Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Meet Bobby the BJD Doll!

Could you still remember the last doll made by Wayne? It was probably done more than 2 years ago! 

This time Wayne took up a challenge to make a BJD (Ball Jointed Doll)!


Wayne signed up for a Simple SteamPunk BJD Contest hosted by Apryl Jenson, Owner of the Makingfairies.com

He decided to do this because this would give him the opportunity to learn something new; he had always wanted to make dolls and other creations besides just bears. The other challenge that he would had to overcome was his inability to create outfits and use a sewing machine. He hoped that by joining this competition, it would give him the opportunity to discover and learn new techniques.

The first face made by Wayne

With the help of Wayne's doll teacher, Carmel, Wayne learnt to created a more child-like face

Wayne discovered that doll making is more difficult than making Teddy Bears because there are basically no patterns to make a doll! All you need is to use your imagination to mold and sculpt a doll by using balls of clay. Thankfully, there is a printed size and proportion of the doll so that you can always keep track and make sure your doll is not oversized!



The dolls made are definitely OOAK (One of a Kind) since they are hand sculpted. That is unless you cast and make multiples of them from molds.

It's very frustrating when the joints kept breaking.

Wayne learns to make a wig cap for Bobby!
Wayne felt that the most difficult process of making a BJD was to prevent the breakage of the joints on the limbs. He would need more experience through trial and error to find a better way to strengthen the joints. That is why most of the BJD in the market are made of resin as resin is hard and strong.

First attempt to give doll a make-up with oil paints
Wayne also felt that he needs more practise to learn how to paint a doll's face. It is very difficult to paint symmetrical eye brows and lashes. 

After the doll was completed, Wayne measured and drew an outfit pattern and sew it using a sewing machine. It took Wayne two tries to get the right fitting for the doll to wear. Looking at Bobby's completed outfit made all the effort worthwhile!

Sewing pants for Bobby

A failed attempt!

Bobby finally has his pants and shoes on.

Wayne is very proud of Bobby! Wayne has submitted Bobby for the competition and we hope we can win some blocks of clay to make more dolls!





We want to take this opportunity to thank Apryl for organising this event and we hope to join the event again next time.


Hugs, Wayne

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wayneston Studios is on Channel 8, 10am this Sunday!


Dear friends!

Just a quick note to inform you that Wayneston Studios and Singapore Teddy Bear Club will be featured on Channel 8 "Toys Unplugged" 玩具不插电 this Sunday, 10am!

We hope you will enjoy the show and understand more about our Club!

If you are a Teddy Bear and Doll lover too, we would like to invite you to join our Club on Facebook below.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/267233246692195/

 
Have a great week!

Hugs, Wayne

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Make a Bear Workshop 10 & 24 September 2017

Wayneston Studios is pleased to have 3 students attending the Make-a-Bear Workshop held on 10 & 24 September.

L-R: Doreen, Gladys and Yvonne

It is the first time for the students namely, Doreen, Gladys and Yvonne, making a Teddy Bear.

Wayne was happy to know that the 3 students were able to perform hand sewing and very quickly, they managed to stitch the bear parts without assistance.




Wayne shared with them the way to make a secure gathering stitch at the base of the head. The students later tried, for the first time, in turning a T-pin after inserting washers and discs into the head and neck.





After their bear heads were fully stuffed, they proceeded to embroider the nose for their bears. They all done a great job keeping the stitches neat!






In the 2nd class, they learned how to joint and stuff the bear.
Wayne was also delighted to receive a handmade doll made by Doreen!


She is now waiting for Wayne to make a pink bear to swap in return! This swap has made both of us very excited.

Bear made by Gladys

Bear made by Doreen

Bear made by Yvonne



Thank you Doreen, Gladys and Yvonne in joining our class. We hope to seeing you again soon.

Hugs,

Wayne

Elephant Pin Cushion, Whitelite is now available for adoption

Introducing our new product - Elephant Pin Cushion!

