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To better inform you about our products, here are descriptions of some of the materials used to create them...
Alabastrite is a product line name for Polyresin items. Alabastrite is a stone-based material which can be intricately molded producing great detail, and will allow paint to adhere. These items may be cleaned by dusting, however, they should not be washed with water as they are painted with water soluble paints.
Bone ChinaWhite clay with bone ash added. Bone ash content must be at least 25% by U. S. guidelines. Fired at 1800 degrees. The translucent material is finished with a glaze or underglaze (matte). Lighter, stronger, more expensive than porcelain.
The most successful simulated diamond. Properties such as refraction, hardness, and specific gravity are remarkably similar to diamonds. Cubic zirconia are very hard to distinguish from diamonds; sometimes a jewelers loop will be needed to see the difference.
Extremely hard, highly refractive colorless or white crystalline of carbon. Diamonds, like all gemstones, are judged in terms of Carats, or weight (different from Karats, as in gold purity).
A magnesia-rich, sedimentary rock resembling limestone, dolomite is either gray, pink, or white in color.
Acrylic items are given the French Lilac process, (used on glass), to achieve the distinctive frosted look. The drama of frosted glass without the weight.
Rubies, sapphires, emeralds and amethysts, often treasured as birthstones, fall under the category of gemstones. Gemstones are priced and graded by Carat weight.
The ultimate precious metal. Virtually indestructible, amazingly malleable, doesn't rust or tarnish. Graded by purity; in the U.S. a scale of 24 is used, so 24 Karats (24K) is 100% pure. 18K is 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy (other metals), and so on. 10K is the legal minimum for Karat-graded gold. The word "Plumb" indicates the exact purity of the piece.
Gypsum is a white mineral which is usually used to make Plaster of Paris.
To closely emulate a special stone found in China which is known for its deep red color, these items are created using an Alabastrite Polyresin. Hong Tze pieces are highly polished, further bringing out the intense, deep red color.Jade Porcelain
Jade porcelain is a type of porcelain made with a finer clay. Usually no glaze or only a colorless glaze will be applied at the final firing to show off the very smooth surface and to preserve the translucency. Jade Porcelain is used for night lights because of its high degree of translucency when lit.
Unique fabric or paper prints are applied to the surface of porcelain, dolomite or polyresin items. After application, 12 layers of lacquer are added and the item is hand polished to a high gloss between each layer.
A smooth, lustrous, variously-colored deposit formed around a grain of sand in the shell of a certain mollusk. Pearls may be formed naturally or "cultured" through an artificial implanting process.
Polyresin is a resin compound generally used for statues, figurines, and decorative furniture. It is a sturdy material that can be intricately molded, allowing a great level of detail with consistent texture. Additives can be incorporated into the compound to enhance the material's strength, reduce its weight, add heat stability, decorative effects, and so on. Polyresin is also compatible with a large range of different finishes, including paint and metallic finishes, which is why many decorative pieces are made from this material. One form of polyresin often used is Alabastrite, which is a stone-based material, easy to sculpt, takes paint well, and has a similar appearance to porcelain and pottery.
Polystone is a compound made up largely of polyurethane resin mixed with powdered stone additives that give it added weight and a porcelain or "stone-like" feel. Polystone is durable and highly effective at maintaining a sharp paint finish. Unlike porcelain which is fired in an oven, polystone is a cold-cast material in which no heat is used, resulting in much greater variations of paint finish. Polystone should never be washed in water. Dust can be removed with a damp, lint-free cloth or a soft brush, but chemical cleaners should never be used as they can damage the finish.
Fine ground white clay, molded and fired in an oven for eight hours at 1200 degrees. Finished with a glazed, underglazed, or "bisque" finish. Glazing produces a high gloss; underglaze produces a matte finish. Bisque is a matte finish without glaze. After finishing, the item is "cooked" for six hours at 800 degrees.
To qualify as "sterling" a given piece must be composed of a least 92.5% pure silver.Stoneware
White clay with fine ground stone. Working with stoneware demands great expertise, and is in fact becoming a lost art. Stoneware is safe to use in microwave and conventional ovens.