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Our Joint Effort with Oceana SeaChange to Protect Marine Biodiversity

We believe that together can makes a difference!

Proud Sponsorship for 2018 Oceana SeaChange Event

Ocean is home to most living things on our planet and plays an essential role in the world's ecosystem. LIULI Crystal Art shares the sense of responsibility in protecting the mother nature and has been supporting Oceana, the largest ocean conservation advocacy organization, since 2013 to raise awareness in preserving marine biodiversity. In 2018 SeaChange Summer Party, we donated the artwork “Across the Nine Heavens We Leap” as a token of a shared vision in continuously creating positive impact to the society and the earth with our hearts and actions. The contour of the artwork dynamically captures the movement of water waves, as well as the determination and relentless dedication of all nine Koi fish in reaching their goals. With limited edition of only 580 pieces worldwide, the artwork was part of the auction in the Gala event.

Fish Swims in Happiness, Abundance and Success 

FISH is symbolic of a continuous flow of happiness. Together in pairs, fish figurine shares the joy of life in harmonious cycle of yin and yang, which also creates a divine balance with the surrounding environment. In Eastern cultures, the fish figurine and totem are also often given as wedding gifts as an auspicious sign of fidelity, perfect unity and partnership. Among all fish species, Koi fish is one of the most beloved symbols in China. Its origin dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), a period of time regarded as the height of the Chinese imperial era, and the emperors’ family name is Lee, which has the same pronunciation as Koi fish in Mandarin Chinese--Li-Yu. Therefore, it is believed that Koi fish brings about success, great health and wealth to life. 

Water and Waves Nurture the Strength and Energy of Life 

Water springs life. Water is adaptable and humble, yet powerful and fearless in all forms. In Eastern cultures, water symbolizes fortune; therefore, in LIULI crystal artwork creation, the contour of dynamic flow of water waves and air depicts infinite and irrepressible strength. As long as we hold on to our faith, anything is possible. One of the artworks “The Absolute”, an abstract interpretation of traditional Chinese symbol Ru-yi through ocean waves, embodies dual meanings: a message of richness and gratitude found in the lives around us, as well as best wishes and brightful hopes. The symbol of water reminds us that the Earth has been nurturing all living things since the beginning of the day and will continue for many generations to come. 

LIULI Motto: To Continuously Create Art for the Good of the Heart

With a share vision of creating that which is good for the human heart, LIULI Crystal Art not only donated artwork for SeaChange Summer Party auction and fundraising event, but was also commissioned by Oceana in 2014 and 2016 to create an award for its honorees--- Hollywood legend, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy , director of Ted and two time Emmy Award winner. We are committed to the partnership with Oceana in protecting our natural habitat, and we will continue to be a responsible world citizen.

2018 Oceana SeaChange Event Photos: 

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Previous Oceana SeaChange Event:

2014 Oceana Honoree with Leonardo DiCaprio

2016 Oceana Honoree with Seth MacFarlane 

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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