5 Day Bisque and China Dolls Seminar

Learn Doll Repair Restoration of Bisque and China

Limited selearn doll repair on bisque dollsminars to learn doll repair are 5 consecutive days of work and instruction. This does NOT include arrival or departure days. Space in any given seminar is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited to 3 students due to the intensive one-on-one instruction. Should your reservation & contract be received after a class is filled, your funds will be returned, and you will have priority for the next seminar. Should your deposit not be received by the deadline date, (without prior arrangements of non-receipt) it is assumed that you are not interested in the seminar at this time.

Seminars to learn doll repair are usually scheduled for the convenience of the student, based on coordinating time schedules of Janie Nafsinger and the student’s. It is to the student’s advantage to be first to schedule a seminar as following students will be required to accommodate an already set schedule


  • Repairing and painting leather and paper mache bodies
  • Air brush instruction, practice and application
  • Painting bodies and features
  • Supply source information
  • Doll library – must have material to review
  • Doll clothing appropriate fabrics and styles for period and type of doll
  • Cleaning dolls and doll bodies
  • Discuss and/or mix paint for repairs, include information on primer, thinners, flattener and important success tips
  • Color matching instruction and practice
  • Wig maintenance and repair
  • Sanding and safety instruction
  • Air brush instruction, practice and application
  • Painting bodies, features and hair
  • Wig maintenance and repair
  • Cloth bodies construction, cleaning and maintenance
  • Working with brushes
  • Restringing
  • Making and installing rocker eyes
  • Eyelash construction and application
  • Teeth application

Lodging  – There are reasonably priced motels within 15 minutes, if you wish. Students who are here to learn doll repair are welcome to utilize on-sight guest facilities. Also available is a camping area (with RV dump & limited hook-ups) that overlook the Snake River Valley and Owyhee mountain range. Lodging is NOT included in the price of the seminar, it is a courtesy. I don’t charge for it. If you stay with us, you fix your own own breakfast and lunch from things we have on hand or you can provide your own. Dinner is prepared for you.

Laundry Facilities – You are also welcome to use the laundry facilities during the seminar whether or not you are staying with us. You are responsible for your own laundry during your stay. If you want clean sheets you have to wash them yourself. In other words, this is just all a courtesy, no maid service included! Letting you stay with us is just to help you get more from the seminar and to save you money.

Partner or Multi-Person Seminars – The cost of the seminar is per person—husband and wife, business partners, friends who want to attend together, will receive a discount of $200. Each person will restore his/her own dolls, and restore the same number of dolls, so if you take the seminar together EACH of you will need to bring the items on the “bring list.”

What should I bring? Please check out the the “bring list link,” which details what you will need to bring to learn doll repair at this seminar, and your signed contract, which states what you get for your money. If you are unable to attend the seminar, but wish to participate in a future one, call or e-mail for the next available dates. Although I MAY state the dates of the next seminar, there is some flexibility and I try to get the best dates for all when I can.

Schedule – Career training seminars are limited to three students per seminar, but many seminars to learn doll repair only have one student. This is career training. It is hard work—labor intensive. Each day a certain goal must be reached in order to crowd in all you need to learn.

Restoration Seminars
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Learn Doll Repair Bisque and China Doll Contract

Antique Child Doll Restoration

17122 W. Locust. Ln.          Caldwell, Idaho 83607          Phone 208-850-7381           Email: Janie@antiquechild.com

Antique Child Doll Restoration agrees to:

1) Teach a limited course of 5 days to learn doll repair in bisque and china doll repair, which includes work on a minimum of 3 bisque and 2 china dolls. Skills to learn doll repair  will include, but not be limited to: patching and fabrication of bodies and parts, eye and lash fabrication (including rocker assembly), hands on paint airbrush experience, wig care, stringing, instruction in appropriate clothing for the period, etc.

2) (Student’s name)_______________________________  Address _________________________________

City _______________________ State ________  Phone _______________________

Email __________________will be provided with the following items:

* Dust masks for use in sanding materials including but not limited to: Fillers, Putty, Plaster, Composition, Paper Mache

* A safety respirator designed specifically for the materials to be used in class consisting of lacquer thinner, acrylic enamel, reducer and primer

* Samples of products promoting restoration success to take with you

* All materials needed to work on dolls WHILE IN CLASS except doll parts, dolls, wigs or accessories or clothing, these are extra and those listed in the “Bring List” stating what the student must furnish, and if the student is unable to obtain some of the materials listed in that list, Antique Child will offer those items to purchase at a reasonable price or inform the student where they can purchase those items.

* Optional equipment will be available for purchase:

Top of the line air brush and specialty tools not readily available elsewhere

3) Each student who completes the seminar to learn doll repair in bisque and china dolls will be given a certificate of completion.

