|Wooden craft clothespins for doll making with (painted) circular wooden stand|
In March 2006 during my A to Z Tips on Doll Collecting exhibit at the African American Museum, a workshop with local Girl Scouts took place simultaneously. I left my exhibit to view the girls as they busily engaged in making dolls using wooden craft clothespins. The craft clothespins used were like the ones shown above, made on the style of traditional one-piece wooden clothespins. I was fascinated by this activity and the girls' enthusiastic creativity.
|Girl Scouts at work making clothespin dolls using wooden craft clothespins|
I took a group photo of the girls at work, shown above with faces blurred of these then minors. Now, some eight years later, the girls are probably 18 years old or older.
I was so inspired by this activity that I wanted to try my "skills" at making at least two clothespin dolls. I purchased a package of craft clothespins and a separately sold package of wooden circular holders. I painted the clothespin brown using acrylic craft paint. Like the girls, I used brown pipe cleaners to create arms and hands, fabric scraps for clothing, and hand painted the faces. I added hair using synthetic fibers for two. I believe the ones with the lighter brown hair might be clippings from my grandson's hair. The dolls I made in 2006 are shown below.
|Clothespin doll couples made in 2006|
|I added sclerae or whites to the eyes, changed the man's nose from two dots, and changed the width of the female's wide grin. The man's complexion is a little darker because I used different paint for his face and sealed it with Mod Podge.|
|Again the man's complexion is a little darker now and they both have sclerae. Definition was added to both noses, and Mod Podge was used to seal the paint. This poor woman now has an uneven eye size, but hey, no one is perfect.|
|Screen captured photo of 8-inch unfinished clothespin doll|
Recently won in another eBay auction is a jointed 8-inch unfinished clothespin doll with how-to-dress instructions. Hopefully the face painting I perform on this one will be much better than that done on my original four. We shall see.
On another note, but loosely related, there are limited edition Barbie Loves Girl Scouts dolls available through the Official Girl Scout shop: Barbie, Teresa, and Nikki.
Click here for more details and/or to order.