No Fierce Bears

 
 
I don’t think I could sculpt (or paint, for that matter) a fierce animal if I tried.
 
This little black bear will be part of another pendant.  His face is about 1 1/4″ across.  I sculpted him from dark brown polymer clay then painted him.  He has 3mm glass eyes from http://www.glasseyesonline.com.
 
In this next picture I’m trying out various cabochons with him.  The top one is labradorite and the bottom one is chaoite (?).  Another variation uses a labradorite teardrop at the bottom instead of the purple stone.  And yet another version uses an oval amethyst cabochon at the top instead of the labradorite. 
 
I wisely haven’t glued the stones on yet.  I find that it is very difficult to work bead embroidery between two large cabochons (counting the bear as a cabochcon), so I’m going to work a round or two of beading around the bear before I glue the stones on.
 
In this trial arrangement I have the bear’s head at a jaunty angle.  I like the humor and personality of it, plus it gives a bit of surprise from the expected symmetrical design.  I’m looking forward to beading this one. 


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