5 Day Composition and Hard Plastic Seminar

Compo and HP Dolls Bring List

Composition and Hard Plastic Dolls Bring ListComposition and hard plastic dolls bring list is designed to teach you the most skills on the least amount of dolls.  The dolls to bring for the composition and hard plastic doll seminar to learn doll repair should include  5-8  dolls (they can be mailed in advance if needed).

  • All composition and composition dolls with cloth bodies that are 20” to 25” .
  • At least 1 composition doll should have painted eyes and another with sleep eyes.
  • Dolls such as the Shirley Temple and other 1930-40 dolls have the early acrylic eyes that have often crystalized or shattered and  require an iris transplant, while others may have metal eyes that may be scratched and need touch-up painting.
  • A painted hair composition and one that has hair so that you can experience both types.
  • At least 1 doll  should require eyelashes.  If  you do not have one, I have some here in the studio for practice.
  • Dolls should not have major composition loss, but require patching of cracks and rebuilding of missing or damaged fingers, toes, etc
  • Included should be cloth bodied dolls with composition head, arms and legs and all composition dolls.
  • All dolls should have crazing.

Hard Plastic Dolls

All hard plastic dolls to learn doll repair on should be at least 14” tall (all hard plastic from the 50’s, not later plastic or vinyl and plastic ) — such as Sweet Sue,Nanette, Toni, etc.) Do NOT to bring dolls with strong odor. It is a mildew in the plastic and once set cannot be removed.   The hard plastic portion will include cleaning and maintenance of hard plastic dolls, stringing, eye case, repainting and clothing needs.

*** This seminar  include instruction on at least 1-2  full strip and redo of composition, and is focused on skills to learn doll repair, patching and accessory skills. For those skills, see Full Restoration seminar.

Learn Doll Repair with Composition Dolls and Hard Plastic Dolls

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 composition*  and hard plastic doll repair, which includes work on a minimum of 5 composition and 2 hard plastic dolls. Skills addressed will include but not be limited to: patching and fabrication of body parts, eyelash fabrication, hands on paint air brush experience, iris transplants, craze control, wig care, stringing, body assembly, etc.

* NOTE: Ball jointed bodies are not considered composition and not included in this seminar to learn doll repair. Please see bisque & china 5 day limited seminar or Full Seminar for additional information regarding ball jointed instruction.

2) (Student’s name)________________________________  Address _____________________________

City ____________________ State ______  Email ___________________________________

Phone __________________________   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

* Basic equipment, air brush, reference materials, books, etc.

* Samples of products promoting restoration success to take with you

* All materials needed to learn doll repair and  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.

3) Each student who completes the seminar to learn doll repair with composition and hard plastic dolls  will be given a certificate stating level of  excellence (attended, completed, completing basics, completed with excellence).

4) After completion of the course to learn doll repair with composition dolls and hard plastic dolls, 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 the 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. 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 a seminar to learn doll repair with composition and hard plastic doll  (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.

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Composition Doll Repair

To learn composition doll repair and hard plastic repair,  the doll seminar is limited seminars are five 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 three 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 students. 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.


  • Essential elements and tools to learn doll repair on composition and hard plastic dolls
  • Supply source information
  • Doll library – must have material to review wile you learn doll repair
  • Doll clothing appropriate fabrics and styles for period and type of doll
  • Cleaning dolls – composition and hard plastic
  • Discuss and/or mix paint for repairs, include information on primer, thinners, flattener and important success tips
  • Matching color instruction
  • Sanding and safety instruction
  • Air brush instruction, practice and application
  • Painting bodies, features and hair
  • Wig maintenance and repair
  • Craze control
  • Cloth bodies construction, cleaning and maintenance
  • Working with brushes
  • Restringing
  • Iris transplants
  • Eyelash construction
  • 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 to Bring – Please check out the the “bring list link,” which details what you will need to bring to the 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 to learn doll repair, but many seminars 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.

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Janie Nafsinger
17122 W. Locust Lane
Caldwell, Idaho 83607

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Oh, Janie, I am so pleased. The girls arrived and they are absolutely gorgeous. I am taking them for my mom to see today...

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