OK, since Paula 'outed' me, here are a couple of pictures of my open mouth bears!
Arden is 7 inches high and has a lower jaw applied separately. This side view shows the nice, smiling curve that is someties (!) achievable.
Rawlins has an inset mouth gusset, similar to the way Paula describes her method. The two bears on my avatar have been done this way too and all are approximately 14 inces. Oh, and all my open mouth bears have teeth made from white Tulip Paint - like Judi says, you can coax it with a cocktail stick once you have applied it. And, if you don't like the stark colour of it, you can paint over it with acrylic paint to create a more natural look.
I forgot to add that, if you are working out your own pattern for a mouth insert, I have found that it helps to make the widest point (where upper and lower jaws meet at the corners of the mouth) a little wider that the nose of your head gusset. If you look at the pictures members have posted here, you will see what I mean... I was too dense to work this out for ages - duh!!
I was so surprised on seeing this topic started back in 2005. Another great topic! There is always something new to learn and how we do things differently to achieve the same thing. I know I have tried a couple of different techniques on doing an open mouth. Still working on the open / close design myself.
O'h I'm so excited that you have all posted info on an open mouth bear. My last two attempts have been frustrating. I finally get it!!! and I've taken notes. I have been looking all over teddy bear forums to find the info...duh!!
I've tackled my first project this year, needle felting and got my daughter addicted to it and came home to find out she had made an naime needle felted bear today. (I'll have to post it this weekend on needle felting) And the second was an open mouthed bear.
Thank you ladies for all your pictures and suggestions.
Shari, I insert sequin pins into each tooth beofre baking the clay
(From Judi 2 - 3 yrs ago?) Is that with the head of the pin embedded in the tooth or sticking out to help hold inside the jaw?
That's what i did (once) after giving the tip a little bend w/the jewelry rounded pliers so both ends would stay in place