Solitaire and fitted bands: plain ring with a round garnet centre stone and a fitted arch ring that follows the shape of the setting exactly. Same two rings with added sunburst ring that goes loosely around the setting. Ring with a pear garnet in the centre, a wishbone ring on one side and a ring with a wide arch on the other that has small garnet stones in it. Fitted rings are made from turquoise wax and solitaire rings from blue wax

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.

Close up of hands showing a blue wax ring blank with the shape of the finished ring marked on it

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

Blue wax ring with a round garnet in the middle and a turquoise wax ring that arches exactly around the setting

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
  • Client brief. 1 Page outline for a ring stack 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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