I've been reading a lot of material regarding jointing. I read one book where they said try to use the same size joints for everything. I had some verbal advice to use as large a joint as you can for durability. It makes sense to use different sizes since the head is much larger than my arms on my pattern. I suppose I could have made my limbs the same size but I drew the pattern a certain way and to make all the joints the same size would compromise the design. I already ordered my joints but thought this would be a good question for bear #2. Seems silly to change my design just to save a buck on a joint.
I've never made a bear that used the same size joints all over. The leg joints on mine are always bigger than the arms and head/neck joints. Sometimes I have three different sizes in one bear. So, I would think you can use the sizes that work for your pattern. Be wild and crazy!!!
Yep I'm the same I use a arger jint for my legs and head and smaller jionts for my arms. i did hear other ways of deciding what jiont to use. If you want a girl bear then use a smaller sized jiont so that you get more shapely leg or arm. If a boy a larger jiont so its more slim lined. I havnt tried this I just try to use a jiont that fits the shoulder/hip as close as possible.
Definitely good advice!
After a few wrong-size disasters, I keep a stash of joints in all different sizes.
Even so, I sometimes need to shave a bit off the outer rim to get the right fit.
I'm working now on a design for a bear standing on all fours . . . it's been through many revisions, as I experiment with balancing the bulk between body and shoulders/hips. I wanted him to look shouldery but not hippy--smaller discs in the forelegs and larger discs in the hind legs did the trick.