Stacking Rings

Do you love big gemstone rings? Of course you do, who doesn’t! In this class you learn to make rings for rosecut stones. You can make a small ring. But it’s more fun to go big and bold!

This class is perfect if you like making one-off rings. Let the shape of your stone inspire the shape of the ring! Every ring will be different, that’s what keeps it fun. You learn how to make a setting for your stone in wax. And different ways of finishing a ring band.

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

  • Pierce and size a ring blank
  • Calculate wax thickness for setting wall height
  • Cut a seat for the stone
  • Clean up the inside of the setting
  • File the setting wall
  • Create a split shank
  • Create a square ring
  • Create a diagonal ring band
  • How not to remove a stone from a setting and how to fix it

Tools and materials

Essential

  • Flat top ring wax with centre hole
  • Rosecut gemstones
  • Benchpeg
  • Jewellers saw and saw blades (regular saw blades work, but skip a tooth or waxblades make piercing easier)
  • Hand files
  • Wax ring sizer
  • Ring stick
  • Callipers/vernier gauge /dixieme gauge
  • Dividers
  • Ruler
  • Scribe
  • Carving tools
  • Needle files
  • Stanley knife
  • Permanent marker
  • Beeswax
  • Micro motor/foredom and ball burrs (different sizes, use what you have on hand)

PHOTO OF FINISHED PIECE

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
  • 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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