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.