Hi Sue Ann
Thank you for your warm welcome & suggestions. :rose:
I've had a look in Intercal & went crazy, spent hours there. :wacko:
I was like a child in a toy store & before I knew it I had totalled up over $1000 in supplies that I wanted, so I've had to take a step back & try to work out the most important things first, then gradually get the rest.
Intercal has just become my new best friend LOL :lol:
Try looking at Etsy. I stumbled accross it on one of my many ventures accross the web. I havent sold anything there but have bought a few things. Maybe worthwhile having a look.
Its an American hand made site. You can buy/sell anything handmade as well as materials. This is from their site"
"How do fees work on Etsy?
Joining and setting up a shop on Etsy is free. Each item listing on Etsy costs $0.20 USD when the listing is published. A listing lasts for four months or until the item is sold. Once a sale occurs, we assess a 3.5% transaction fee on the item’s sale price. You have an opportunity to review and accept the fees that you will be charged prior to publishing a listing.
Fees for listings and transactions are accrued on your monthly Etsy bill. At the end of each month we add up all your fees, and we email your monthly statement to you. You must pay your bill by the 15th of the next month using either the credit card on file or PayPal.
Do I need a credit card to sign up?
To become a seller on Etsy, you need to provide a valid credit card for verification purposes. You won’t incur any charges until you open your shop and publish your listings at a rate of $0.20 per item.
What can I sell on Etsy?
Etsy provides a marketplace for crafters, artists and collectors to sell their handmade creations, vintage goods (at least 20 years old), and both handmade and non-handmade ("commercial") crafting supplies."
I started making bears a month ago to help strengthen both hand injuries and to save me from boredom, here are my first 3 bears made.
The white one was my first born. I haven't been able to come up with a suitable name yet so if you have any suggestions please let me know.
The sadness on its face makes it appear to be begging to be hugged. I was going to try to sculpt the muzzle but I decided against this as I figured the "matted look" gave it more character. I used blue "alive eyes"
to give it a bit of colour & match the foot/paw pads
The red/black one is named Oggie, he is a fun character & will do anything for a hug. I used "amethyst alive eyes + eyelids" for his eyes.
The brown/black tipped one is called Benny & is very shy, makes me want to hug him everytime I pass by. I used black safety eyes.
They were made from different patterns using faux fur, but I'm going to try mohair and alpaca in my next bears, (thanks to information received from very kind & lovely bear makers - you know who you are).
I'm open to all suggestions/criticisms but please remember I'm a beginner.
Thanks for taking the time to look.
Hi Peterbear, Becky, Jen & Chris,
Thank you for your warm welcome & handy tips & links, very much appreciated. :rose:
I uploaded a picture of my first 3 bears made, the white one was the first & is the one that begs for the majority of hugs with his sad features (havent been able to think of a fitting name yet), the middle red & black one is "Oggie" & is fun & loving & will do anything for a hug & the 3rd (brown one) is Benny who is so shy that you just want to give him a hug everytime you go near him.
Chris I can understand your previous hesitation in cutting up the mohair, compared to the fur its expensive, it's also been one of my reasons for not using it, but after reading what other makers are using, it appears to be the rolls royce of teddy bear material. I decided to try it a week ago & bought a fat 1/4 of mohair online in a lilac & pink shade, although I love the colours I didn't like the "flatness/roughness" of the pile. It looked soft & fluffy in the picture but isn't. I don't have any material shops close that sell bear making materials/accessories therefore I have to buy them online & hope they are what I'm after.
I'll have a look at the the alpaca & Schulte. Has anyone bought their material from Lou bears? I stumbled accross this website while searching for cheaper than Aus material & found their prices to be very reasonable.
Thanks Becky for the link to the stuffing tool, better than the chopstick I was using.
Thanks again, Im off to have a look at the new websites you've given me.
Take care & enjoy your day
My name is Sandi and I'm being retired from work due to both hand injuries.
As I have a lot of time on my hands now (no pun intended), I have been searching for craft type things that I can manage, to help save me from boredom, but also to try to strengthen my hands & found teddy bear making. Although at times it's very painful for me to make them I want to push through the pain & keep going if possible.
I started about a month ago using faux fur & have made 5 bears so far. I think they are adoreable but of course nothing like the amazing quality of bears I have found here (congrats to all of you by the way, you are very talented & one day I hope to be creating as good as you).
I have found a few tips/tools to use to make it easier for me (machine sewing, tweezers to pull inside out, cordless screwdriver to do up bolts/nuts, chopstick used as stuffing tool & I bought a special tool to help insert eyes/noses & limbs, but if you have any tools or tips that will help. I will greatly appreciate it.
Also I'm a bit lost in the world of mohair. I want to try making a bear using mohair but where do I begin? I use long pile faux fur because its so soft & just makes you want to touch it & pick it up to give it a huge hug. I would like the mohair to be as soft & hug inviting as the fur. Can you suggest a "density" for what I'm looking for?
Thanks for taking the time to help me.
Take care & enjoy the rest of your day (its 3-12pm in Aussie land)