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Artist’s Toolkit: Joints PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helen Gleeson   
Friday, 10 August 2012 10:48
Create your own sample  set by stringing disc joints on a cord or ribbon and noting down the  size on each one.
Here’s a great  joint-disc storage idea: Use clear-topped magnetic spice tins that can  be stored on a wall or inside a cupboard door.
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Always 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)


T-pins and cotter pins also come in a variety of sizes and weights. Tape pin samples onto a small piece of card and write a description next to each one — “small T-pin” and/or the company name and item code for re-order.


Next time you’re looking at a bear and thinking about the joint-disc size, just use your sample set to pick an appropriate size. It can get a little confusing when you need to place a large order for joints and you’re looking at all the stock numbers. Use your sample set when ordering to ensure no mistakes are made. It’s also good idea to keep a small selection of joint discs on hand in the size range suitable for the bears you like to make.


Australian bear artist Helen Gleeson runs Bare Cub Designs, where she offers her own creations as well as patterns and bear-making tutorials. She also runs the website Easy Artspace, which aims to help artists start their own businesses. E-mail your questions and topic suggestions for this blog to her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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