The Piston Keychain
OVER A YEAR IN THE MAKING
When we had a chance to buy a piston from a 2000 year Ferrari F1 car, we knew it was perfect for the project. We scanned it, miniaturized it and got to work!
Made in LA, the cast silver piston is free to move on the forged carbon con rod, thanks to an innovative piece of laser welding. The split ring rotates through a turned silver "rod bearing" that is forged into the carbon during the molding process.
This is a remarkably labor-intensive project, resulting in an unexpectedly subtle final product with intimate details that you will enjoy studying.
- MINIATURE OF A 2000 SEASON FERRARI F1 PISTON ASSEMBLY
- MADE IN LA
- CON ROD MOLD REQUIRES 79 HOURS OF MACHINING FOR CLASS A SURFACE FINISH
- ROD BEARING FROM TURNED SILVER
- CARBON CON ROD SHAPE IS FORGED AROUND THE SILVER ROD BEARING, CAPTURING IT
- PISTON HEAD IS WAX PRINTED THEN CAST IN SILVER
- PISTON PIN IS SILVER AND IS LASER WELDED THROUGH THE CON ROD, LEAVING THE PISTON FREE TO ROTATE