I'm doing some experiments in pattern design still. (Thanks for your advice last time!) And I've decided to try and make some more traditional teddy bears like Steiff and Bing, ie long noses, humped back etc. After studying some pictures in books, I modelled a bear in plasticine and used that to create a pattern, a method I've used before with success. However this time the bear I'm making has turned out very different to the model and I'm confused! As you can see in the picture, the bear I've made has ended up with quite a stubby nose, and though he's cute he's not what I was aiming for! I've also uploaded pictures of the pattern pieces. Where have I gone wrong? The fabric isn't particularly stretchy (it's viscose I got at the last Hugglets fair in London).
Thank-you! I sometimes see a polar bear and sometimes a lion. I'll try that pattern again with different fabric at some point, but right now 'Lionel Bear' has a mane and tail, so his bearing days are over. Regarding securing locline, would securely stuffed paws be enough to keep that in position?
I've been experimenting with armatures, and I made a lion (was supposed to be a polar bear, but turned into a lion!) with armatured limbs and tail. I secured the top of the armature to his joints, but on one limb in particular, the paw end moves around a fair bit. How do I stop this from happening?
Bear for reference/fluff.
This is what I've been doing. I found two good tutorials here:
https://demiveemon.deviantart.com/art/B … -357817379
https://nataliavulpes.deviantart.com/ar … -179305255
Honestly I can't remember. When I did it I ended up with the fabric bunching and puckering in all sorts of odd places. I'll try again at some point! For now I'm relying on scissor sculpting and needle felting. Made another head from the same fabric as Mr Snuggles and tried to order more earlier cos I'm not completely out of it, only to be told it's been discontinued! Getting some 17mm in the same colour instead of the 22mm which I've used so far. Hoping Baby Snuggles won't look like he has too big a head!
Needle felting is a great way of doing toes in my humble opinion! One thing I have learned is that you will stab yourself. There's no getting round that! If you keep stabbing away with your needle in one place that area will be denser and lower than other areas that have been worked less. Make sure you're using the right needles - coarser ones for the initial work, and finer ones for getting that nice finish. Keep practicing! It's quite a forgiving, if painful, medium. This page has some helpful tutorials:
Thank-you for your replies! Bear is now finished! I learned an awful lot, including what you two have mentioned! He has a bit too much batting, and he needed a longer armature for his head/neck. However, even though he's not perfect I am quite pleased with him. I used alpaca fabric for his skin, which has worked beautifully. One thing I've been slightly thrown by is the fact that his test head (made of felt) appeared to be exactly the right size, but when I made the head and covered the body with the fabric, the head appears a bit to small! I think the next bear I make will have traditional joints as well as an armature. I took a lot of pictures of my progress, thanks to curious friends!
This is his test head pattern (mark 2 as it turned out):
Test head attached:
Needle felted basic feet:
Final head with pins showing areas to be trimmed:
Eyelids before attaching (these killed my thumbs!):
Back foot (I'll probably accentuate his toes with embroidery floss):
I'm tempted to make him a saddle so my other bears can ride him!
I'd love to see more work in progress shots of your dragons, they are cute! I discovered that I'm terrible at needle sculpting while practicing for this bear... The fabric bunches up where it shouldn't.
Hi all! I've been making jointed bears for a number of years, but recently I decided to have a bit of an experiment with more realistic bears and armatures. I've read as much as I can find on the subject (dear God I love this forum!) but there's one question I have that I'm not quite sure of the answer of. I have made an armature for a bear, and thoroughly wrapped it in batting, secured with cotton thread. I was wondering if I should secure it further, either with more thread/yarn, or with strips of cotton (or similar) fabric like a skin. I even wondered if fabric backed plasters would do! Would this be a good idea, or should I just leave it and leave him with one layer of skin when he gets his fur? Thank-you for any replies!