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Are you brighter than the average bear? This little guy sure is! Perfect for mad scientists, tiny Halloween scenes, or people with a twisted sense of humor.

(Inspired by this lamp: http://www.suck.uk.com/product.php?rangeID=104&showBar=1, but in miniature.)

He'll light up your life - or at least, illuminate a very small area.

Features of this bear:
- he's about the size of a 9V battery
- he's fully jointed
- his arm acts as a switch to turn the LED on and off
- the batteries can be replaced without requiring surgery

No teddy bears were harmed in the making of this instructable.

(Note: this project is small, fiddly, and requires hand sewing skills.)

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Step 1: Things you will need


For the circuit, you will need:

- an LED (mine is about 4mm diameter)
- some conductive thread (I got mine from http://www.aniomagic.com/)
- watch batteries (mine are 377 or LR626) - the LED runs on 2, but you'll want spares

For the bear body you will need:

- a little bit of polyester fiberfill (available at anyplace that sells sewing or craft supplies)
- thread (I use clear nylon, but you can also use a color that matches your fabric)
- a scrap of stretchy fabric (like thin t-shirt material) for the battery compartment
- a small piece of upholstery velvet or similar material for the body of the bear (keep reading for details)

Fabrics for making miniature bears can be purchased from specialty suppliers such as http://www.christiebears.co.uk/ or http://www.sassybearsandfabrics.com/. If you don't want to order fabric, you may be able to find upholstery velvet or thin ultrasuede at your local fabric store.

The fabric that I am using is a miniature bear velvet with a white grid backing. However, any fabric that is thin and won't fray at the edges should work. The bear will hold its shape better if the fabric isn't stretchy.

Tools

- a ballpoint or very fine felt tip that will write on the back of the fabric you are using
- something thin and blunt like the handle of a crochet hook
- small scissors
- a tiny needle
- a needle that works with your conductive thread (I had to use a bigger needle for my conductive thread)
- hemostats (also called locking forceps). Either straight or curved will work, but they need to be small.

You can get hemostats from the same places that sell miniature bear fabrics. They are used in surgery, so will be sold by medical supply companies, and I've also seen them for sale with tools & pliers used for electronics. I think I've also seen them sold as fish hook removal tools.

kaymcleod3 years ago
What beautiful work, and wonderfully clear instructions as well! I want to make a tiny posable teddy bear and this is the most helpful instructable I've found so far - thanks to you I'll have no problems with its body and limbs (though I'll forgo the electronics - most impressed).
Thursday (author)  kaymcleod3 years ago
Thanks!

I've been thinking of doing an instructable for a traditional teddy at some point, and I see a pocket-sized contest has just been posted, so maybe I'll do it for that.

Also, I learned how to make miniature bears from the book "How to Make Enchanting Miniature Teddy Bears" by Debbie Kesling. If you can find a copy, I recommend it.
madmanmoe643 years ago
I really like this, and it's brilliantly documented, it should definitely be featured.
Very good
I am impressed
this is awesome you should win the soft circuit contest
Thursday (author)  larslovespeace4 years ago
Thanks! Glad you liked it =)