The bears will be in. I’ve gone back to researching beavers and there are lots of great connects. I’ve been thinking bears, beavers, wolves, and moose- not necessarily in that order, though I think I will start with a Grizzly bear coin going into a change purse ie. hibernation. 🙂 Purse will remain in view “over the winter” 🙂 and a special reveal will be made later, in the Spring. I have a nice prop to tie the bears in with beavers and now I’ll be able to use it. My sister got me this great pen in Banff, years ago:
I’m thinking of going with Roth’s “The Table” with Canadian nickels, as well.
Wolves have significant links to beavers, moose, and bears, so they’ll be a unifying feature of the set. I might introduce elk, too. I’ve got another medal from the Northwest Territorial Mint featuring elk that I think I’d like to use in a spellbound type bit in the set. So presentation’s coming together, I’ve settled on effects for the most part, and have been scouting methods. I think I’m ready to start practicing. I will be investing in a beautiful bear coin to join the rest of the bear props that will be featured. I enjoy looking for beautiful coins and I found one. The 2011 Year of Bear bimetal lira from Turkey. I’ll post a photo once I’ve acquired one of these coins. Will be practicing with a substitute til then. It’s a coin that will be versatile, compatible with others I have that I won’t be using in this set. I like finding props that I’ll be able to bring in harmoniously with what I’ve already got. That’s a design challenge, I suppose, and it’s one that I find very interesting. There’s so much you can do.