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Artist’s Toolkit: Joints PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Gleeson   
Friday, 10 August 2012 10:48

AnArtistsInsightHeaderAlways wondering which joints and discs to order? Sample sets are available from most bear making suppliers — of course you can also create a sample set yourself. Just collect one of each joint disc and place them on a string or pretty ribbon. Write the size directly on each one with a thin permanent marker. Include sizes in both inches and millimeters so you are clear on each size, i.e. 3/8" disc (9.5mm)


We Love Them, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: the ZhuZhu Pets put their pawprints on the Beatles! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Monday, 06 August 2012 09:38

Little did I know that Christmas of 2009 would bring together two seemingly very different diversions that would end up inextricably and delightfully wound together during the summer of 2012.

Artist Toolkit: Brushes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Gleeson   
Friday, 03 August 2012 12:11

AnArtistsInsightHeaderBrushes are an important tool in a bear maker’s toolkit. Not only for the final brush, which of course makes your bear’s fur beautiful — ready for photos if you intend to post it online, etc., but for the little things along the way. When turning your bear right-side out, be sure to clean the seams.


Artist Toolkit: Don’t stuff your bear! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joyce Greenholdt   
Friday, 27 July 2012 11:57

AnArtistsInsightHeaderI like to think of stuffing as a noun, not an verb. Never stuff your bear! Filling and sculpting are the terms we should use for this action. Here are some tips for sculpting your next bear:

Folksy and Formidable: Folkmanis has a way of making puppets come alive! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 09:51

So, let me tell you what it feels like to look fear in the face: it’s exhilarating and liberating, and also a tad terrifying and titillating.

Nope, I didn’t go sky-diving or bungee-jumping or rock-climbing. I’m not brave enough yet to attempt those personal demons and fears. Rather, I went to the zoo—a simple enough excursion—and walked past an unsupervised pit of alligators. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, there was a pit filled with a wading pool’s worth of water that had two live gators floating in it. The only barrier separating me from the breathing “crocs” was a slope of sand and a roped-off fence. No barbed wire, no electrical feeds, no glass, and no protection. Trust me, it was scary.

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