Frutiquette and Terms of use

Aren’t you sure which of the things on the website can be shared, made to be sold or even freely spread and taught?

You don’t have to feel lost any more.

You can find a few recommendations below. There are terms of use which apply to the website and its contents but also some general recommendations which you may find useful in the whole polymer clay and art community.

Freely accessible contents

Everything on the website which is available to everyone for free, e.g. articles, tutorials, photos and videos.

Don't make your source a secret

Whatever you share, whether it is a text, its part, a photo, video, please quote your source. At least include the link to the website from which you shared (you can find the link in the address bar of your browser).

Facebook and other applications often include the link themselves.


Get inspired and respect the author

Don’t be afraid to get inspired. You can make the jewellery you want using freely accessible tutorials, so please be grateful and quote the source or author of the tutorial.

Example: Attack Ewe brooch made following Fruitensse’s tutorial (you can use the link too if it’s freely accessible).

Other contents

Purchased content as articles, photos, videos and pdfs. Also content, which is not accessible freely for everyone.

You can create and sell but mention the source

You can create and sell your work from courses or made with tutorials. If you quote the source or author, author will be surely pleased.

Example: Inspired by Fruitensse tutorial Corree.

Don't share paid tutorials and workshops, or their parts, and don't teach them

Watch out! You are not allowed to reproduce or distribute the tutorial or its parts without the author’s explicit permission. First of all, that is the breach of copyright and secondly, your reputation will get seriously damaged. As far as the contents of the workshops is concerned, you are kind of in the grey area; it depends on the teacher’s specific conditions. Anyway, don’t teach the technique without the teacher’s explicit agreement. Moral principles are deeply rooted in the artistic world and the polymer clay community sticks together. The others would make you pay for such behaviour.

You can do whatever you want with the contents (even teach it) if you have the author's permission

If you got scared by the previous paragraph, you can sigh with relief now. Everything is up to the agreement you make. Maybe you come up with a new technique incorporating the technique you learnt on a course, or a new project with this technique and you would like to teach it. Or maybe you bought a tutorial and you can teach children in the kindergarden how to make funny broches. All of these are good reasons to ask the author for permission. You may not reach any agreement but at least you know where you stand. You will probably come to some kind of compromise, e. g. promotion, comission, and the manner of presentation. Just ask. And please respect the author’s answer, whether it is positive or negative.


An example situation may look like this:

“Hello, I bought your Attack Ewe tutorial and I would like to teach children at a children’s camp how to make the sheep. I would like to ask if it is possible.

Hello, Thank you for your message. I’m happy you got in touch. If you are going to teach the sheep to children, you have my permission to do that. It would be great if you could take some pictures and let me know if the kids liked it. Thank you and let me know if you have any other questions.”

Pár dobrých tipů na závěr

A few good tips to conclude

  • Quote the author or source if you use somebody else’s idea, even if you alter it.
  • If you are sure you came up with the idea but somebody else claims it, discuss it but don’t step back.
  • If you notice somebody copied your idea without even mentioning you and you feel the need to address the problem, do so. Don’t judge, first discuss the matter with the person (preferably privately).
  • If you aren’t sure whether you can share, use the technique in your workshop or sell the products made after the tutorial, simply get in touch with the author and try to reach an agreement.
  • Remeber that you can find yourself on both sides of such a situation and treat the others the same way you would like to be treated.

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