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NancyW

Thanks Becky bear_original  I will give the  bolt and lock nuts on the next one.

NancyW

Oh, I love her too!  So cute.

NancyW

These are my 3rd & 4th bears.  Still in the experimenting stage but I think I am ready to get serious bear_original  I am still having problems with joints though.  They are strong but very floppy, which I guess id okay in some instances but this black bear was suposed to be able to stand on all fours, he can not.  Othwise I am feeling pretty good about them.  I keep learning from trial and error.  They are both from synthetic fur and leather pads and or toes and under tail on the black.. Also I formed the nose on the black with fimo then covered it in leather.  I did the coloring on the black bears head with watered down acrylic.  Joints are the plastic snap on ones, not sure of the correct name, but they are two pieces and have a snap on washer.  Maybe I am just not getting them tight enough?  They have glass eyes.

I think I would like to start putting tags on them.  Is anyone aware of anyone else with the name " Beary Goodtimes" ?

thanks for looking,
Nancy

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NancyW

Wow!  He is grrrreat bear_original  How do you do those eyes?  They are so real.

NancyW

Finally my second bear is done.  He is better than the first for sure but still in need of much improvement.  He's 10 " out of short synthetic pile.  Gray with black roots so when I trimmed his face the darker color came through.
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NancyW

Thank you everyone for the tips.  I got some mohair but I must have been thinking centimegers I stead of milli.eters on the length, it is very short and sparse.  Another lesson learned.  I also  got glass eyes and lids and joints to try those.I'm working on another bear from a Biard type pattern.  Picture soon.   bear_original

NancyW

I apologize beforehand for mistakes in my writing, I am doing this on my phone since the picture is on here too.
I will eventually figure out how to get them to my computer.

So here is my first guy that I pretty much jumped into not really knowing what I was doing.  He has no neck , his arms are not in the places.  I made his nose and it doesn't fit right.  Eyelids are wierd.  But I chose to keep him however he came out.   I know what needs to be fixed for next time.  He is faux fur and about 12" sitting.  I used cotta pin and disk joints.  I think I did that properly but he is very loose.  Is that the norm for that type joints?  Guess I'll call him Chili.  His bow has chilis on it.
I welcome any input, good or bad - I want to learn to make nice bears and pals.
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NancyW

Thanks Becky bear_original  I look forward to getting to know everyone.

NancyW

NancyW

Hi Pink bear_original  Thanks for the welcome and the great website link.  I just checked it out and that is exactly what I needed.  Thanks so much!

NancyW

NancyW

Hi everyone  :)
I joined yesterday and also started my first bear yesterday.

Actually I made teddy bears and cabbage patch type dolls in the early and mid 80's. ( I know of one that still lives) I can't remember the pattern but it had to be something like Simplicity or McCalls or ?  It was a jointed bear using as I recall plastic disks cut from margarine lids and a heavy thread or string.  I can not for the life of me remember how they were put in the bear and attached.  I have read through the "Library" on "Joints" but although I read a lot about which types are used I did not see any instructions on how to insert them, etc.  Soooo . . . is there anywhere I can learn all about joints?   please, please, please   

I am happy to have found this informative place and to see such incredible work is just amazing.  I hope to get half as creative as you people are.

Oh, what is a really great, covers it all (or almost) book I can buy?

Thank you in advance,
NancyW

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