Stacking Rings

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.

Photo of Process

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)

PHOTO OF FINISHED PIECE

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 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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