How to Choose the Right Size Eyes for your Teddy Bear

The most commonly asked question I get from beginners is, "What size eyes should I use for my bear?"

There really is no hard and fast rule for a creative task like designing and creating your own teddy bear. There are several factors you will want to consider when choosing the size and colour of eyes 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, 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.

Eyes are measured from the outside edge across the middle of the eye. All sizes are listed in millimeters. Here are some general guidelines for choosing the eye sizes:

For a 1" to 2.5" bear:  1mm eyes (glass beads are recommended)

For a 2.5" to 3.5" bear:  2mm eyes (glass beads are recommended)

For a 3" to 4" bear:  3mm or 4mm eyes

For a 5" bear:  4mm to 6mm eyes

For a 6" bear:  5mm to 7mm eyes

For a 7" bear:  6mm to 8mm eyes

For an 8" bear:  7mm to 9mm eyes

For a 9" bear:  8mm to 10mm eyes

For a 10" bear:  8mm to 11mm eyes

For an 11" to 12" bear:  9mm to 11mm eyes

For a 13" to 15" bear:  10mm to 12mm eyes

For a 16" to 20" bear:  12mm to 14mm eyes

For a 20" to 27" bear:  14mm to 16mm eyes

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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Premium Insertion Tool For Plastic Safety Eyes



Insertion Tool For 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!

This tool is a more deluxe version of our basic insertion tool with a larger handle that is molded to the shape of your hand. It comes with a magnet attachment for metal washers, to hold the washer in place while you work, so you don't have to worry about dropping it on the floor and losing it. The magnet attachment is available in size small and medium.

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 magnet.

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 the tool until the washer clicks down the grooves of the post and it sits firmly against the fabric.

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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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