Wax Carving Demo Print E-mail


This is how we sculpted a wax mold from scratch for a ring. This ring started with only a stone and an idea.


Creating a wax from scratch requires many detailed measurements. Any wrong measurement can cost hours of time. For this project we started by measuring the stone that we wished to create the ring for.


After double checking our measurements, we cut enough wax to fit the stone from a basic jewelry wax block.

Next, we sized the ring to our clients finger, and trimmed the excess wax to fit their thickness requirements.

After we trimmed down the wax, we filed it smooth and double checked to make sure it had the proper dimensions. This gave us our basic ring shape.


Next, we centered the stone. Do do this we first created a 2 x 2 grid on the top of the ring using very precise measurements so we knew where dead center was.


Next, we marked the edges of the stone and etched a box that estimated the stone size.


After we had our measurements for stone depth and size, we began to sculpt out the stone setting.



Periodically we checked to see how the stone fit and where we needed to sculpt more.


After we had our stone setting, we etched the center lines on each side of the wax mold so that while we sculpted the ring it retained symmetry.



Here we carved down each side of the ring so that the stone became the high point.



Next, we filed down the base of the ring until it attained the proper width.



After we had shaped the ring, we added the final details starting by etching the final styling into the sides of the ring. This particular design had a V split.



After marking the design identically on both sides of the ring, we cut out the split to approximate the proper shape and then used our fine detail tools to finish it.


Finally, we took some measurements of the ring to make sure it fit our design specifications. At this point we brought the customer in to the shop and and showed them the wax. They loved how it came out, but if they hadn't we would have modified the design until they were satisfied.


Here are some final views of the wax.



Here is the Finished Ring.



An Example of Antique Reproduction Print E-mail


This was an interesting case. The client came to us with an antique, intricately filigreed, three-stone engagement ring.Two of the stones had fallen out and the ring was far too fragile to repair. After discussing it with the clients, everyone agreed that we would completely remake the ring.



The first thing we did was create a basic shape, an outline of the ring to give us a starting point. Then we etched this outline into a piece of platinum.


Next, we began to work on creating the wax mold. We etched the basic shape, of the ring, into the block of wax. Then we began sculpting the three-dimensional shape of the ring into the wax. During this process, we periodically pressed a piece of clay into the wax mold. This allowed us to check the shape, to see if it was uniform and locate areas that needed more sculpting.



We also verified our progress by checking the wax against the antique ring to ensure that our design was on target.


After carving the wax mold into the proper shape, we tested out the mold with two pieces of copper. We cut the pieces of copper out to match our basic shape and used a press to push the copper into the wax mold. We then compared the two halves of the copper against the original antique ring and verified that we did have a very close shape match.



Since we had verified the wax mold was the correct shape, we could start constructing the actual ring. We created the basic shape out of two pieces of platinum and used the press to push the platinum into the wax mold.



We carved out the mounts for each of the diamonds.



Then we began the delicate filigree work that was necessary to make this reproduction ring look like the original. We kept the original ring close by to allow us regularly check our progress against the original, ensuring that the two rings were as similar as possible.


Once we completed all of the filigree work, we put our two halves together and ensured that the piece looked like we wanted it too.


After the filigree was completed and the pieces verified, it was time to join the two halves of this ring. We used a specialized jewelry torch to heat the base of the ring and solder the two halves together.


Finally, we set the diamonds into the new ring.



And we had a finished product.



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