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#21
So much word to this. Sadly, people usually stick the ones with beautiful expressions on shelves or in glass cases, which is just sad. Poor teddies. I like the bears that you have to figure out how they're feeling by getting to know them.

Yes, a lot of people needle felt teddies, but it's very visual. Not everybody does it. Most people sculpt, but I don't even know how to do that. I just put the bear together and there he is. I want to learn how to sculpt, though.
Lord, help me to be the person my bears and dolls think I am.
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#22
I love that last expression

from a country and western song, " Lord Help me to be the person
by dog thinks I am", hubby came home and having heard the song
on the car radio, promptly orderd the CD.
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#23
I use 36 ultra, 38 and 42 reg but will use other sizes tooSmile
Have bought a lot from tinkerbells in the uk.
And now cos i moved to oz have bought from still moments nurseriesSmile
I like to add a few colours too when rootingSmile
But just shop arround for needlesSmile

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#24
I didn't know that quote came from a song. I'm a huge country music fan, especially the older traditional country, but I've never heard it as a song. I've seen that quote before, so I tweaked it a bit and used it as my siggy.
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#25
I love country music too ~ something easy-going and "normal" about it lol. I love the quote in your sig Arctobear it makes me smile Smile

And Arctobear I think you can do anything you put your mind to, so if you want to sculpt I'm absolutely certain you will. Having said that, your bears are gorgeous the way they are too so don't feel you have to change anything just because of other's bears. Wish you did live next door lol, it would be easier to explain how to sculpt that way Smile
Also if you use safety eyes Arctobear, then I think you'll find they pull the face in similarly to sculpting anyway. You can't needle-sculpt as well as use safety eyes but I think since you're customers are often children then safety eyes are probably more important than sculpting Smile
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#26
Well it's just that I haven't figured out how to do glass eyeballs yet. It seems really complicated when people try to explain it.
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#27
I use 42g felting needles
From here - the more you buy the cheaper they are
http://www.stillmomentsnursery.com/store...?cPath=178

Also 46g felting needles
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http://www.cityofrebornangels.com.au/onl...er-packet/

Mohair I buy from Gia Health
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#28
(10-13-2011, 01:01 PM)arctobear86 Wrote: Well it's just that I haven't figured out how to do glass eyeballs yet. It seems really complicated when people try to explain it.

Glass eyes for bears typically have a wire loop in the back. If you imagine a glass ball cut in half, then that is what the eyes look like ~ one of the halves, only they have a wire loop set into them on the flat side of the half. To set them into the head you use an awl, not sure if you've been using them already, and you make a hole in the bear's head (which is turned in the right way and stuffed by this stage) on the outside. You then thread strong upholstery thread or sinew etc onto a long dolls needle, and you can then insert the eye by two methods:
1) you can make a knot with the threaded sinew onto the wire loop of the eye and take it straight through the hole you made in the head with the awl. If you do this you take the dolls needle to the back of the head, down low near the neck and pull tight, bring it out at the base of the neck and tie it off.
2) OR you can do it this way (I do it this way but it's probably easier for you to do it the 1st way I mentioned as it's hard to explain in words). Once the thread is on the doll's needle you can take it up through the base of the head (if it is a jointed bear, not sure how you'd do it with a flattie though) and tie it off on the outside of the head on the neck. You then take the thread from the place you've tied at the base of the neck, all the way up and out the hole you made with the awl. You then thread the doll needle & strong thread through the wire loop of the glass eye, and go back into the head with the needle. It should set the eye into the hole you made with the awl. You take your dolls needle out the back of the head down on the neck where you started, and tie it off. Same for the other eye.

That probably sounds awfully confusing and it is probably also in the wrong thread, so if it needs moving I don't mind moving it.

Arctobear some artists also use glass dolls eyes like the reborn artists use in their bears, so I'm not sure if maybe you were talking about these??? If so, I'm not the person to ask about glass dolls eyes in bears because I haven't used them before. Maybe ask Jo from Jo Bears?

Very sorry for describing eye setting methods in a post about needles for rooting hair, as I said if it needs moving I'm happy to. If anyone wants me to add photos I can also do that however I was trying to explain it the best I could without photos.

Gee, look at the great big long post! I wonder who could have written such a post???????? ROFL Big GrinBig GrinBig GrinBig GrinBig Grin
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#29
I always use 42 g Crown needles as I find they root the best for me and I use a variety of mohair but probably slumberland is my favourite.

http://www.tinkerbellcreations.co.uk/42-...1399-p.asp

http://www.tinkerbellcreations.co.uk/nee...-137-c.asp

http://www.preciouslittlebabydust.com/slumberland.html
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#30
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Hi,

I almost missed this topic LOL and it is so interesting to hear about all the different felting needle sizes that people like best.

For the bears, I use a 32g triangle to start if I am using a coarse wool (corriedale or carpet wool breed) and then move to a 36g triangle for the main felting.

If I am using Merino or another fine wool I use the 36g triangle. I also recently tried some 36g star needles and loved them !!

I tidy and final felt with a 40g triangle, just to get the super smooth finish. All the needles I use have 6 or 8 "barbs" and I find it totally mind boggling that the fine little needles, that you all use for rooting mohair have only 1 !!

I've been mostly offline for the last week - felting the face and paws for a bear that is going off to the Woodend Bear Show. I am nearly done and it is lovely to be back catching up with all the posts since my last visit Smile
Andama, thanks so much for the lovely comments in your earlier post - feeling very proud now Big Grin

Stephanie.
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