Rings: ring with a triangle/elongated diamond pattern filed in, ring with 3 rows of holes burred in, ring with interlocking circles. ALl made from green wax

Do you like big ring bands? Me too! So much space for a repeating pattern. Simple, complicated, big, small, it’s up to you.

This class is perfect if you like patterns. You’ll learn different ways of measuring equal distances for a continuous pattern, how to mark your pattern on the wax and different ways of creating a pattern.

Close up of hands burring in a green wax ring

Techniques covered

  • Piercing a ring blank
  • Sizing the ring
  • Filing parallel and how to measure this
  • Finding the centre line
  • 2 different ways of measuring equal distance for a continuous pattern
  • Marking your pattern on the ring
  • How to drill to make sure everything is equal distance apart
  • Clean up of back holes
  • File overlapping circles
  • Look at your ring as a whole and not every separate part (this is more a mindset than a technique, but very useful)

Tools and materials

Essential

  • Round ring wax tube with centre hole
  • 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 (0 cut to do the major work and 2 cut to give it a clean finish). If you have different cuts in your hand files, they’ll do the job just as well. It just takes a bit longer or shorter depending on the cut you have.
  • Wax ring sizer
  • Ring stick
  • Callipers/vernier gauge (dixieme gauge works as well)
  • Dividers
  • Ruler
  • Scribe
  • Needle files
  • Wax carving tools
  • Micro motor/foredom and ball burrs (different sizes, use what you have on hand)
  • Permanent marker

Optional

  • Wax file (you still need your cut 2 hand file to give your wax a clean finish)
  • Wax pen

Green wax ring, you can see the scalloped edges of the ring from this angle and some holes

What’s included

  • 32 page PDF with photos and written instructions. You can download the PDF for easier access.
  • 4 instructional videos, around 1.5 hours
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Client brief. 1 Page outline for a ring 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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