Byers' Choice Caroler
Every Byers' Choice Caroler is created in a Pennsylvania workshop by the loving hands of a team of skilled artisans. Joyce Byers still designs each Caroler, but the following steps bring life to the figures that have found their way into people's hearts for their own collection or to give as a gift. First each Caroler begins with a coat hanger. This is cut and bent to form a wire frame. Plaster is hand poured on a table, with the coat hanger placed in the plaster before it dries. Then after the plaster hardens, it is painted with a specific color of green. The body is then sculpted with tissue paper. Next Joyce sculpts every original head, from which plaster molds are poured. Clay is then pressed into the plaster molds. As the clay is removed from the mold, it gets slightly distorted. The artisan "cleans up" the head ensuring that each one is unique. After the clay dries, the head receives a coat of flesh colored paint, and then the features are added. Each artisan uses an impressionistic technique to bring life to each face. No two are exactly alike! Last is the choice of fabric and dressing then posing each caroler. Through the combination of loving care from each artisan, they have a hundred unique, handcrafted Carolers that capture the warmth and spirit of Christmas. So when you find the Caroler that seems so special, please don't expect to find that exact same Caroler anywhere else!