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Old 2013-12-16, 5:31pm
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I had a request in one of the Secret Santa threads for instructions on how to make teeth...so here it is:

Here's basically how to do it:

1. I always made the eyes first...never added the pupil until the very end, but needed the eye placement in order to get the mouth in the right spot.

2. Place a dollop of white where you want the mouth...make sure it's attached, but don't melt it in...now using an exacto knive make a slit horizontally through the white.

3. Your white dollop should look kinda like puffy white lips now...so you're ready to shape the mouth...using your tungsten pick, you're going to poke the corners of the white lips you made and then gently pull them up, into a smile...or down into a frown...whatever you like.

4. Using your exacto knife make the vertical lines for the teeth, beginning in the center and working out to the corners of the mouth. You don't need a bunch of teeth, usually one line in the center and two on each side would do nicely.

5. Now your mouth is beginning to look like teeth...next you've got to build them up a little so make sure you have a few white stringers laying around for this step. On each tooth you're going to place a small dot from your stringer...next you're going to need a tool for flattening those stringer dots out...you want this tool to be small enough so you are only flattening one at a time. Once you have all the dots flattened you're going to use your exacto knife to redefine those vertical lines between the teeth.

6. Uppers usually stick out a little more than lowers, so add another set of dots to the center 4 upper teeth...flatten...add another dot to each of the upper 2 center front teeth...flatten.

6. Take your exacto knife and redefine those upper vertical lines and you can use the flat area of the blade to gently push on the bottom of the upper front 4 teeth to make sure they're shaped the way you want them. Your teeth should be lookin' like chompers now!

7. Add the lips...using a stringer (not too thin) about the thickness you want your lips to be, lay your stringer down beginning in the corner of the teeth and working your way across the upper lip area. Do the same for the lower lip...beginning at the same corner that you started with for the upper lip, lay your stringer down till you meet the other corner.

8. I sometimes add a little dot from my stringer to each lip corner at this stage and then slightly melt and flatten it in...just a little. Now using the flat side of your exacto blade shape the lips...pushing here and there to get them shaped like you want. When you're satisfied with the shape, use your blade to make a small crease in each corner of the lips.

9. Now using your tungsten pick pull the corners of the lips where you made that tiny crease, up slightly. Now if you're making a cat this is when you add the puffy cheek areas and then the nose.

I hope this helps you add toothie smiles to all your beads...if you have any questions please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer.
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Old 2013-12-16, 6:39pm
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Thank you Bonnie! I love all your critters and miss you making them! I am lucky enough to own one of your cheshire cats!
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Old 2013-12-16, 6:51pm
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You're very welcome and thank you...those Cheshire kitties were so much fun to make.
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Old 2013-12-16, 7:26pm
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Wow I have LOVED the smiles you have created, thank you for sharing your how to!!!!
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Old 2013-12-16, 8:05pm
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You're welcome Sue...now I hope to see more big smiles in the Gallery!
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Old 2013-12-16, 8:54pm
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Thank you for this fabulous generosity! I hope you and your family are healthy and happy! Merry Christmas Bonnie!
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Old 2013-12-17, 8:22am
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Thank you Bonnie! These would be fabulous for Beads of Courage!
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Old 2013-12-17, 8:27am
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You make the best toothy smiles. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 2013-12-17, 11:13am
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You are all so very welcome...they would make wonderful smiles for BOC !

Merry Christmas !
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Oh my gosh. Another wonderful tutorial. thank you for sharing.
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Old 2013-12-18, 9:50am
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I do mine a bit differently. Gonna try this tonight! Thanks again for sharing. We all appreciate it!
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Bonnie!
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Old 2013-12-18, 10:07am
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Old 2013-12-18, 10:34am
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Oh! Thankyouthankyouthankyou! I want to buy that grinning horsie! Is he for sale?
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Old 2013-12-18, 11:45am
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Thanks for the smiles! I've enjoyed your beads so much over the years. I wish I had one of your chesire tabby cats for a keepsake.

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Old 2013-12-18, 7:44pm
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You are all very welcome...Shawnette there are probably many ways to do 'em, I took some instructions that Loco gave and modified them...so give it a try and tweek it to fit your needs...Tillie I don't even have one for myself ! I kinda quit making beads suddenly and most of my stuff was sold. All I have left is some of my older stuff. Patsy I wish I had one too
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OMG, you read my mind! I was SO hoping you'd do this!!! Thanks so much for your generosity!!!!


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Thank you, thank you! Best teef evah !!!!
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Old 2013-12-19, 10:00am
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Thank you Leslie.
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Thanks so much for sharing the technique with us.
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