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
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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