Separate parts ring: ring with a square setting, ring with a hexagon setting and ring with the hexagon setting in front of it. Rings are made from blue wax, stones are cubic zirkonias0

Do you like to mix metals in your rings? Or do you like the option of a few parts that you can put together in different ways? Then this is the class for you! In this class, you learn how to make settings and rings and how to put the 2 together.

This class is perfect if you like soldering! How else are the setting and ring getting together? Jokes aside. You learn how to make rings that you can have moulded and adapt to fit different settings. Finish each ring differently and all your rings look different.

This class doesn’t cover how to set stones, only how to make the settings. A basic knowledge on stone setting is helpful to make the most out of this class.

Close up of hands burring a seat in blue wax

Techniques covered

  • Create a tapered round setting
  • Create a tapered square setting
  • Create a tapered hexagon setting
  • Make a setting using ball burrs
  • Make a setting using a saw
  • How to drop a setting into the shank
  • Create a high shoulder ring
  • Create a split shank ring

Tools and materials

Essential

  • Flat top ring wax with centre hole
  • Wax slices
  • Faceted gemstones
  • 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
  • Needle files
  • Permanent marker
  • Micro motor/foredom and ball burrs (different sizes, use what you have on hand)

Ring with a cut out at the top where a setting can go, square setting with a green cubic zirkonia that fits the cut out is in front of the ring. Ring and setting are made from blue wax

What’s included

  • 57 page PDF with photos and written instructions. You can download the PDF for easier access.
  • 6 instructional videos, around 90 minutes total
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Client brief. 1 Page outline for an animal carving project
  • Lifetime access to all the material

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Tutor

Tutor - Sandy Pfaff

Hi I’m Sandy. I learned jewellery making, including wax carving, at the school of jewellery in Dublin. After finishing my course, I taught at the school for a year and I also taught a wax carving workshop at Lucy Walker Jewellery in Kuala Lumpur.

After learning all the basics of wax carving, I practiced and experimented A LOT. Something didn’t work out the first time I tried it? No problem, just try again (and again and again…) until it does work! Practice really is the only way to get better at something :)

I made this class to help you in your wax carving journey. It’s made with love (and some exasperated sighs and curses when things don’t go like I want them to). I love wax carving and I’m excited to teach you!

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