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Make a polymer clay bear.
The Simple Bear is the basis for all the other bears in the book. He is shown here with two friends. The larger blue bear has a brown snout and a very big nose. He also has little brown matching pads on his paws, which are created by squashing tiny flattened balls of brown clay into place. 
He has larger ears and his eyes are closer together. The little pink bear has a tiny, round nose made from deep pink clay. Her ears have been placed further down and she holds a blanket made from flattened white clay. The claws were created using a cocktail stick to make the indentations.

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  • How to sculpt a clay bear. Polymer Clay Simple Bear - Step 1
    Step 1

    Divide the clay and form the shapes as shown above.

  • Step 2

    Attach the legs to the body by pressing firmly, taking care not to distort the tops of the legs.

  • Step 3

    Attach the arms.

  • Step 4

    Push the blunt end of the half cocktail stick into the top of the body, leaving a little protruding, as shown (right).

  • Step 5

    Insert the glass beads as eyes, using the cocktail stick.

  • Step 6

    Add the chin followed by the cheeks as shown above.

  • Step 7

    Attach the little black nose.

  • How to sculpt a clay bear. Polymer Clay Simple Bear - Step 8
    Step 8

    Place the head firmly down on the protruding cocktail stick to attach it to the body.

  • Step 9

    To make the ears, press the little balls firmly on the head, then pinch them to flatten them slightly.

  • Step 10

    Use the knitting needle to create the ear holes.

  • Step 11

    Bake your bear at the recommended temperature on a ceramic tile or baking tray.

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omg thank you what a wonderful site
omg so adorable :3 im gonna have to make these
PJ · Avondale, Arizona, US · 96 projects
I love these bears, I have to get back to
sculpting again..its been to long.
Emma W.
Emma W.
I love this one! Very easy to make and my friends LOVE them...now i've got to make them all one!

So, so cute.

CO + K User

Boo...I thought it was a stuffed, sewn bear. It looks so real!

Very cute.

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