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A Clever and Auspicious Year: 2020 - The Rat Zodiac’s Good Fortunes

An old legend has it that in the dawn of time the Earth grew wild with fruits, grains and riches for the taking.  But when humans became lazy and wasteful, the gods sent a messenger to retrieve all the seeds of the harvest in a sack.  The clever rat god nibbled on a sack and out fell five seeds which became the staples of East Asian food today. For this, the Chinese culture is eternally grateful to the rat and associates him with bounty and riches.

There is something to be said about those who dare to step up first.  That brave pioneering spirit—a shining beacon to lead all others… it is a quality which we know every human spirit possesses.

Leading the troupe of legendary Chinese zodiacs is the “Shŭ”—(rat, mouse or rodent).  And this year, to celebrate the dawn of a whole NEW zodiac cycle, LIULI artists are creating a collection to honor those indominable characteristics of the zodiac “Rat God.”

The courage of the pioneer and a true leader is what will define this coming year.  Never balking at challenges, the rat faces difficulty not only with determination, but with a liveliness and joy—reflecting a confidence in one’s own abilities.  For the rat understands that his courage will bring riches and fortune to those around him, and be able to share in that abundance for a promising future.

Unshakable

This auspicious and charming Year of the Rat zodiac design comes with several elements of surprise. It holds in its paws a golden coin, and is topped at the head with a miniature gold sycee (or ancient Chinese ingot). Because of its cultural association with wealth and bringing in good fortune, the vivacious zodiac rat here symbolizes bringing in ultimate luck and joy. The crystal art piece here is crafted with immaculate care to have a perfectly round base, rocking back and forth with liveliness and never falling. Collect the zodiac rat today to bring a wealth of bounty into your home or that of a dear friend.

Open to Joy

This auspicious and lively artwork of the Chinese zodiac’s Year of the Rat casts a warm and comforting glow in its wake.  The crystal glass design brings into theme the character “Xi” (喜) which is a common adornment on many Chinese doors especially in the New Year.  It appears here in the artwork, as the zodiac animal opens the door to a new year and reveals a deluge of persimmons and rich bounty.  Depth and sculptural detail are married in this charmingly symbolic and joyful art piece, bringing nothing but joy and fortune into one’s home.  Collect the Year of the Rat piece now for a promising year to come! 

An Auspicious Delivery

The zodiac rat is often associated with wealth and fortune, and that is because it is the carrier of bountiful harvests and good, healthy riches.  Our studio artists designed this crystal art piece in the honor of the legendary rat god of the Chinese zodiac.  Its scampering paws, beaming face, and a load of lush, plump grapes all symbolize forthcoming fortunes in life.  The piece is a dynamic and vivacious one, bringing attention to the LIULI artistic belief that sculpture work and acting are one and the same expression.  Collect the art piece to bring joy and good fortune into the home of a loved one today! 

My Purposeful Future 

This crystal art piece depicts the first of the Chinese zodiac animals poised confidently atop a brilliantly multicolored and richly symbolic ear of corn.  The design is endearing, and it also alludes to the cultural significance of the rat zodiac.  The rat is the first zodiac animal of the cycle, making it a natural leader and pioneer.  According to legend, it is also the animal responsible for sharing the harvest of five crucial grains with humans:  Among those grains is the corn—a vital life force of both the Old World and the New.  This little zodiac friends is not to be underestimated, for it is the bearer of riches and fortune.   With that abundance, we wish ourselves and our loved ones a promising and fortunate future.

Happiness Now and Forevermore

This meticulously crafted crystal art piece of the zodiac rat is symbolic of richness and joy.  Dancing lively in the foreground, the first of the cycle of the zodiac animals is often associates with riches and wealth.  The ancient Chinese coins in the background shoot forth like fireworks, altogether composing the shape of grass and the traditional natural riches that the rat was culturally associated with.  Bringing in bounty and fortunes is the rat’s true calling, and in the year of this lucky zodiac, we are reminded that with a happy and good heart, one is truly rich.  Collect “Happiness Now and Forever More” for the home and bring in the positive energy of the rat zodiac!

Aboard the Auspicious Ship

The first of its kind, this newly inspired design concept comes from the imagination of LIULI Living studio artists. The Year of the Rat, as the first of all twelve zodiacs, is not only known for its leadership qualities but its association with collecting and storing wealth. Our artists hope to inspire those with an affinity for this zodiac to collect luck, wealth, and rich memories always, storing them in a safe place to come back to in times of need. Aboard the Auspicious Ship, we will never be hungry or in need. 

Indomitable Hearts

Released for the 2020 Lunar New Year and inspired by the beginning of a whole new zodiac cycle, Indomitable Spirit ignites the passions of every unique zodiac personality.  The art piece sees all twelve signs converging on the cusp of a traditional harvest—the white radish.  This art piece speaks to the essence of teamwork and uniting passions, reflecting our world’s many diverse backgrounds and the human potential for change through working together.

 

Happy 2020 – Year of the Auspicious Rat

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Artist/Founder Loretta H. Yang leads a team of experienced artisans to create arts that honor the richness of cultural heritage and value.

Step No. 1: Design and sculpting

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Step 2 of the process involves coating our original clay sculpture in silicone. Layer after layer (3 to 7 layers) is fastidiously coated to produce a negative mold, a crucial step in capturing the prevision of the sculpture. Each layer must dry completely before additional layer is applied, thickness must be uniform to prevent leakage of wax. Once complete, the clay is removed to reveal a negative silicone mold.

Step No. 2: Silicone molding

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Pour molten wax into the negative silicone mold.

Step No. 3: Infusion of molten wax. Fill wax into a negative mold.

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Once wax has solidified and cooled, release the wax form by carefully peeling back the silicone mold. Like a butterfly molting, the silicon is shed to reveal a positive wax form.

Step No. 4: Shedding of silicon mold to obtain the wax form

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A careful refinement of the wax sculpture. Because every microinch and subtlety plays its own role in the grand scheme of beauty. Our artists refine the wax mold to its final perfection.

Step No. 5: Wax form refinement; removing imperfections

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The wax mold is placed on a wooden plank in a metal container and plaster is poured and solidified. Embedding wax form with fire-resistant plaster.

Step No. 6: Coating the wax sculpture with plaster to form a refractory mold

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Wax is steamed out of the plaster under high heat yielding a negative plaster mold.

Step No. 7: Removal of wax with steam—the essence of the “lost-wax” process

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Liuli ingredients are created through unique firing and processing of glass. Color and size appropriate pieces are placed within the plaster and fired.

Step No 8: Choosing color; kiln firing

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Fire and melt. Under intense heat, a new vision of transparency and clarity is born.

Step No. 9: Re-firing at 1,400 degrees Celsius

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Extreme patience and care are necessary when removing the plaster to prevent damage.

Step No. 10: Removal of plaster mold

When the art pieces emerge, our masters step in to carefully chip away the plaster mold. Like excavating fragile archaeological relics, one false move and you're left with broken shards.

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First comes die-cutting - smoothing the crystal down to the last microinch. Rough polish, removal of excess support, refinement and fine surface polish with a high-speed fabric wheel.

Step No. 11: Retouching of details; burnishing and polishing

Our artist refines and re-polishes each and every detail yet again.

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An etched number on the base of each piece indicates its limited edition and reminds us to never stop creating. After the engraving - an official LIULI artwork is born.

Step No.12: Final inspection; etching of serial number; packaging