Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Let's Get Real!

I've been spending a bit of time trying to design a bear that is more realistic than my usual bears.  I have been picking up and putting down this prototype brown bear for the past couple of months. He has 6 joints including a double-neck joint and wire in each leg for additional posability.  His glass eyes have come from a taxidermist.  I tried a different foot design this time, but think I prefer my usual foot pattern.  He has a hand moulded nose and claws.  I can see several aspects that I might tweak in my next attempt to improve this design.  Poor chap hasn't a name at present!

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Wee Bear from Linda Benson has arrived!

Wee Bear has just arrived with the postman this morning.  I am absolutely thrilled with him!  He was Linda's giveaway prize last month.  I don't know how she could bear to part with him...but I'm so glad she did!  He arrived in a lovely miniature round hatbox.  He is made from a beautiful rich brown alpaca and the amount of work in him is unbelievable!  Each little paw has been sculpted and they all have claws.  His back paws are about the size of the top of a pencil.  His little face has the same expression Hope had as a new born cub...just adorable.  He even has Linda's trademark leather nose and a little hump.  Sorry my photography cannot do this little fellow justice, but he will be loved forever!  He is stunning!  Thank you so much, Linda!



Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Something a bit different - a hare

I thought I might try broadening out into creating some other types of animal occasionally this year.  It is really important to me that they pass the cuddle test. They needn't be too realistic...I want teddy charm and comfort, but alongside that...enough realism for people to recognise what kind of creature I've made.

My first effort of 2011 is Herbert the hare.  He is a rather large hare - 19 inches to the top of his ears and he is not really designed for speed.  He has the usual large tum I prefer on my bears.  He is made from  lovely, dense, soft alpaca in dove grey and ivory.  He has 6 joints, including a double-neck joint, wired ears, whiskers, black glass eyes and the pads on his large feet are grey ultrasuede.  He is stuffed with polyfill and plastic pellets.  Please click on the photos to see a larger version of the picture.  Like all my creations, he is a collector item, not suitable for children.  He is available for adoption for £130 including tracked, insured postage worldwide.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year 2011

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year and many thanks for your support in 2010.  The bear in the image is Angus.