Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tiny Challenge: Teddy Bears

After last week's Tiny Sock Monkey Challenge I have decided to challenge myself to sculpt a number of additional tiny animal series.

This week's challenge: Tiny Teddy Bears

The goal: Sculpt a number of teddy bears Under ONE INCH TALL!
Alas, teddy bears come in so many colors, I opened my drawer of clay and was instantly lost (I own a few hundred bars of clay in about that many colors)
So I posted a poll on my Facebook Page asking for Teddy Bear color suggestions

The first vote came from KatersAcres for Brown and Blue Bears. I sculpted a warm-up pair measuring 1 inch and 3/4 inch tall

After the 'warm-up' pair I was ready to work my way down. The majority of votes called for Pink and White Teddy Bears. My translation: Marbled teddy bears in red and white for an overall 'cute' pink look. Instead of the common 'twist' typically seen in marbled sculptures (where 2 colors of clay are twisted together for a fun, but somewhat boring pattern) I created the marbled effect using a technique I invented and coined the 'crazy cane' technique. This allows the marbled colors to show through in a 'crazy' pattern blending and twisting in every direction

Here are the Results

Bear sizes from left to right: 1 inch, 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 1/4 inch
That's right, the smallest bear is just ONE QUARTER INCH TALL

But of course, after sculpting all these pink bears, blue started calling to me, so I gave in and followed up with 2 tiny blue teddy bears

The blue teddies measure 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch.
And JUST IN CASE you're not convinced of the size yet (my camera did well this time) here are some reference photo shots:

These tiny teddy bears can be purchased in my Artfire Shop and in my Etsy Shop

I've enjoyed these tiny challenges immensely and am ready to take on yet another tiny critter challenge, yet there are SOOO MANY CHOICES...

What tiny creature would you like to see next?

Post your suggestions in the comments below, or on my Facebook Page
Some suggestions that crossed my mind: Owls, bunnies, chicks


  1. The expression on their faces is so adorable ... I don't know how you get personality into such tiny pieces!!!

  2. OMG... how in the world do you make such tiny creations.. they are adorable.

  3. So cute! I love those tiny sculptures you make.

  4. Adorable little bears

  5. Wow - your little bears are amazing! So cute!!