Signet ring: big octagon signet ring, thin marquise signet ring, big round signet ring. All from blue wax

Another classic ring to make in wax. Wax makes it easy to file your ring perfectly into that flat top. And getting the top perfectly flat? That’s just patience and practice.

This class is perfect if you want to make a classic ring. Or make a modern version of the classic! Signet rings come in many shapes and sizes.

Close up of hands filing a piece of blue wax

Techniques covered

  • Pierce and size a ring blank
  • Filing parallel and how to measure this
  • Use a set square to get 90-degree angles
  • File a tapered ring band
  • Create different shaped signets
  • Create different shaped ring bands to match the top of your ring
  • File and blend the top of the ring smoothly into the ring band
  • Check your work for symmetry and evenness from all angles

Tools and materials

Essential

  • Flat top ring wax 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
  • Set square
  • needle files
  • Permanent marker
  • Dentist scalpel

Optional

Carving tools

Round signet ring in blue wax, the ring shank is slightly rounded

What’s included

  • 47 page PDF with photos and written instructions. You can download the PDF for easier access.
  • 5 instructional videos, around 100 minutes total
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Client brief. 1 Page outline for a signet 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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