What is an Artist Bear?
Well it is a bear that has been designed and created by a
single person, a Bear Artist!
What is in a bear?
Besides love and care ...I only use quality materials such
as mohair, genuine fur, synthetic plush. I have even made
a bear from a ladies mohair sweater.
Joints are made from fibreboard disks, cotterpins and/or
locknuts. Sometimes to add weight, I will use plastic
pellets or steel shot along with polyester stuffing. For a
more poseable bear different types of armatures are
used maybe even a double neck.
I use glass eyes that may be hand painted and add eye
lids. For pawpads I may use ultrasuede, felt, suede and a
variety of materials along with claws. How about an open
mouth with teeth and a tongue!
A nose may be embroidered, waxed, made of leather and
clay. I enjoy applying different techiques such as needle
felting, scissor sculpting and needle sculpting (soft
sculpting). The paws may be appliqued, trapunto, or needle
scuplted to make those puffy little toes!
Airbrushing, paint, or pencil for shading to add depth for
personality. I could go on and on as the sky is the limit to
the creators imagination in customizing a bear to be one
of a kind!
I had a email for an Elementart school teacher that has
found the information here useful. So one of her
students found this link to the history of the
teddy bear and thought that other readers may
be interested in reading the history of
So thank you Ashleigh for the website:)
Where to find my bears
You will find available bears;
On my web site
Ebay - ID (hearncreations)