I just discovered a cheap way to get cotter pins and mini washers! I had to share!!! I get my cotter pins at Home Depot (I forget what size they are) and I get my mini washers (#2 size) at a shop where they sell remote control cars, apparently they use the mini washers for the engines of the little race cars! It is a hobby shop. I just thought I would share this little tidbit
Oh..I have a neat tip I got from somewhere for very tiny bears...use earring posts you can get them at Michaels in the jewlery isle .
You would use the disc with the post inside the arm.... then insert it thru to the inside of the body .
Then slide on the earring back piece..you could curl the end of the post into a U shape to keep it from sliding of the post. ....Winney
Well I know this post is older, but I was reading through some of the suggestions about mini cotter pins and washers. For real itty bitty bears I use sequins and wire. Cut a piece of wire, put a bead through it and fold wire in half. thread this through the sequin (I use about three stacked) like a normal jointing process. on the other side, use more sequins and curl like you would normally.
Just my two cents...
WOW! That is a good one!! I just posted a picture of a wee one i made using the system created by Jody Falk ( a small bottom) . Have you see it? If you are making a really wee one and you do not find a small enough bottom to use, it could be done your way! Here is a picture of a Mom and her baby I made a couple of weeks ago . The baby is a wee one, like you can see and I jointed her using tread but, what you are saying is much better! I wish a knew two weeks ago! Thanks! Lets keep on talking a about the wee ones in here. I love them!
Have a wonderful day!
Bear hugs and Golly smiles.
Gladys: What cutie pies they are!!! Oh, I just love mini's...Yes, the wire and sequins are cheap and wonderful. I use this method to joint the head to the body. I use string joints for the arms and legs though. But I suppose the sequins would do for arms and legs too....
And...sequins come in all sizes so you can use them for any size mini too.
I heard that some people use a hole punch with plastic lids from butter tubs. They take the rounds and poke a hole
in the center with an awl. Use the wire and bead as usual with the you plastic discs...I have not tried it but read it in one of the teddy bear books.
Since Kimmy kindly posted a year ago-oh my!, I have priced the ones at the hardware stores and Intercals and , at least for where I live, Intercal is really a much better deal.....
so I get all my minis and cotter pins right here-one stop shopping!
I purchased some mini cotton pins and discs last year and haven't the slightest idea how to use them in my mini's.
Up until now I have used brass fasteners as they work great!!
Can anyone help or send a diagram, as I have forgotten how to do it.
Any help would be much appreciated.