Shamrock Rose Teddy Bear Supplies is your One-Stop Shopping Place for Teddy Bear and Doll Making Supplies.

We are proud to offer a wide range of premium quality products imported from Europe. Whatever you are looking for... Plastic Safety Eyes, Hand-painted Glass Eyes, Character Eyes, Moving Doll Eyes, Cat Eyes, Fantasy Eyes, Sew-On Eyes, Glue-On Eyes, Eye Lids, Noses, Joint Systems, Discs, Plastic Doll Joints, Teddy Bear Growlers, Mama Growlers, Music Boxes, Squeakers, Rattles, and many other Tools & Accessories for making Bears, Dolls, Puppets, and other Animals & Plush Toys.

We also offer Genuine Schulte® Mohair, Alpaca, Cotton, Sheepwool, Synthetic, Viscose, Miniature Fabrics, Suedine, Woolfelt, Helmbold Mohair and many other crafting fabrics.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

How To Insert Plastic Safety Joints

How to insert plastic safety joints:

For arms and legs: Make a hole in the fabric where you want to insert the joint. Insert the joint (the piece with the post) from the inside. Then stuff and sew up the arm or leg. Insert arm or leg inside body of bear. Insert the large plastic washer to the post of the joint inside the body cavity. Then insert the smaller disc with the dome side facing out and the flat side facing the material. This is the part that locks it in, so make sure the arm or leg is in the correct position before locking it in. Push down as hard as you can to make sure it is locked in place.

For the head, do a running stitch around the opening, but do not secure the thread. Leave a long piece of thread, so you can pull it tight to close the opening. Then pull both ends of the thread slightly to draw it in a bit. Then insert the base of the joint (the piece with the post) and tuck it inside the running stitch. Then pull the threads again to draw the fabric completely around the post of the joint. Then tie a knot to keep the running stitch gathered tightly around the joint. Sew the fabric around the joint so that it closes up tightly around the joint post. Then insert the head onto the body. Stand the bear on his head with the joint poking through the fabric of the body. Insert the large disc, and then insert the small locking disc with the flat side facing the material. Push down as hard as you can to make sure it is locked in place. Then you are ready to stuff the bear through the opening in the back.

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How to Choose the Right Size Nose for your Teddy Bear

How to Choose the Right Size Nose for your Teddy Bear

There really is no hard and fast rule for a creative task like designing and creating your own teddy bear. When choosing the size of the nose in relation to the eyes for a classic bear, some designers like to use a ratio of 2 to 1 or 3 to 1, meaning that the nose should be two to three times the size of the eyes. 

There are several factors you will want to consider when choosing the size and colour of eyes and nose for your bear. Are you creating a classic teddy bear or a more whimsical, fantasy bear? Is he/she a young, playful bear or a wise, older bear? What kind of personality does he/she have? 

Here are a few thoughts to consider: 

Larger eyes will make your bear appear younger. You will want to place the eyes further apart to convey a more childlike innocence. Smaller eyes, placed closer together, will give the appearance of an older, more mature bear. Solid black eyes will appear larger than eyes with a coloured iris and black pupil.

At Shamrock Rose Teddy Bear Supplies, we carry an amazing variety of eyes and noses, from the basic solid black to coloured eyes in a number of different styles and special effects: multicoloured eyes, radiant eyes, hologram eyes, spiral eyes for trolls and other fantasy creatures, cat eyes, dragon eyes with slit pupils and character eyes with many different expressions. We have life-like noses with nostrils, koala bear noses and standard oval or triangular shaped noses. It really is just a matter of your personal preference which style or size you choose.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Insertion Tool For Plastic Safety Eyes

Insertion Tool For Plastic Safety Eyes

Many people have difficulty pushing the safety washers onto the post of the safety eyes.

This amazing little tool makes it much easier!

It is a metal tube with a wooden ball handle which makes it very comfortable to hold.

How to use:

First, use a fabric awl to create a hole where you plan to insert the eyes.

Place the washer, flat side out, on the tip of the metal tube.

Then insert the eye through the fabric, from the front to the back.

Use the tool to push the washer onto the post. The tool holds the washer steady while the pressure from your palm helps to smoothly and easily push the washer onto the post.

NOTE: Before you press the washer the final few millimetres, make sure you turn the teddy bear head right side out and check that the eyes or nose are positioned exactly where you want it. Otherwise, you may end up with them securely fastened upside down or at an angle!

Once you are satisfied that the eyes are positioned correctly, push on the wooden ball until the washer clicks down the grooves of the post and it sits firmly against the fabric.

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