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Committing to Beautiful & Healthy Oceans

LIULI x Oceana 2019

Oceana’s annual Sea Change summer party on the 7th of September was celebrated brilliantly, populated with beautiful people and art.  LIULI donated a symbolic crystal piece “Rising New Era” that demonstrate our commitment to join the force of protecting the world’s oceans. In the artwork design, the power of eight sides come together as one in the breaking dawn. Boundless energy rising, this is the beginning of a new era.

Nine fish are depicted in various formations as they swim upward as one, and the open circle in the base symbolizes the blessing of an inextinguishable life force. LIULI Crystal Art is committed to “continuously create art for the good of the heart,” and shares the vision with Oceana to protect the world’s oceans.

This year’s benefit focused on the plague of ocean plastic pollution, addressing the enormous problem of single-use plastic pollution. Guests were reminded that 90 percent of all the plastic ever made has not been recycled, and that plastic production is expected to quadruple by 2050. Plastic plagues our blue planet and there is no one who is more capable of preventing the epidemic other than ourselves.

Environmental activist and public figure Alexandra Cousteau commiserates, “I no longer recognize the seas of my youth when I dive because there is so much plastic.”  But that night, Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless led the audiences to a new hope, stating that they will “win national laws mandating major reductions in throwaway plastics.”

This year, we step forward to extend our own commitment to ocean cleanup.  We are focusing on the little things—starting from the weekly shopping bags and plastic utensils dining out.  There is just too much beauty at stake that even artists such as us immediately see.

A responsible caretaker of the world and its beauty begins with this, we believe:  reusing what we have, and revisiting the beauty that’s within us. We thank our friends at Oceana for inspiring us to “Sea Change.”

 

Oceana's SeaChange Summer Party

 

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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