beginning of every season (December, March, June, September). Must be a patron for three consecutive months to receive a gift.
Compassion Surmounts All Obstacles 2
$115 or more per month – Monthly 108 Bead Mala Bracelets – Get a new mala wrap bracelet every month.
Rectangle Birds - Detail
$135 or more per month – Monthly Layered Necklaces – Get a new layered pendant necklace every month.

If you’re interested in any of these options check my Patreon out at www.patreon.com/SaraKear!

Well, this was a long post. But I hope you liked learning about Patreon! Be sure to check out some of the other awesome artists on the site too!

Published by Sara

Sara Kear is an artist and yoga teacher living in Perrysburg, Ohio along the muddy and beautiful Maumee River. In her art she works with mixed metals in intricate hand cut and fabricated jewelry designs. Images in her work include nature, animals and mythological subjects. She came to yoga to help with her anxiety and depression and believes the movement, meditation and breathing practices aided her in finding both calm and joy in her life. Certified with a RYT-200 from Ashaya Yoga, her classes combine alignment based techniques, breath work and meditation with compassion and humor.

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