Byers’ Choice Ltd. products are made by hand in the United States. Joyce Byers founded the company in the 1960’s using her degree in Fashion Design and passion for the classic and timeless holiday season to fuel the company success. Today, Joyce continues to design the carolers’ clothing and other various artistic features of the beloved figurines.
Each Byers’ Choice Caroler begins with a cut coat hanger which is bent to form a wire frame. Plaster is hand poured onto a table, and the coat hanger is placed in the plaster to dry. Once the plaster hardens it is coated in green paint, and the body is sculpted with tissue paper. The heads of the carolers are hand-sculpted and made into molds which clay is pressed onto. The artist will wait until the clay is dried, and remove the dry clay from the mold in order to clean up any imperfections. Once the clay dries, the head receives a coat of flesh colored paint. Each artisan brings each face to life with lifelike features, no two are exactly alike. The carolers are then dressed in their clothes and formed into a specific pose, there will never be more than 100 sets of any design making them truly a unique collectible.