To create a toy soldier a skilled artist must create the initial carvings or sculptures also called the masters. Masters can be created in wax, epoxy, clay, resin or wood depending on the artists choice. Very small sculpting tools are often used to create the tiny details. These tools may often be the same tools used by dentists! The toy soldier is first roughed out with attention to proportions. Details are then added.
Once the sculpting of the master is completed a mold is made. These molds are used to cast the finished toy soldiers in metal. Metals most commonly used may be lead, pewter, tin, and bronze. Once toy soldiers are cast in metal they are hand painted by skilled artisans using acrylics or enamel paints.
Being hand-made by artists the colors and shades of the collectible actual tin figurines can slightly differ from the depicted on the photo