Make a signet ring

4 signet rings from blue wax: Octagon shape, pear shape, round shape and marquise shape.

You have carving experience and want to improve. Learning to carve a signet ring is a perfect way to expand your skills. You learn all about precision. But also how to let go and have fun with your signet shape.

So, what are some of the skills you learn in this class?


The beauty of a signet ring is in its perfectly flat top. It doesn’t matter how you plan to finish your ring: engrave it, set a stone, leave it as is, or something else. Even if you’re going to texture it so heavily that it doesn’t remain flat, you want to start with the top flat and at a 90° angle to the side of the ring.

Close up of hands holding a blue wax ring against a set square. There are some gaps visible between the ring and the arm of the set square so the top of the ring is not flat yet

Wondering how you manage to do that? You can learn it in this class! All you need is a set square, a file, and some patience.


Big signet rings look great, but they can be heavy and uncomfortable to wear. A good way to make them easier to wear is by tapering the ring. You keep all the volume at the top of the ring. But by gradually making the ring thinner at the back, it becomes lighter, more comfortable, easier to put on and take off. It makes the ring more wearable!

Close up of hands holding a blue wax ring. The top side of the ring is tapered, the bottom side is still flat.

And tapers aren’t just for signet rings, it’s a great technique to know and use for all big rings! Learn how to file a taper now and use it on all your big rings going forward.

Follow the shape

Don’t like such a precise and flat taper? Prefer curves over flat surfaces? Of course that’s possible as well! After you taper the ring you can curve the surface.

Close up of hands working at the bench filing a curve on the outside of the ring shank

Really, you can shape the ring shank any way you like. But I do believe that the shape of the signet tells you how to shape the shank.

A rounded shape looks nice with a curved shank.

Round signet ring from blue wax. You can see that the shank is curved

An angular shape looks good with an angular shank

Octagon signet ring from blue wax. You can see that the shank is all angles

And a marquise shape looks perfect with a knife edge!

Marquise signet ring from blue wax. You can see that the shank is filed to a knife edge

You can learn all these ring shapes and finishes here.

Small and fun

I didn’t always love signet rings. It wasn’t until I saw someone carve the tiniest heart shaped signet ring that I came around to them.

I realized signet rings don’t have to be big and attention grabbing. They can be small and cute!

Yes, make your signet ring smaller! Yes, try a different shape! Get as creative as you can, have fun and see what you end up with.

Close up of hands holding a blue wax signet ring, the signet is shaped to a crescent moon shape

Of all the sample rings for this class, moon definitely ended up being my favourite!

Check the symmetry

There are so many angles to consider to make sure your ring ends up symmetrical.

In the beginning you can use a set square to check your 90° angles and you can mark as many centre lines with your dividers as you like. But once you start shaping your ring, it becomes harder to use tools to check how symmetrical your ring is.

You just have to trust your eyes.

Close up of hands holding a blue wax ring that is still in process. Looking at the ring you can see that the left and the right side are not similar

Take your time to really look at your ring and see if it is symmetrical or not. The earlier you start doing this, the easier it is to correct any unevenness. And really look from all possible angles. Just because it’s symmetrical at the front doesn’t mean it’s also symmetrical at the sides!

In short

You learn how to make some classic signet rings and how to make some fun ones!

Feel inspired to learn all this? You can buy the signet ring class now!