I love heavy polyester fibre. It's available in the UK from here: https://www.noblecraft.co.uk/html/polyester_fibre.html . I like the way it packs (lump free!) and it slides easily which I find useful for little ones. I use it for all my bears up to the 7" size, but the larger bears tend to get too heavy if I use it for them. I once stuffed the rather large head of one of my bigger bears with it and was left wondering how on earth the body would hold the head up!!!
I usually find small packs of it on ebay, to save buying it in bulk from the above link. A little goes a long way in the world of minis
I use polyester too - a mid quality - or so the man said when I ordered it -
but for little tiny bears - 2" or less I use kapok and use fine nose pointy tweezers to stuff with - then a teeny little pillow of either steel shot or glass beads but I have to say that really tiny ones also take ages to fill that way. :rolleyes:
I would love to know how people get minis really heavy - like some I have held at fairs - I can just fit in enough weighting so that little ones balance right but they never seem to have that 'substantial' feel of others I have encountered - if anyone knows the answer I would be ever so grateful
I love mountain mist for the gollies 3" and above....
for the teds 2"-3" I am in love with kapok.....even if it does get all over the place, and the cats furballs look vaguely tan and they are black, and it has this annoying way of floating through the air with the greatest of ease and landing in your tea, or dinner, the fish bowl....the spa?
It firms up beautifuly and I don't have to work so hard with it....it really knows how to pack down with less work.....
I have to admit, as usual, you gals are teaching me....DUH :rolleyes:
I have glass beads in old waterbottles all over the house-do I think to use them on the minis? I will try that with the one I plan on finishing tomarrow..
I've never heard of heavy polyfil. Sounds good. I use regular polyfil and fine glass beads, but my bears are only around the 5 inch mark.
I always worry that steel shot will rust..Does it rust through the fabric 'pillows'??
By the way, so cool that there is a mini section now!! I haven't been on here for a week and love this new addition, and the new smilys! How cool are they!! :thumbsup:
Bear hugs :rose:
I use a combination of steelhot and kapok. To prevent the last from getting all over the place, you can slightly dampen it with water (with a sprya, like the one you use to create a mist over plants like orchids?) .
Not enough to soak it, but just to cling the fibres together.
Also it is sensible to use a mask to prevent the fibres from getting into your nose or lungs, but this can be quite nasty when it is hot I'm afraid.
Hi Buttonbears, I see you only have 5 posts which means you are new here!!! Hellllo, welcome, we are so happy to have you....
I love your idea of spraying the kapok just a little so it doesn't fly all over the place....Although I have gotton used to it.....but it is uncomfortable in the heat....And I always have spray bottle of water handy to zap the KrazyKwatzu Kat when he starts getting evil twisted thoughts....Thanks
I use cotton ,kapok and sterilised bird cage sand.The sand is tricky but feels nice in the feet hands and tummy and make it heavier but not as heavy as shot.The only place I can't send it is Australia.I did once and they gamma radiated the poor bear.Luckily he survived though perhaps he won't have any cubs now!!!!I got a nasty letter from Australian customs as I had also packed the bear with some pot porris!I like my bears to smell nice when they arrive.
I apoloogise again for my spelling I have fixed cubs who knows what cuhbs are???