4) After completion of the course, if the student decides they would like to take the full 14 day seminar course, a credit of $800 towards the course will be available to the student.

5) Courtesy transportation from airport, room, board and meals are available to the student.

The Above and undersigned student agrees that he or she has read and will bring required items noted on the “Bring List” to promote success in the class to learn doll repair of bisque and china dolls. Further the undersigned student has read the above and understands that some or all of the material used in doll repair may be hazardous and toxic, and agrees upon signing this contract to NOT hold Antique Child and/or Janie or Kirk Nafsinger, separately and/or collectively, responsible for any exposure or harm from those materials either during the seminar or at any time thereafter. Above and undersigned student further agrees to take personal responsibility for any accidents or injuries they may have while attending the seminar, or for any injuries they may occur in the future from using said materials , having been informed of the possible toxicity of their use.

Antique Child and/or Janie or Kirk Nafsinger, separately and collectively agree to furnish, to the best of their knowledge and ability, adequate safety equipment and information for the student to use during the time they are participating in the above seminar, and to take precautions to the best of their ability and knowledge to protect the student, and information needed for the student to know what they will need to protect themselves from those and other materials they may use in doll restoration, and to inform the student which materials are hazardous and toxic so they may make an informed choice to use them. Above and undersigned student herewith acknowledges all health warnings. Anyone with respiratory or breathing problems can not take this seminar. Further, is there is any chance of pregnancy, a test should be conducted to find out if pregnancy is present, and if so, not to take the seminar as the materials used could be harmful to an unborn child.

(Student’s name) ______________________________________________ agrees to the following financial terms.

To pay Antique Child the sum of $1775.00 for the above seminar to learn doll repair with bisque and china dolls (more than 1 student, refunded fee of $200). The first $300 is a deposit, non-refundable for any reason except cancellation of the seminar by Antique Child, and is to be paid for in the form of a money order, check or Pay Pal payment at the time the contract is signed and returned . The balance, $1475.00, is to be paid prior to the first day of the seminar. Balance may be paid with money order, certified check or credit card through Pay Pal.

Student signature___________________________________________

Antique Child authorized representative________________________________

Your cashiers check or money order is your receipt for your deposit. A receipt for the full amount of the seminar will be furnished to you upon full payment. If you would like a copy of this contract signed by us after you have signed and returned it, you can pick it up at the time of the seminar, or make an extra copy WITH YOUR signature and mail it when you send in your contract, and we will sign it and return it to you.

learn doll repair of bisque and china dolls

Bisque and China Dolls to Bring

This is a combined list for both the bisque and china doll 5 day seminars.  If you are wanting to learn about just bisque dolls  or just china dolls, disregard all that is not relevant to you.   Because the list is for a combined 5 days, you will need to bring extra dolls for the Bisque Only or China Doll Only seminars.  Please contact me and we can discuss your needs as these seminars are designed with the student needs in mind. The goal is to take you from what you already know to expand and enhance your knowledge in the areas of YOUR interest. The seminars are for you so help me out and let me know what you would like to do. 

Bisque and china dolls to bring to this seminar may not address all the needs of every doll you bring, but in bringing more than is needed, a good selection will be available for instructional and application purposes. There is no problem with bringing extra dolls to assure good selection.

Bisque and China Dolls to Bring

  1. 3-4 Antique bisque shoulder head with damaged shoulder plate, with kid bodies. The kid body to learn doll repair  on at least one must need work, or bring a separate separate body that needs work. At least two dolls should have once have had eyelashes that are now missing or partly missing.
  2. 2-3 Antique bisque head dolls with compo/paper mache ball jointed bodies. 1 of the bodies should be a 5 part German baby body. The heads on the bodies may be okay or need repair! This is the bisque/china seminar, they can be among the ones you bring to repair in class. The heads should have a crack (no facial cracks or breaks), and body must need work, or you can bring a separate body to work on if desired. They should not have major composition loss, but require patching of cracks and rebuilding of missing or damaged fingers, toes, etc. This seminar does not include instruction on a full repaint, but focuses on repair, patching and accessory skills. The bodies should not have any missing parts.  Dolly Madison Bisque and China Dolls to Bring
  3. 2 Wigs – If the dolls you bring to learn doll repair on do not have wigs, bring 3-4 with you to work on.
    1) Mohair wig- You will need a GOOD but messed up mohair wig–it can come on the above dolls or be separate.
    2) Human hair wig – good but messed up human hair wig–it’s better if they come on the dolls.
  4. 2-3 Antique china head dolls to learn doll repair on. At least one must have a damaged shoulder plate (you will not have time to do face breaks requiring painting the features in this class.) In addition, at least one must require work on the body. You will be shown details of china doll bodies for fabrication and/or replacement.
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Janie Nafsinger
17122 W. Locust Lane
Caldwell, Idaho 83607

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