I have been burning the midnight oil bear making this summer. It is a treat to have the time to focus on the bears...another week and it's back to work, so I've been making the most of the time I have now.
Hamish is made from Schulte alpaca and has cashmere sculpted paws. He has six joints, including a double neck joint and a hand-moulded epoxy clay nose. He is wearing a tartan organza bow.
Above is Jonty. He is made from a very dense Schulte alpaca. He has sculpted leather paw pads, six joints and a hand-moulded nose. He is wearing a gold and ivory bow.
This is Chance. She is made from blush Schulte alpaca. Never has a bear given me as much trouble as her. She should really be called Last Chance. Her head was originally on my reject pile. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong as I made her. I persevered and have grown strangely attached to her. She may end up a keeper.
Lastly, is a photo of an unfinished bear. He is made from some gorgeous, silky, wild ivory Schulte mohair. I wanted to try my realistic pattern in mohair. I always use alpaca, normally. I have had to adjust the pattern. The arms have been altered to a classic teddy style as I didn't feel my normal paw style would suit this mohair. I am going to have to look at him for a couple of days to work out how to finish him...so in the meantime he will sit in the rocking chair!