Gabrielle, yours is a STELLAR nose, because it's perfectly centered on the seam as well as where the line comes down toward the mouth (what is that called, anyway? I know that our faces have a name for that indent between nose & mouth but don't know if we've ever given that thread portion a title!!??!)
I often take screen captures and then flip the images upside-down to check for balance: the eye can see immediately when features are 'off' - yours is in prefect balance with itself and with the eye placement, which are also eqi-distanced from the face's centerline and horizontally leveled. I might have just moved the center indent for the mouth the merest fraction over to the teddy's right by about the width of one of your threads...but don't take this as a critique!! just one person's opinion... (I'll bet you didn't know that others might be checking you out so thoroughly did you!) You know I think the world of the work you do, in this and in the other areas!!!
As a collector and an artist, I prefer embroidered. Many of my collector's prefer embroidered, too - or embroidered with layered wax. I do believe it depends on the bear. A well sculpted nose can be stunning on the right face. Joanne Livingston's needle felted noses are superb, too! Jessie, you can buy felt nose templates from on line bear supply stores - they come in various sizes and shapes. You peel and stick it where you want it on the face and then embroider over it, so you can use that as a guide. I make my own wool felt templates for each bear and embroider over that but with minimal eyesight, I would recommend the ready made templates!
:crackup: Michelle you cracked me up! I used to have the same problems when varnishing clay noses. And while they were drying my mother would always see them on paper plates and tell me they looked so much like candy they made her hungry! :crackup:
When I make my bears I like to think of them being on some future episode of Antiques Roadshow in 2080 for evaluation. Crazy I know but we all have delusions of grandeur. And this is why I do the noses with the three steps the way I learned from the Perfect Nose course at EBearz University. I have added a fourth step and I seal the nose with a matte varnish that you can't see or feel. I want them to stay on! I adore the look of the clay noses and I think they add a "cuter" look to the bear but I don't want my bear to be without a nose on Antiques Roadshow. That's all I'm sayin.
I embroider with the thread that is used for needlepunch because I like the look of it compared to the shinier looking embroidery thread.
Paula, your noses are outstanding!
I have made a tutorial explaining how I do it a while ago:
Making a polymer clay nose:
http://kaleideascope.blogspot.ch/2012/1 … orial.html
http://kaleideascope.blogspot.ch/2012/1 … eedle.html
I hope it can help you!
Yes, you can use wire on small noses. I have done some minis in the past, and used the same technique. With a small nose you can simply make a loop with some thin wire, curl tight the two endings and bury them in the clay, instead of using a looped glass eye! :)
With very tiny and 'flat' noses, such as cats' noses for example, I simply glue them with a very strong glue.