Recycled Persian Lamb Artist Bear, NCTeddyBearLady

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Recycled Persian Lamb Artist Bear, NCTeddyBearLady

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Midnight Storm, named for her stern look, is one of the most difficult real fur bears I have ever made. At 6.5" tall, she is crafted from a full length Persian lamb coat that had been stored in heavy humidity in a warm climate. As a result the skin side of the fur had begun to deteriorate so badly that when I went to stitch the pattern pieces of this bear together, it just fell apart in my hands. I retreated the skin side of the fur with a special mix of oils made for especially for me. The mix kills bacteria, fungus and mildew, the most common causes of rot in pelts. Then I cut new pieces from different sections of the coat. Some would be good and others would fall apart again. Not to be deterred, I just kept trying until I had enough pieces to put this darling together. When I sculpted her face, I chose to give her the expression of consternation that I had on my face for most of the time I was working on her.



In addition to the condition of her fur, there was the problem of making her eyes, nose and mouth show up in her dark face. You can't put black eyes on a black bear and expect to see them. The same is true for the nose. After much thought, I chose to give her blue eyes set in blue gray leather patches to make them stand out better. I matched the embroidered nose and mouth to the leather patches behind her eyes. I used the same leather for her inner ears and paw pads.



Like most of my recycled real fur bears, Storm has wobble joints and is stuffed with polyester fiberfill and weighted with steel shot for a heavy-in-your-hand, life-like feel. She also has my trademark star in her paw pad. Her eyes and hand blown glass from Germany in a brilliant cobalt blue with a black center. In spite of all the trouble I had making her, I love the way she looks.



All of my real fur bears are one-of-a-kind designs that are extremely labor intensive. Each of these bears presents its own challenges, but the smaller they are, the more difficult they are to make. It is virtually impossible to get your fingers inside any bear smaller than four and a half inches. For bears that small, I work under magnification with surgical tools. I have been able to successfully make many real fur bears as small as 3.5"and even one as tiny as 2.5'. This particular bear took three weeks of my time to do all of the following:



disassemble the coat from which she was made

clean and treat the skins

trace the pattern on the skins and lining

cut out the bear and line it

stitch it together

turn it right side out

sculpt the face

embroider the nose

set the eyes, trademark star and attach the ears



Midnight Storm is a one-of-a-kind teddy bear designed and hand stitched by Shelley K. Bossert of Ursa Minor Miniatures. Like all of my teddy bears, this bear is not a toy and is not intended for small children. Small parts present a choking hazard. To see more of my work, please visit my web site, UrsaMinorMiniatures.com.



Be sure to check out my Market Hub on the right for more opportunities to see my work.



In addition to personal checks and US Postal Money orders, I accept PayPal. Shipments paid for by check are held until the check clears.



I do not pad my shipping charges but do pass actual costs on to you, the buyer. ArtFire requires that I pick a number for shipping so I picked the least expensive, slow-boat-to-China rate offered by the United States Postal Service. Secondary shipping charges depend on what else you are purchasing. If you are purchasing more than one item at a time from my studio, please e-mail for shipping charges. If you wish to choose a shipping method other than the USPS to a US address, the cost is more. That said, U.S. or Canadian purchasers may choose the U.S. Postal System, UPS or Fed Ex. but please request a shipping quote before making a purchase.



International purchasers may only use U.S. Global Priority Mail. Costs for Global Priority shipments vary by destination and package weight. Please contact me for a shipping quote before making a purchase. I will combine shipping upon request.



Insurance is optional but I accept no responsibility for damage to uninsured shipments.

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

A customer brought me an old Persian lamb coat that belonged to her mother. She had me make her several bears from the coat and then gave me the scraps. I made this bear from them.

Materials Used

recycled Persian lamb, suede, hand blown glass eyes, Finca perle cotton, disk & cotter pin joints, polyester fiberfill, steel shot

Product Attributes

Color: Black

Accepted Payments
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Shipping

All Other Countries
First Item: $25.00
Additional Items: $0.00

United States
First Item: $6.00
Additional Items: $0.00

Policies

I accept custom orders. I will accept returns within one week of purchase as long as item purchased is returned in the same condition it was shipped. I accept PayPal, US Postal Money Orders and personal checks. Shipments paid for by check are held until the check clears the bank on which it was written.

I do not pad my shipping charges but do pass actual costs on to you, the buyer. That said, U.S. or Canadian purchasers may choose the U.S. Postal System, UPS or Fed Ex. Please request a shipping quote before making a purchase. Canadian purchasers of jewelry may only use US registered mail.

International purchasers may only use U.S. Global Priority Mail. Costs for Global Priority shipments vary by destination and package weight. Please contact me for a shipping quote before making a purchase. I will combine shipping upon request.

Insurance is optional and therefore not included in shipping charges. That said, please note that I accept no responsibility for damage to or loss of uninsured shipments.

Reviews

CalicoCat on May 1, 2009
5 stars

Thank you SO much! I am going to enjoy being able to now admire your wonderful bears on a daily basis. --Linda

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