Vintage Mink Bears by Kathy Myers

Vintage Mink Bears by Kathy Myers
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Oh no !!! Poor teddy ...

is in desperate need of repair because a frisky puppy mistakenly thought it was a puppy toy.

Yes, if one of your Kathy Myers' Mink Bears is ever in need of repair ... please please return it to me rather than giving it to someone else to repair.

So this poor little teddy is my next project

Fortunately, or unfortunately, all of the damage was to the teddy's head. The most obvious solution would be to make a new head, ears and neck...

 but when I searched for the mink scraps from this teddy I could only find the scraps in the photo above and these scraps seem to be a slightly different shade of brown. (My customer did not want the scraps returned so I just added them to my scrap bin ... after over 25 years of mink teddy creations my mink scraps take up several boxes). So I'm not totally convinced that these are the scraps from this same teddy. Yes, I could still make the head and neck using this slightly lighter mink ... or another solution would be a "face transplant" with white mink. I would cut out the damaged face and sew on a new white (or lighter mink) mink face. The advantage to that is that I would not have to dismantle the entire bear just to replace the head. Of course, I've never done this before so it would be a new challenge.

What will I do? Since I am not convinced that these scraps are a perfect match I think I will give the white face a try first. I actually really like my white or lighter faced teddies.

Would you like to see how this teddy #3587 looked when I finished it in August of 2014?

Examples of my teddies with lighter faces:

Please go to my May 1st post to see this damaged teddy with it's new face ... CLICK HERE

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Custom Teddy

#3615 for Jan

Please CLICK HERE to see more photos and details of this teddy bear

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WIP ... next custom order

This is actually a continuation of a previous order ... this is bear #2
To see bear #1 please click here ... "Striped Pajamas Teddy"

I'm working with the remainder of the minks:
There is still a lot of the unusual mink to work with ...

... but quite a bit less of the mink stole which was already rather small

Now the question is ... how did I make the first teddy?
Since it was a very unusual OOAK (one of a kind) teddy that I made a few months ago I am so happy that I made a photo journey of it's creation ... Click Here to see how I made the first teddy.

To see more of the making of this teddy ... Click here.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Five Custom-made Teddy Bears

Finally finished with this custom order ... it took a long time
but as you can see, it was worth it because
each teddy is beautiful !!!