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Mythical Creature Figurines at LIULI Crystal Art


Mythical Creature Exhibition From Liuli Crystal Art

Mythical Creatures

Dragon

Phoenix

Qilin

Foo Dog

Mythical Creature Figurines and Glass Art Sculptures

Mythical creature figurines remind us of the limitless potential of magic. Those at LIULI Crystal Art include the dragon, foo dog, qilin, tortoise, and phoenix.

One of the earliest figures known to have arisen within Chinese mythology is the snake, lauded by the Xia who reigned from 2000 to 15000 BCE. They are considered to be the first recorded dynasty in China’s history. Where they ruled, at the Yellow River basin, a turquoise dragon and other relics have been discovered. It is thought to be the first known representation of a Chinese dragon, which has come to symbolize protection and blessings. Certain Chinese mythological creatures can also be linked to elements such as water or fire.

Mythical Creature Figurines at LIULI Crystal Art

Crystal art at LIULI often takes on different shapes and forms, some sinuous and curvy, while others are more refined and smooth, or more perfectly shaped like a circle, oval, or square.

Liuli art has existed in China for thousands of years. Those at LIULI Crystal Art are breathing new life into this creative form, crafting captivating and incomparable pieces inextricably fused with Chinese culture. Imbue a room, space, or living area with your favorite character or figures from Chinese mythology. These colorful, striking pieces are a harmonious way of commemorating the richness and intrigue of Chinese history while bringing the beauty of that culture into the future, where it can be cherished and passed down for generations.

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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