You can use mustache clippers/trimmers. You can get them on-line, Walmart, Target... or beauty supply store. My suggestion is to avoid the battery generated clippers. Get a good one that plugs in to a socket. Batteries run down quickly and is frustrating to use. They also don't do a good job for for larger areas.
There is a great book on how to cut and sew teddy bears from real fur. It is called Teddy Bears with a Past by Nancy Tillberg. You can find it on Amazon
I am not sure but I could take a guess. When you sculpt the feet, muzzle. pads...., I would put a rim around it and poke holes close together on the rim. Once baked, I would sew it in like your would be sewing two seams together but in this instance it is sewing one fur piece to the the baked clay. I hope this makes sense. Now fair warning, I have never done this but if I were to experiment, this is where I would start.
Why not get some vintage creates from eBay? Maybe some vintage hat boxes too. Get different shapes and sizes to add interest to your table. You may have to spend a little money up front, but going forward you have all you need for other shows. I finances are an issue, go to the dollar store and get plastic boxes and bring some rocks from your garden to add weight to them. stack the boxes and drape a large pieces of fabric. Another idea is to go to the thrift store and buy some vintage luggage or old looking books and stack them. Your bears would sit nicly on top.
Though I don't sell bears, The above what I seen used over my years of going to antique and bear shows.
Understuff the upper body and and tack the stuffing so it does not fall into the lower body. A few small stitches, grabbing the stuffing and small stitch into the body should do it. You can do normal stuffing for the lower body, using polyfil and weights (pellets or BBs). Play with the folding over the top half of the body to the lower half to make sure you don't overstuff the top half. It really needs very little stuffing. Next is the jointing of the neck. You can make it wobbley to add to the look of a floppy bear. Here is a link to a tutorial on how to do the wobbley neck.
Thank you all for your feedback. It is very helpful. I knew there was something about preparing the mohair to take color.
Jenny: So you don't pre wash your mohair right? You put a couple drops of dish washing detergent in to water. How much water per two dropsnof detergent do you use? Is it a cup per two drops would you say? One you shade Jenny, do you heat set the color?
Michelle: thank you for passing along Jenny's tip on wiping the area you shade with the water detergent solution.
Becky: I use Copic and Prisma markers for shading. I heard somewhere Copic fades with time. I also heat set when I use the markers. I wonder is that is necessary?
I know there are a lot of bears on Ebay up for action and "buy it now". I love to see other peoples creations and really enjoy looking at Bear Pile as wel as Ebay. You may want to try selling there too. I can't answer your other questions for I don't sell my bears. Here is the link to bear pile.
what you may want to do is buy a set of Test/True Eyes. It is helpful to use them. You can stick them in the eye socket and see if it is the right size. Once you do that, you can purchase the right size for your bear. I bought my True Eyes as a set. I look at the Intercal site and found they sell them individually:
I don't sell bears but my aunt is in the antique business. Here is what I learn from her over the years:
1) Always stand behind your product
2) If a customer changes their mind and wants to return it, you offer a full refund
3) Be gracious even if you are annoyed.
4) Always disclose what you know about your product, flaws and all (may not apply to your bear)
By practicing these principle, my aunt has an excellent reputation in the business community and has many repeat customers.
Here is her fifth rule: "If it really is good and you love it, keep it for yourself".
Your dog is cute as a button. I know there is a perfect home out there for him.