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Snail-Mail Address:
 Sam Braswell
775 FM 967
Buda, TX 78610

Phone: 1-512-295-5544 Ask for: Video Ranch General Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  What Are Our Products Made Of?

 

  Alabastrite

  Bone China

  Porcelain

  Jade Porcelain

  Stoneware

  Patchwork

  Cubic Zircon

  Diamond

  Gold

  Gemstones

  Pearl

  Sterling Silver

  Hong Tze

  Frosted Acrylic

  Gypsum

  Dolomite

  Plumb

 

 

 

  Alabastrite

 

  Alabastrite is SMC's 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.

 

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  Bone China

 

  White 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.

 

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  Porcelain

 

  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.

 

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  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. Example: 27112. Jade Porcelain is used for night

  lights because of its high degree of translucency when lit.

 

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  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.

 

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  Patchwork Items

 

  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.

 

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  Cubic Zircon

 

  The most successful simulated diamond. Properties such as

  refraction, hardness, and specific gravity are remarkably similar to

  diamonds. Example: 27432. Cubic zirconia are very hard to

  distinguish from diamonds; sometimes a jewelers loop will be

  needed to see the difference.

 

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  Diamond

 

  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).

 

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  Gold

 

  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.

 

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  Gemstones

 

  Rubies, sapphires, emeralds and amethysts, often treasured as

  birthstones, fall under the category of gemstones. (Birthstones are

  listed in the back of your WOP catalog.) Gemstones are priced

  and graded by Carat weight.

 

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  Pearl

 

  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.

 

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  Sterling Silver

 

  To qualify as "sterling" a given piece must be composed of a least

  92.5% pure silver.

 

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  Hong Tze

 

  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.

 

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  Frosted Acrylic

 

  Acrylic items are given the French Lilac process, (used on glass),

  to achieve the distinctive frosted look. Example: 27205. The drama

  of frosted glass without the weight.

 

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  Gypsum

 

  Gypsum is a white mineral which is usually used to make Plaster

  of Paris.

 

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  Dolomite

 

  A magnesia-rich, sedimentary rock resembling limestone,

  dolomite is either gray, pink or white in color.

 

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