Stacking Rings

You think making a 3d animal is going to be difficult? Think again! You can make your animal as simple, complicated, and detailed as you want. It’s going to be recognizable, as long as you keep a few design elements in mind.

This class is perfect if you want to work on your 3d carving skills. You’ll learn how to make simple but recognizable carvings. How to add detail to make it more realistic. And how to make bold decisions when it’s not looking like you want it to.

Photo of Process

Techniques covered

  • Draw simple designs on wax
  • Shaping the wax with files, burrs and carving tools
  • Hold your wax without breaking the delicate parts
  • Objectively look at your wax and see what needs work
  • Make scary changes to the wax, to make it look better
  • Decide if you want to make your carving generic or specific, simple or complex
  • Patience! It takes a long time to get a carving looking just right :)

Tools and materials


  • Wax slices/wax block
  • Benchpeg
  • Jewellers saw and saw blades (regular saw blades work, but skip a tooth or waxblades make piercing easier)
  • Hand files
  • Dividers
  • Ruler
  • Scribe
  • Carving tools
  • Needle files
  • Permanent marker
  • Micro motor/foredom and ball burrs (different sizes, use what you have on hand)


What’s included

  • 34 page PDF with photos and written instructions. You can download the PDF for easier access.
  • 4 instructional videos, around 90 minutes total
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Lifetime access to all the material

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Tutor - Sandy Pfaff

Hi I’m Sandy. I make all the waxes you see in the videos and photos. But I also write the handout, make the videos and edit them into the tutorial videos. Out of all these, wax carving is definitely my strong point.

I trained at the school of jewellery in Dublin, where I learned wax carving. After finishing my degree, I taught at the school for a year and worked at a jewellery shop as a bench jeweller/sales person.

While travelling through Asia for the past two years (pre pandemic), I took some short courses to expand my skills and rented bench space to keep making jewellery (need a recommendation of jewellery classes in Asia/bench rental? Ask me!) Personal highlight was teaching a wax carving workshop at Lucy Walker in Kuala Lumpur.

Besides my training, I’ve practiced A LOT. Add a healthy dose of stubbornness (I won’t let wax breaking defeat me!) to keep trying until I can make what I set out to make. There’s broken waxes and first attempts in my scrap wax box. I’m proud of those, because practice is the only way to get better.

This class is made with love. I love wax carving and I’m excited to teach you.

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