Thursday, September 26, 2013

Make a Bear Workshop, Part One - 21 September 2013

Last week, we have 3 students participating in our Make a Bear Workshop namely: Philip, Michelle and Fyon.
Happy Faces of Fyon & Michelle

Philip is making his 3rd bear

Michelle is making a special birthday bear for her daughter
It is Michelle's first time making a bear and this bear will be a very special birthday gift for her little princess. Fyon has made a bear before and coincidentally, she learned to make her first bear from my teacher, Emen Chen. So with a little guidance, she was able to quickly pick up the skills! A refresher course helped her to regain some confidence! The most "experienced", and only guy in the group, Philip, has made 2 bears before. This is his 3rd time making another bear. So as the senior, he gave some tips on the basic fundamentals too. The small interactive group was fun! We have lots of laughter and thanks to everyone's active participation, all of us left the class with a big smile on our faces.


We look forward to see all 3 students next week to complete the bear! =)

Hugs, Wayne

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Our first pair of guppies from Thailand

To begin my journey in the exploration of guppies and increasing my collection, I decide to collaborate the Guppy Project with my best friend Philip Tan.

Both of us are in awe of the wonderful collection of guppies on several fan book pages, namely the "Singapore Fancy Guppy Group" and "Thai Home Breeder Guppy For Show".

We came across a pair of wonderful pair of guppies from Thailand and agreed to shared the cost of importing them to Singapore.

Shipping fishes to Singapore is fast! It took only just 2 days for the fishes to be delivered to your doorstep.

The male

This pair of guppies are very unique. The breed is known as "Platinum red mosaic big ears half moon tail". Yes indeed, that's a very long name for them! But the name obviously tells us how special and unique they are. 

We chose this pair of fishes as we like the distinct vibrancy of colors, the big ears (pectorial fin) and big tail (caudal fin). I particularly like the big ears as they make the fish look like "flying" in the water.

We also realized that the female is pregnant and we are looking forward to see the babies real soon. :)

Hope that you like our very first pair of guppies from overseas. We do hope to import more variety of fishes to Singapore the next time.

Wayne & Philip

Monday, September 23, 2013

My new pastime

Recently, I have immersed myself to the world of fishes. Initially, I started keeping some goldfishes about 6 months ago and then now, I have began rearing guppies a few weeks back.

Rearing fishes isn't new to my family and me. When I am still a child, my parents kept gold fishes, discus and angel fishes. It can be a pretty expensive hobby and the fishes die easily even with much attention given. At that time, information on taking good care of fishes wasn't easily obtainable especially when my parents do not know how to use the internet.

My interest in guppies started about 15 years ago when my aunt gave me 5 guppies to rear as it is considered the easiest fish for kids to take care of with minimal fuss. Within a few months, I had more than 100 guppies in my tank! As I was still a kid back then, I did not know how to differentiate between the males and females and so they reproduced tremendously! After some time though, I started to lose interest and eventually gave them all away.

I started rearing gold fishes again, thanks to my cousins who gave us some fishes they caught while playing the paper net fishing game. Fortunately enough, I was lucky to find two glass fish tanks on seperate occasions. Although I save money on the tanks, I ended up spending even more money buying fishes to fill up the tank! Hmmmm.......

There are now 8 gold fishes in the bigger fish tank and it has become an impressive gallery for guests visiting my house. 8 is an auspicious number to Chinese traditions. I am sharing some pictures of my goldfishes below, they are really cute, hope you will like them too =)





Saturday, September 14, 2013

Upcoming Event: The Singapore Teddy Bear Show is ON!

Dear all, we have a great news to share today.
Wayneston Bears will be participating in the Singapore Teddy Bear Show 2013!

Come join us for 2 days of fun at the Drama Centre with lots of artist bears!

Date & Time:
Saturday 23 November 2013 (From 2.00pm – 5.00pm)
Sunday 24 November 2013 (From 10.00am – 5.00pm)

Drama Centre
100 Victoria Street. Singapore 188064
Event Room: Visitors Centre, Level 5

See you there! =)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Register for the Make a Bear workshop now!

Time to sign up for the next Bear Making Workshop. Spaces are filling up.

Three students are confirmed for the workshop, leaving room for only two more. Limiting the number of students allows for lots of individual attention.

2 more seats available!

More details of the workshop can be found here on my flyer.

Have a great day!
Hugs, Wayne

Monday, September 2, 2013

Lavigne & Polar, Blitz

My niece visits our house yesterday. I showed my latest polar to her and she snatched him away from me wanting to give him a hug!

Blitz got lucky, receiving a big hug from our little princess. Look at how tall she has grown.
Lavigne has grown to like teddy bears, maybe one day she will be interested to learn how to make one too. I look forward to that day.

Hope you like some of her pictures here.

Hugs, Wayne

Presenting to you today, my latest new polar bear, Blitz!

Blitz has now been adopted...Thanks

Presenting to you today my latest and new creation........Blitz the Polar Bear!

Blitz is my first realistic inspired Polar Bear I have ever created; countless hours have been spent to create him.

I looked at real life images of polar bears from the internet and experimented with the body proportions, hence achieving a design which I am very pleased with.

Blitz has an open mouth design with needle sculpted gums, tongue and even has a set of teeth made from Fimo clay.

I had lots of fun and "pain" while making the leather paw pads on his feet. The paw pads easily took me more than 10 hours  to complete them! It's my first attempt applying appliqué techniques to achieve them. Black claws were also installed onto the feet in order to create a more realistic feel and enhance the overall image of the Blitz.

Blitz is on fours. You can pose him sitting down on hind legs.

I would love to hear your comments on my latest creation. Hope to hear from all of you soon!