Stacking Rings

Do you like beads? With the massive variety in shape, size, and material there has to be a bead out there that you like. Yes, most beads are strung. But when you find that special bead that deserves to shine on its own, you might feel like making it a special bead cap!

This class is perfect if you like to make something to enhance your beads. You learn how to incorporate beads in your design. How to keep the bead moving if you want. And how to make fun freeform bead caps.

Photo of Process

Techniques covered

  • Multiple ways of creating bead caps that fit your bead perfectly. Works on any bead shape
  • Create a space for a bead to move
  • File a crown
  • Pierce pear shapes
  • Pierce and size a ring blank
  • Perfect way to reuse your scraps!
  • Have fun! Experimentation is needed here :)

Tools and materials


  • Flat top ring wax with centre hole
  • Wax slices
  • Beads
  • Benchpeg
  • Jewellers saw and saw blades (regular saw blades work, but skip a tooth or waxblades make piercing easier)
  • Hand files 0 and 2 cut
  • Wax ring sizer
  • Ring stick
  • Callipers/vernier gauge (dixieme gauge works as well)
  • Dividers
  • Ruler
  • Scribe
  • Carving tools
  • Needle files
  • Permanent marker
  • Wax pen
  • Micro motor/foredom and ball burrs (different sizes, use what you have on hand)
  • Tea light and glass/mug


What’s included

  • 53 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
  • Client brief. 1 Page outline for a bead caps project
  • 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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