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Daphne Back Road Bears
Laconia, NH USA
Posts: 6,568

If there were bear making workshops in your town and you could choose from any technique or topic imaginable... what would you sign up for?

These are just examples to get you thinking.... you might have a different idea than what's listed... tell me!
Embroidered noses
Sculpted toes
Attaching ears
Using armature
Designing heads

What technique would you like to learn or relearn or see a different way of doing?

No, I'm not going to start doing online classes or even teach myself right now... just curious what areas of interest there are.

bumblebearies Bumblebearies
Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 436

I would probably like to give designing heads a go.....

Chico, California
Posts: 9,939

Shelli Retired Help Advisor, Banner Sponsor

I'd sign up for these classes:

1.)  Open mouths
2.)  How to get your bear to reliably and always stand up and balance
3.)  Distressing your bear convincingly
4.)  Cool dyeing methods, including recommendations on brands and formulas

bearlykidzbears Bearly Kidz Bears
Lodi, Ca.
Posts: 166

1. Noses
2. Sculpted toes
3. airbrushing, shadeing
4. useing dyes
5. eyes how to put cording on them and more.

Thats what I would like.

FenBeary Folk FenBeary Folk
Pointon Fen, Lincolnshire, UK
Posts: 2,234

I would have to go with
1 Embroidered noses -to scared to try my first one, I know I have to
2 Making your bear stand -that is so hard
3 Sculpted toes -can't seem to get that one -wrinkles or what
4 How to market your bears the best possible way -I find this area frustrating

I think that at this stage I would be tempted on just about any class  :dance:

Ps and of course the best way to get home first to hide mohair purchases and where to hide them :crackup:

Kilde Posts: 186
FenBeary Folk wrote:

Ps and of course the best way to get home first to hide mohair purchases and where to hide them :crackup:

:crackup:  :crackup:  :crackup: Love that one - and I know the situation sooooo well!!  :dance:  :crackup:

MerBear MerBear Originals
Brockville, Ontario
Posts: 1,540

1. designing heads
2. eye lids
3. open mouths

OK Daphne - when do the courses start?

FenBeary Folk FenBeary Folk
Pointon Fen, Lincolnshire, UK
Posts: 2,234

the lies, the lies, my nose is very long (or it should be)
I now have enough fur to make about 15 bears and I have only just started, little does he know ha ha :crackup:

Daphne Back Road Bears
Laconia, NH USA
Posts: 6,568

Great course topics!!!!!!
Keep 'em coming!

:dance:  :dance:  :dance:

All Bear All Bear by Paula
Posts: 5,162

How about a course to design the perfect double neck joint?  I've never been quite satisfied with mine!

TeddyTyke Posts: 65

1. Making that leap from using other people's patterns to designing your own complete bear!

2. Expression in faces.

3. Inspiration and ideas for new original bears - where to find it, the ideas behind your newest creations, etc.

Marlys Waggle Bears
So Cal Desert
Posts: 4,089

I'm planning on taking EBearz U classes in needlefelting and airbrushing so, of course, I'm interested in those.


Open mouths

Great eyelids with cording, both upper and lower lids, like Shelli's...but I need more visuals to really get it

Sculpting the face/eyes

Four-piece bodies...I know Paula has explained that before, but when drawing your own, is there a mathematical formula to get the roundness and have the pieces fit together perfectly.


Creating heads for various looks...I would love to be able to create the sweet little heads that Jenny does, but that's probably a trade secret...also how to create different nose shapes.

Actually, I believe I can always learn more or different methods for things, even if I know the technical know-how-to-do-it.

Oh, yeah...I wish you could teach imagination like Lisa's!

And I'll probably think of more as more people add their wish list.

Tynnateddy sault ste marie
Posts: 78

definitely i would have to say my top 3 would be
1. open mouth
2. double neck joint
3. facial sculpting

DebbieD Posts: 3,540

I'm the same as some of the above:
1. facial sculpting
2.  eye treatments
3.  open mouths

Its the bear's facial expressions that really grab the heart and soul of the customer.  Although a cheery outfit and adorably sculpted puffy toes don't hurt either!  Better add to my list

4. airbrushing/adding depth to the bear with colour
5. sculpted toes
6. finding magic wand to have the time and ability to do all of the above  bear_tongue

Donna A Brandon Bears
Fort Worth Texas
Posts: 98

1. needle sculpting faces
2. scissor sculpting faces
3. leap from using other artist patterns to designing my own
4. Open mouths

MAGIC Wand? There's a magic Wand...? how come you didn't tell me about this ?
I've GOT to have one.  Going to look for one. 
Donna A.

FenBeary Folk FenBeary Folk
Pointon Fen, Lincolnshire, UK
Posts: 2,234

I so want a magic wand, would remortgage my house for one, sell all my possessions including hubby (only joking) :crackup:  :crackup:

Marlys Waggle Bears
So Cal Desert
Posts: 4,089

Oh, yes, I forgot scissor sculpting! Thanks, Donna.

Gantaeno Je Suis Lugly!
Posts: 1,065

Oooh, definitely designing patterns, draping patterns and positioning arms and legs bear_original

psichick78 Flying Fur Studios
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,073

I know the perfect one...........Pattern draping.

Tammy Beckoning Bears
Nova Scotia
Posts: 3,739

I love all of the suggestions so far.  I would love to take any "live" class as I've never had the chance and I learn so much easier seeing something done. 

Here are a couple of things I'd like to see:
1) Designing realistic bears ( pattern draping would be awesome)
2) Working with clays and epoxy to create claws, teeth, wings etc.  (I'm never totally happy with my results.)
3) Extensive Needle sculpting.

Great topic Daphne.

djbbears Queensland
Posts: 356

ahh let me think all of the above and a visual person.have gone to the help pages and they are helping me , but more visual is good..any thing to do with bears..........still on my learners I think  :redface:


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