As the saying goes: "It is better to make ten yuan than one side", which shows the difficulty of the craftsmanship of the hexagonal silver pot. It takes deep skills to grasp the essence of square utensils. A hand-made silver pot can be said to be the best tea utensil. It combines cleanliness and nobility in one, and it is naturally dazzling on the tea table. An excellent silver pot must be beautiful in shape, smooth in water flow, and sharp when water is cut off. This is very demanding for silver pot craftsmen. It is necessary to observe the material, shape, function, user's feeling and aesthetic taste, and dedicate his life to cultivation. With technology, with a few pieces of silver, after tens of thousands of beatings, the heart and the hand become one.
Today, Tongxinshe Teahouse recommends a "Liufang Palace Lantern Sterling Silver Teapot" with a capacity of 170ml/150g (reference value). The body of the pot is carved with loquat and Qi Baishi. The mantis is not only a symbol of bravery and unrestrainedness in ancient times, but also a heap of gold and jade. The beautiful meaning of the promenade is all hand-forged using the ancient method of sterling silver. By using the basic techniques of hand-made tires such as "cuddle, pier, flash and light", the shape of the base materials such as blocks and strips can be changed to complete the exquisite shape. First, the silver ingot is melted and pressed into a uniform thickness according to the pot shape design. The round silver flakes are repeatedly beaten and quenched and softened, so that the silver flakes are gathered from the periphery to the middle, and finally a cylindrical shape with a bottom is formed. During this period, it needs to go through countless tempering and adjustments until the embryo is formed, in order to complete various exquisite shapes, the transformation from a silver piece to a silver pot, after thousands of hammers, how many times of tempering and adjustment are required in the middle. , until it takes shape, it is unimaginable. The spout part is particularly difficult to handle. While it is round and natural, it must also be in harmony with the proportion of the body of the pot, and the connection should be just right. During the process, the hammer needs to be replaced, and the formed spout should be tapped from the outside to the inside. After the embryo of the pot body is finished, it is necessary to change the hammer again and again, beat it, and shape it. After the step of trimming the pot shape, the uneven silver pot body can become clean and bright.
The hexagonal palace lantern teapot also uses the chisel engraving process. After fixing the silverware on the plastic plate, it is repeatedly beaten on both sides of the workpiece with a hammer and a chisel, so that the surface of the silverware has a three-dimensional pattern in relief.
Note: Chiseling refers to the main decorative techniques of silverware on the surface of silver, mainly by hooking, lifting, squeezing, pressing, leaning, picking, silking, pinching, stripping and other techniques to make the pattern clear and well-proportioned.
By constantly beating the chisel with a hammer at an appropriate weight, the carefully designed loquat and mantis patterns are depicted on the silver surface after the fire has been fired. The light and shade are clear and more artistic. The whole process is done in one go. If the radian is not well controlled once, all previous efforts will be lost. Then make the pot lid, pot handle, and pick button according to the size, and then assemble and place them to achieve the effect of overall coordination, full of beauty, practicality and beauty. Sculpted welded components and decorative materials are pieced together to form a whole. In this process, if there is a link that does not match, it has to be processed in detail.