Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Recovery is Slower than I had Hoped

Unfortunately I've had to cancel my table at Hugglets on the 23rd Feb.  Recurrent headaches have seriously reduced my bearmaking activities.  I have been told recovery may take several months.  On the bright side, I hope I'll be recovered in time for the September show.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

First Page Layouts

While I have been waiting for my clay head sculpts to dry, I have put together the first two pages of my Teddy Journal.  I wish I had thought of this before!  It allows me to make notes about each of the bears and it will be a reminder of the bears I have made. It also gives me an excuse to play with paper and glue!

Fun, fun, fun!

Friday, 31 January 2014

A Knock on the Head!

Unfortunately, I had an accident in the garden two weeks ago that left me with a head injury and concussion.  I am gradually improving, but have been told it may be several weeks before I get back to full health.  In the meantime, Mike suggested I try occupying myself with something crafty, but undemanding.  I have wanted to create an album or journal of my bearmaking for ages, but I never got around to it.

I picked up a sketchbook and have decorated the cover over the past few days.  I created some embellishments in polymer clay.  I used papers, lace, sequins, ribbon and buttons from my stash and used a Lucy Atwell stamp that I hand coloured and aged. All good fun!

Now I can start adding some photos of my creations!

Before I took the hit on my head, I had just finished little Minty.  He has been sitting patiently waiting to have his photo taken.

He is a happy little chap...about 9 inches tall...I think.  He stands nicely unaided.

His head and paws are hand sculpted and painted by myself.  He has glass eyes.

I have started sculpting again in the last couple of days, but I can't do much before my head starts to ache, so it is slow progress!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A Girly Bear

OK, so most of my bears are boy bears.  Time for a girly bear!  I have been enjoying myself playing around with paper clay, and thought it might be fun to make a closed eyes bear.  Camille is the result.  I often feel I have little control over how a bear turns out.  They seem to have a will of their own.  I thought it might be different, working in clay...but no, the bear decides its own look!

She has a blond mohair body, an armature and 4 nut and bolt joints.  Her head and paws have been hand sculpted by myself, gessoed, painted and sealed. Her outfit is made from silver panne velvet, ribbons, lace and an oystershell button.  She stands beautifully on her own and is one of a kind. She will be coming to Hugglets with me next month.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

First Bear of 2014

Kristian is an 8 inch bear first of 2014.  His name means 'new beginning', so very apt for the start of the year.  I hand sculpted his head and paws using paper clay. They were then gessoed, painted and sealed.  He has glass eyes.  His body is made from a butterscotch coloured, short dense mohair.  He has a sachet od stainless steel balls in his tummy.  He cannot stand unaided.

Belated Happy New Year to all!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

A Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I sculpted this seasonal fellow from paper clay.  Due to lack of snow, he is covered with glittery artificial snow.  Ho ho, ho!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Christmas is coming...

I'd like to thank the lovely collectors who adopted bears at the Christmas Treasures online show!  It is always lovely to know they have gone to loving homes.

I haven't posted in a while.  Unfortunately, my health has not been good this year and this has impacted on my bear making.  In fact, I have had to withdraw from the Great Brighton Teddy Bear Event this weekend.  Apologies to collectors who were hoping to see me there.

I have been finding it more and more difficult to work on large realistic bears, especially their armatures, and so in future I will only be creating smaller teddies without armatures.  It is difficult to explain the amount of strength needed to create large bears.  I do have three large, realistic bears  that I will offer for adoption over the next few months, but they are likely to be the last.  For the forseeable future, I will be developing my smaller whimsical designs.  This is a very difficult decision for me as I adore realistic style bears, but I need to put my health first.
I hope to launch my new Whimsical Teddies  designs at Hugglets in February.

Wishing everyone a lovely Christmas