Good morning! It was a really strange sunset yesterday. I went outside and most of the garden was dark, apart from two trees which were lit up in brilliant orange. Just thought I'd share...
Please excuse the quality of these next photos - they were taken in the dark this morning, with the flash. This is Huckleberry's waistcoat. It's the wrong colour for him, but the fit is near perfect. I love the way it rides up at the back slightly.
And this is Muriel! She is a tiny bear - measuring just 4.5 inches sitting on a shelf; 7.5 inches from head to toe. She was awful to make, and took a ridiculous amount of time, given how small she was. It was trying to pack those bulky joints into such a tiny frame. At one point, I had her arms jointed before her head (not the way I usually do it), but I had to remove them again, because there was no way I could have gotton the disc for the head joint into the space that was left. Not that there wasn't room for it - there just wasn't room to actually fix it in place.
Anyway, I might have another go, because she turned out quite well after all that. She has a lot of steel shot in her, so she sits very well.
Oh that's better - Huckleberry did need his waistcoat. There seemed such a huge expanse of tummy before. Not that I'm saying he is fat, wouldn't want to hurt his feelings :)
Muriel is a sweet little bear. I always make the head and put the joint in, then put the arms and legs on the body and join the two parts together through the back seam. It is more fiddly with small bears though.
It's interesting - I would usually joint the legs first, to stabilise the body, then the head, then the arms. My other problem with Muriel is that the bolts (she has nut & bolt joints) are too long, so if you press on arm joints, you can feel the two bolts grating together inside.
Huckleberry does have a massive stomach(!) but I would say that's quite realistic. I know he's pink - so not strictly realistic - but the design was modelled on real bears.
But the waistcoat fits him really well, so I'm happy.
Poor birds, having to look at the empty feeder...
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