The more bears I craft the more I'm beginning to find my own technique and my own "way" into this wonderful craft!
Here's something I realized last night and I'm wondering if the more experienced bear artisans know of serious problems which could be encountered by this approach.
I'm thinking of finishing the critters completely and then working on the face/eyes/nose/ears. I was trying to set eyes and ears and embroider noses when at the "just a head" stage....but was finding it really disconcerting and discouraging. Inevitably, once the head was fastened to the body I found myself still tweaking the face. So, last night I put the entire bear together and I just fell in love with his blankness and began working on his face and ears with a much more upbeat feeling.
Is this a "legitimate" approach to bear-making? Or am I going to find myself with a worktable filled with faceless mohair creatures????
I work both ways. When I felt the face I do the whole face last after everything else. When I am embroidering the nose I do the whole face first. I have found that if it is not attached to the body I can move the stuffing around if I need to in the nose area as I am working.
But either way is right.
I actually think that there is no right or wrong way to do anything. This is your creation, and whatever means it takes to get to the end. If the end is good and you are happy who is to say you did it wrong.
Have fun experimenting and finding your way,
Thanks! It's not that I think there is a "right or wrong" way but I would want to know if something terrible is going to occur if I do it in this fashion. ;)
I ahve always worked this way. It's something about bringing them to life adn my own impatience
This is it EXACTLY!!!!!
I usually stuff the head and attach it to the body but do not stuff the body at that point. That is, I joint the body parts (using the set screw or Arizona jointing method) and attach the unstuffed body to the stuffed head. Having the unstuffed body attached to the stuffed head sort of gives one something to hang onto when finishing the face and ear placement. There are many patterns of assembling and stuffing bears, and no one way is more correct than another way.
I do it just like you do.
I tried doing the head, off body. But it just didn't feel right, mentally. As you said, it was disconcerting.
My bears have to speak to me, and the sooner the better. Putting them all together does this for me. Mouth or no mouth this is when they start speaking to me.
I am brandy new at this... my first bear to be exact! I did get to AC Moore and bought some animal eyes small, large and medium. I have the body,head and muzzle in place. I put the eyes on the face and asked dd6 what she liked. Naturally she liked the very large eyes and said it made a softer tough to the bear that "isn't here yet". I said ok but what about the rest? I will quote my dd6.... "mama why don't you wait till she is finished and then see what she says she wants?"
So that is what I am going to do!