Rosecut rings: split shank ring with an oval morganite, ring with a freeform oval/triangle chrysophrase, square ring with an oval sapphire. Sapphrie ring is in blue wax, the other two in turquoise wax

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.

Close up of hands showing a piece of blue wax with the outline of a stone marked on top

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)

Chrysophrase ring in turquoise wax. The ring follows the shape of the stone and is smaller on the left side and wider on the right side

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
  • 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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