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Brenda Mize: Minky Bears

Minky Bears
Brenda Mize: Minky Bears
Minky Bears are hand-made teddy bears made from recycled vintage mink fur by the owner of Beacon's Glow Collectibles, Brenda Mize. Each teddy is all hand-stitched and lined for additional durability. All Minky Bears are 5-way jointed using Cotter pins and disc joints. Their eyes are made from shiny black German glass and their noses are hand-sculpted using Polymer clay. Stuffing for each teddy bear is made out of a mix of wood wool excelsior (just like the old-fashioned turn-of-the-century bears) and wool blend poly. Their bodies each have a touch of steel shot to add just a little bit of heft to the bears. Each Minky Bear's face has been carefully scissor sculpted so no two Minky Bears are exactly alike. Each of these one-of-a-kind teddies comes with a cord around their neck with a Swarovski crystal heart and pearl accents. Additionally, each comes with a 'Minky Bear' hang tag and chocolate brown satin bag with care instructions included.

Fluffy Minky Hare has earned the distinction of winning third place in the 2016 URSA Awards Competition This year's competition consisted of 109 entries from 14 countries with 47 artists competing. "URSA" is the bear constellation and an acronym for the competition's criteria.

Brenda was quite pleased that Teddy Bear and Friends magazine created an online feature story about her hand-crafted teddy bears: "Life With A Repurpose: Brenda Mize recycles mink into lovely bears".