Stacking Rings

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.

Photo of Process

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

PHOTO OF FINISHED PIECE

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
  • 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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