How to make: Oval Ring

how to make this gold oval ring

We asked our Instagram followers, out of four options, which incredible ring would you like to see remade, step by step. And here we have it, the oval ring.

This beautiful gold design was first created by one of our amazing CAST creators at an event. It was made in two parts; a basic band ring, and then the oval feature. Both were made separately and then stuck together using a candle and some melted wax. So simple, yet stunning and unique.

Here is how it is done…

before we begin

the idea

We are going to create two elements here, and once complete we are going to attach them using melted wax from a spare piece of wax. This can be a tricky thing to achieve, so I’d recommend practising beforehand.

The creative part is what to do with the top of the ring. By heating a tool over a candle light, I can gently press into the wax to create different elevations and levels within the texture (just as in the finished example). Polished, this will look incredible.

the plan

Once again, the same principles apply to this creation. We are using sandpaper for 90% of the job to take off the wax in a more controlled way. This allows us to more easily keep a consistently round band and oval for the pendant.

We are going to create two elements for this ring the band and the pendant. Here is what it should look like complete.

The first stage is to create a basic band ring. This can be as chunky or as thin as you’d like so that it feels comfortable.

Secondly, we need to create the pendant that will be attached to the top of the ring. Using a circular wax piece, we can shape, thin and texture the surface.

step 1

the basic band ring

Starting with a simple 4mm band, we’re going to sand the flat top down so that the thickness at the top is the same as the rest of the band.

Next, we need to round out the rest of the ring so that it is a uniform circle. Once we get to this stage, we can thin the band down as much as you’d like on both axes.

TOP TIP: Try not to apply too much pressure to the sandpaper when the band is less than 2mm thick as it may cause the wax to break. A safe way to sand is by holding the sandpaper in one hand, and the wax in the other

TOP TIP: When thinning the band, try to rotate the wax as you sand to follow the natural shape of the ring. This will help you maintain the uniform shape all the way around.

step 2

the oval pendant

The next stage is to create the oval pendant that we will attach to the band. Using a black marker pen or Sharpie, we can mark a guide on the circular wax piece. Then, using the red sandpaper, sand back to an oval shape.

step 3

flat top

In order to prepare to attach these two components together, we must create a flat surface on the band ring. To do this, just simply sand the area you’d like to attach the pendant to with the sandpaper flat on the table.

step 4

The Texture

You can texture the top of the pendant however you like. For our example, I am using heat ???? and a steel shaping tool to melt in a texture. Hold the tool over the candle for around 10 seconds so that it is hot. The hotter the tool, the more it will melt into the wax allowing us to create the different wax depths as seen in our example.

step 5

Attaching the Wax

Prologue –

The most important step, but don’t worry, it’s simple enough with some practice.

To bind the ring and the oval pendant together, we need to use a spare piece of wax to ‘weld’ them. It is a good idea to practice a few times on a spare wax.

The How –

Heat a piece of spare wax under a candle for 10-15 seconds. It should be hot enough that the wax is starting to drip. (Be careful not to get any on you – it’s really hot).

Drip a small blob of melted wax on to the flat surface of the band. The blob should be at least 2-3mm wide. Once ‘blobbed on’, you only have around 3-4 seconds before it sets.

Quickly attach the band and the oval pendant together and hold together whilst the melted wax fully sets. This usually takes around 15 seconds. Done.

step 6

Cleaning the Weld

Finally, we can clean the excess wax from the ‘blob’ once it has fully set. To do this, simply re-heat a steel tool, and using the side, smooth the wax down to the surface. You can then finish this with the gold file tool, being careful not to break the weld.

All done! Although the welding part can be a little tricky, with some practice, it quickly becomes second nature. Of course, you can go complete off-piste with how to texture the ring and the top. As ever, the possibilities are limitless.

We can’t wait to see what you make.

my ring

The Final Product

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