The concept of these pieces is based on the idea of something big and light and small and heavy. I feel the laughter is big and light because it is such a necessary part of life and can have such an enormous impact, but still its a light subject, something that many people take for granted, something that one rarely has to think about. For this idea I created the T-Rex ring. Lets face it, the T-rex is hilarious. Big giant scary animal with tiny arms that can barely serve any purpose. i cast this ring in three pieces. The arms were cast separately and then riveted on so that they can move. I created this hat by casting resin in an oomoo mold that I made. The arms hold the hat on.
Laughter is also small and heavy because even the smallest thing could completely change ones mood or the course of ones day. For this, I created the necklace. At first it appears to be just a standard turquoise pendent necklace, but when you turn it over it is a cameo of a T-rex. I created this piece with many different techniques. For the cameo I traced the shape of the turquoise and scanned it. I imported the scan into Rhino to create the general shape of the cameo. I then imported that CAD model into clay tools. I had edited a photo of a toy T-rex and embossed that image onto the cameo. I then milled the cameo in wax. I then made and oomoo mold of the wax and cast the resin cameo that I used. I them made a double sided bezel out of sterling silver for the turquoise and the cameo. Finally I braided leather with a silver chain and created silver end caps for the leather and a silver s-hook clasp.