Stacking Rings

Do you love gemstone rings? Of course you do, who doesn’t! In this class you learn to make solitaire rings for faceted gemstones and fitted ring bands to go around the solitaire. Create your ultimate ring stack or wear them solo. The possibilities are endless.

This class is perfect if you want to make a ring with a setting from one piece. No more soldering! After you make your solitaire ring, you learn different ways of creating fitted rings to stack. Perfect fit or loose, the fitted bands look good enough to wear on their own as well.

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
  • Filing parallel and how to measure this
  • Calculate wax thickness for your stone
  • Draw the outline of your stone on wax
  • Cut a seat for your stone
  • File the setting walls
  • Shape the solitaire ring
  • Make a fitted band that follows around the shape of your solitaire ring exactly
  • Make a wishbone ring
  • Make loosely fitted rings that you can stack with different solitaire rings

Tools and materials

Essential

  • Flat top ring wax with centre hole and round ring wax tube with centre hole
  • Faceted 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
  • Dividers
  • Ruler
  • Scribe
  • Beeswax
  • Needle files
  • Rollerball pen/gel pen
  • Micro motor/foredom and ball burrs (different sizes, use what you have on hand)

Optional

  • Carving tools
  • Permanent marker
  • Set square
  • Scalpel

PHOTO OF FINISHED PIECE

What’s included

  • 53 page PDF with photos and written instructions. You can download the PDF for easier access.
  • 6 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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