These Pin Cushions are made from Mohair with felt or cotton fabric base.

Whitelite is now available for adoption on:

We hope you will like him :)

Hugs, Wayne




Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Teddy Bear & Mouse Workshops in October and November!

Hi everyone!

We are please to announce the new dates for the upcoming workshops in the month of October and November!

Due to the popular demand of our workshops, we are extending our promotion! Enjoy 20% discount when you signed up for the workshops on the dates below!

Register your interest now with Wayne at: waynestonbears@yahoo.com.sg

Cheers,
Wayneston Studios & Team


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Intermediate Bunny Workshop by Margaret Burke!



Wayneston Studios is pleased to invite Margaret Burke (Nikkel Bears) from Australia to conduct an Intermediate Bear Making Workshop here in Singapore! 

Seats are limited to only 8 pax.
7 more seats available!

Register you interest now with Wayne at: waynestonbears@yahoo.com.sg

Cheers!
Wayneston Studios & Team

Join us this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Craft Bazaar!


We are going to have a busy week before the month ends!

Come and join us on these dates! We will also conducting simple mini elephant workshop!


See you there!

Cheers,
Wayneston Studios & Team

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Halloween Craft Party!


We are excited to share our very first craft party @ Wayneston Studios!
Bring your family and friends to join our sewing group. We are going to have lots of fun!
Let’s make something fun, creepy but cute to bring home in the evening.
Admission Fee: $20 per pax (Includes snacks, drinks & materials)
*This is not a workshop, coaching is not included.
Email waynestonbears@yahoo.com.sg to reserve your seat! Limited to 10 participants.
Cheers,
Wayneston Studios & Team

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Kids Holiday Workshop - Elephant Workshop with Dyan

Wayneston Studios welcomes another young student named Dyan last week!


Dyan is primary six this year, to reward her hard work in school, her lovely mum brought her to Wayneston Studios to make something she likes.


Dyan chose a piece of purple mohair to start her elephant project. It was her very first time sewing and we could see the excitement on her face.

Dyan traced and cut out the pattern on the fabric. Wayne later showed her how to perform basic sewing techniques and very soon she got the hang of it and started sewing by herself.


Her mum, Amanda learnt from Wayne last year has improved tremendously in bear-making. After that workshop she learnt last year, she managed to make another 4 creations by herself! Amanda wants the best for Dyan - that is to learn to appreciate handmade toys and sewing is an essential “life skill” everyone should learn.


After sewing, Dyan stuffed the elephant and Wayne helped her with the closing of the opening. We praised Dyan for her patience as it took her more than 4 hours to complete the elephant.


After the elephant is completed, Wayne took a group photo for them.

We look forward to meeting Amanda and Dyan again soon!

Hugs,
Wayne

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kids Holiday Workshop - Polar Bear Workshop with Alyssa

Wayneston Studios welcomes one of the youngest student, Alyssa, aged 5, for her first bear-making class.




Alyssa decides to make a polar bear. She is free to choose the colours of the nose, eyes and the ribbon on the polar bear, completely customised to her liking.




With Wayne’s instructions, Alyssa first insert the nose onto the bear’s face, then stuff the bear with poly fiber using her tiny fingers. Wayne also introduced her to use a stuffing stick to push the poly fiber in to the hard-to-reach areas.



She also learnt to pour in the plastic pellets using a funnel to fill up the limbs of the bear and it’s belly. Now, it’s Mummy Joan’s turn to stitch up the bear and to add on the finishing touches such as the mouth and claws.



Wayne demonstrated the stitching techniques and tips to sew. Being a first timer and no experience in sewing, Joan is surprised that she is able to do it with minimal help.


After the session, both Joan and Alyssa is happy with bring home a handmade polar bear which they made together. It is indeed a time of good bonding and experience!


We look forward to meeting both again next time!

Cheers,
Wayne