Stacking Rings: court shaped ring from turquoise wax, knife edge ring and flat ring from blue wax

What could be better than learning how to make your own ring? Learning how to make multiple different rings! In this class you’ll learn to file three different ring profiles that you can use in all your future ring designs.

This is a perfect class to start with if you’re new to wax carving. You’ll learn essential filing techniques that you can apply on all your wax carvings going forward. Best of all, these techniques are transferable to metal!

There’s also space to experiment with different textures and finishes on the rings. Popular techniques and personal favourites are demonstrated, but you should take your time here to try everything you can think off and use what you like best.

A brief introduction to the casting process is provided. I’m not a caster, so the introduction only covers things that are important to know when you are making your wax pieces.

close up of hands sizing a blue wax ring

Techniques covered

  • Piercing a ring blank
  • Sizing the ring
  • Filing parallel and how to measure this
  • Filing flat and how to check this
  • Filing and using a chamfer
  • Filing different ring profiles: flat, court and knife edge
  • Filing a comfort fit
  • Texturing and patterning the wax
  • Fix breakages with a wax pen
  • Clean up castings
  • Calculate wax to metal weight difference and price

Tools and materials

Essential

  • Round ring wax tube 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
  • Half round needle file (I have a cut 2, but use what you have on hand)
  • Permanent marker

Optional

  • Wax file (you still need your cut 2 hand file to give your wax a clean finish)
  • Needle files, burrs, wax pen anything really that you can use to texture and finish the ring
  • Small unit scales

3 wax rings stacked on top of each other, blue flat ring, turquoise court ring and blue knife edge ring

What’s included

  • 24 page PDF with photos and written instructions. You can download the PDF for easier access.
  • 4 instructional videos, around 1 hour 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 - 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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