In the past, figures were cast from tin, everyone knows the tin soldiers. These tin figurines were also placed at the old “putz”. Even images of Santa Claus and peasants, but also animals were available. The figures for the Christmas villages were later made like the porcelain houses. Today only Department 56 still has figurines in porcelain and most of the figures are made of Polyresin.
This cold porcelain is a resin composition that is generally used for statues, figurines, and decorative furniture. It is a solid material that can be shaped in detail. Various additives can be included in the composition to improve the strength of the material and reduce the weight. Polyresin is easy in incorporating paint and others finishes. This is why many decorative pieces of this material are made. An often used form of polyresin is Alabastrit, which is also known as a polystone. It is a stone-based material, easy to mold, paint even better and has an equivalent appearance of porcelain and earthenware. “
Below a picture of a number brands figurines. Department 56 standard series, Dickensville Elfsteden series, Lemax and Luville can just be mixed as you see ..