December 07, 2021

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How To Make An Inkwell For Dolls Such As Felicity


Does your historical character doll love to write? Maybe she needs a new set of writing essentials!  In this three-part tutorial series we'll show you how to make items for dolls such as Felicity Merriman, that she would have used in her reading and writing lessons all the way back in 1774!

Our first tutorial is a lovely little white and blue heart-shaped inkwell. Girls in her day would have used a quill pen dipped in ink to write with – a messy proposition that needed work to master! Join us in making your doll an inkwell so that she can perfect her penmanship, too!

Supplies:

  • White oven-bake clay
 
  • Tools to work with the clay

  • 1 white feather (we bought a package from the craft store)
 
  • Acrylic craft paint in blue and white (black optional)
 
  • Water and a small paintbrush






Step 1: Take some of your white oven-bake clay and work it with your fingers until it is soft and you can form it into a heart shape. We made ours half an inch thick and about 2 inch across at the widest point. If you have a small heart-shaped cookie cutter that might help, but otherwise you can just use your hands to form it. Try to make it flat on top and bottom with definite sides.







Step 2:  Once you are happy with your heart shape, press a clay tool into it to create the well. If you don’t have a clay tool you could use something like the end of a stick of lip balm, or the end of a chopstick to create the indent. Use your creativity! Press down pretty deeply, but do not go all the way through the clay.

 

Step 3: Take a little bit more of the clay and roll it into a tiny tube shape. Take this piece and place it around the top of the opening of the well, creating a lip, and trimming so that its ends meet each other.

Step 4:  Using your feather, poke a hole in the top right section of the inkwell. This will be the place that holds the feather. Keep in mind when choosing your placement that this spot will be in the center of a blue flower you will later paint, so make it in the center of this section and not too near the sides. And again, press down deeply, but not all the way through the clay.



Step 5:  Bake and cool your inkwell according to the oven-bake clay package instructions.



Step 6:  Now it is time to paint! Use your blue paint (always dip your brush in water first, then dab on a paper towel, then dip into your paint), and create a design on the sides of the inkwell first, to make handling it easiest. We put a blue line around the bottom perimeter, then made a series of curved lines which meet in little “w” shapes, and finally added little dots for accent.

Step 7: Next we painted a blue line around the upper rim of the inkwell, and then we painted little flowers and leaves on the top. Remember to have your feather holder spot end up inside a flower!

Step 8: Once that was dry we went back and mixed a little white with the blue to create a lighter blue, and painted this inside our flowers and leaves. If you mess up at any point you can go over the blue paint with the white to cover it up. It is also a neat idea to use the black paint and fill in the recess of the inkwell hole, so it looks like it is full of ink! (We did not do this this time, but have in the past and it is cute!)



Step 9: Once your paint is all dry, just insert the feather, and Felicity is ready to practice her handwriting! 

(Do not add a clear coat to seal your inkwell. In our experience, it interacts with the clay somehow and creates a sticky mess!)



And that’s it! This is a pretty simple and rewarding craft – I hope your doll loves it!



@forofsuch & The aleksandrajones Team

 

 


12 Comments

Denise Darby
Denise Darby

July 28, 2022

This is such a great idea! Love it thank you so much for sharing.

Patricia
Patricia

July 27, 2022

This really cute. SO unique. Love it

Virginia
Virginia

December 11, 2021

Great idea! I love making doll food and accessories with polymer clay. A couple of years ago I made a complete bakery/deli for my grand niece.

Elaine
Elaine

December 10, 2021

I will do this for my daughter in law’s Felicity Doll that I am sewing for and my doll one day too. How adorable. Hope you have more tutorials like this. These are so much fun for all of us to do for our dolls. Thanks so very much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years and Happy St. Lucia Day for all of you who have Kirsten Larson dolls and dress them up for St. Lucia Day on 13 Dec.

Linda
Linda

December 10, 2021

Thank you, thank you for this great tutorial. I can’t wait to try it. 😁👍❤️

Winter
Winter

December 08, 2021

Cute tutorial. I have a tip: you can glaze/clear coat your inkwell. You just need to use a product formulated for polymers if you’re using polymer clay. Sculpey has a nice product in gloss or satin finish. Here’s a link https://polymerclaysuperstore.com/products/sculpey-glaze-glossy-1-oz

LAURIE
LAURIE

December 08, 2021

Adorable and doable!!

MARIAN ROBERTS PEOPLES
MARIAN ROBERTS PEOPLES

December 08, 2021

Love this for the historic dolls. thank you!

Helena
Helena

December 07, 2021

Cool! I’ll try this with my granddaughters. Thanks for the tutorial.

Alison
Alison

December 07, 2021

I love this tutorial! Thanks!

Fran Renton
Fran Renton

December 07, 2021

So cute and sounds very easy. Can’t wait to try one.

Graceloves2bake
Graceloves2bake

December 07, 2021

This is SO cute! Thank you for sharing!!

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