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Donna

Congratulations, Gail!  There are not many stores left that sell artist bears.

Donna

Years ago I bought the ottlight light bulb and just used it in a desk lamp that I had.  Would that work for you?

Donna

Would you be willing to donate the bears to Good Bears of the World so they could use them for good?

Donna

Edinburgh Imports in the US sells two sizes of locline with the Y connector.  They will ship anywhere.  http://www.edinburghimports.com/index.p … ts_id=7760

Donna

I use a leather thimble that comes up past my knuckle for pulling thread or sinew.  I know artists who will cut the fingers off of gloves or just wear a leather glove to do that pulling part.  My leather thimble that I like has a metal spot so that my needle does not go through the leather so I pretty much wear it the entire time I am working on a bear with a needle in my hand.  Do be careful, I have seen people cut their fingers open pulling thread etc. while working on bears.
Donna

Donna

I like the German way of setting eyes.  You determine where you want your eye and go in at that spot with your needle which has the sinew in it with the eye attached to the sinew.  Use your needle to wiggle the threads apart so that you have a slight hole in the backing of the mohair.  You can also use and awl to make this hole larger.  I like to put both eyes in at the same time so that you know you have them both in the same location.  When you are happy that the eyes are positioned correctly then you take your long needle to the base of the back of the head or to the back of the ear or cross them to the back of the head or under the chin  and come out.  Where you go will determine the direction the eyes are looking when you are finished setting them.  Take a small stitch about 1/8 inch or slightly more and go back to that hole you spread in the backing where the eye is sitting.  I usually pull the eyes back out so they are hanging from the sinew so they aren't in the way when I try to find the hole that I went in.  You are coming out the same hole you went in.  I usually will hold the thread at the base of the neck from getting tight against the fabric until I have done both eyes.   When I have the sinew back out the face of the bear then I put both the eyes back into the hole and pull the thread at the base of the neck or where ever I took it out and pull them tight to sink them in and see if I like the direction they are looking.  If I'm not happy, I pull the sinew out and start over.  If I am happy then I pull the sinew that is hanging out the eye socket on the front of the face tight.  With the bear facing you, you can see if you have the eyes sunk the same depth.  When you are happy then take your needle off the sinew if it is still there and use the two ends of the sinew to tie off behind the eye while you are also holding the eye tight.  I tie above the eye, bring a sinew piece down to the bottom of the eye with the sinew going on each side of the eye and tie another couple knots.  Then I tie a knot on one side of each eye and then bring the sinew to the other side of the eye and tie another knot or two.  Then I sink my last knot behind the eyes and I am done.  I hope that makes sense.
Donna

Donna

In the library, this topic has been discussed.  It is not a tutorial but just an explanation of how to paint the eyes.
http://www.teddy-talk.com/viewtopic.php?id=351
Donna

Donna

I have even gone down to size #12.  Some artist will run the thread through wax first.  That helps it lay down and kind of stick to the next thread.  Then take your thumb or fingernail and smooth the nose after you are finished.  Noses can be such a problem!
Good Luck,
Donna

Donna

If you are in the US, Good Bears of the World would be a good choice.  There might be a den near you that someone could arrange to pick them up.
Donna

Donna

Be sure to check out the Itsy Bitsy room.  Some good deals there.
Donna

Donna

You might contact Valerie Rogers.  She has an online auction selling peoples collections.  The bears are checked by Ken Yenke for their value and then listed at I think something like 85% of the value.  Here is the link:  [url]http://[INVALID]/[/url]

Good Luck,
Donna

Donna

Have you been able to see some in person?  The backing is pretty soft and a loose weave.  I have some other fabrics I need to find so I will be looking for those for you.  I am guessing about a 1/4" pile at the most.

Donna

If what Blackmoon Bear has does not work out for you, let me know and I can probably get some for you.  I will just need to know how long you want the pile.
Donna

Donna

I use both.  Partly because if they don't have what I am looking for in one I am not patient enough to wait for the store to get it in.  The liquid is easier to use because it does not require mixing and you need to use twice as much of the powder to get the concentration as the liquid.  Rit has a website that has lots of information and a color mixing chart.  I feel I have better consistent results with the Cushings if the backing is not an issue for me.  So when it really matters I use the Cushings and when I am just playing around and don't care what I end up with the Rit is what I grab.

Donna

Sell your patterns on Facebook!  There are several pages just for selling bear makings supplies.  I saw several of your patterns that were of interest to me.
Donna

Donna

My experience is that the Cushings Dye does NOT dye the cotton backing.   Sorry you did not get the effect you wanted.  Could you try painting the backing with the dye on the backside of the fabric without getting it so wet that it would soak through to the fiber and see if that helps even up the backing to match the pile on the front?
I am having the problem with Rit now that they only make a limited colors and you have to mix it now to get the colors you want. 
But isn't the experimenting fun!
Donna

Donna

Robert Zacker has a westie pattern that can be used to make a yorkie.  I'll see if I can find a link.
I'm sorry you lost your fur baby.
Donna

Donna

Hi Rebecca,
Welcome to Teddy Talk.  I used to live in Vallejo.  You might want to check out come visit the Northern California Doll and Teddy Bear Show.  The next one is Sept. 28, 2013.  That show usually has a fair representation of bear artists and bear making supplies.  It would be a great way to meet some of the artists in the area and to get to know some like minded people.  Check out the info about the show at www.hermanshows.com.
I don't know if the supplies will be at the Sept. 28 show since there is another show in Kansas City, MO that same day.
Enjoy the bear-opossum world!
Donna

Donna

I have just sent them an email telling them there is a problem.  It might be a good idea if you also let them know so that they will take the problem seriously.  There are some good articles and tutorials there if you can get to them.
Donna

Donna

I also use the grub screw or set screw for all my joints. 
Now for your glued disc....Are you holding the disc itself while you are tightening the nut?  That is how I did it before I discovered the grub screw.  If the glue is not holding there is nothing you can do but take it out and start over.
Good Luck,
Donna

Donna

Valerie Rogers does an online orphans sale.  There is one coming up shortly.  As I understand it, you send her some bears.  Ken Yenke (I hope I have the spelling correct) does an appraisal of each bear and then the bears are hopefully sold.  Valerie takes a commission but I don't know how much.  [url]http://[INVALID]/index.htm[/url]  April 15 is the date for the next sale. 
Donna

Donna

So sorry to hear about your purse.  That just does not fit the teddy bear behavior!  Congratulations on your win!
Donna

Donna

The Yukon pattern is designed by Jeanne Klein whose business name is Teddy Tailor.  I believe she lives in Oregon in the USA but not sure.  Edinburgh Imports sells her patterns also for $8.50.  I'm guessing you have a real person.  I have used that pattern and it makes a lovely bear.
Donna

Donna

I have three sizes for sale but they are more expensive that what the one from CRCraft is selling.
Donna

Donna

That looks like a Monica Spicer bear to me.  She has many patterns for sale if you check her website she should have one close to that one.  Just google her name and you should find what you need.

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