Plan your design
You’ll need an 8mm ring wax and your sharpie. Draw out a simple asymmetric shape, to begin with. We’ll be adding more detail as we go.
Note – if you need a wax top up, head over to our refill page! We’ll get your new waxes out to you the very next day so you can keep on making and having loads fun with your kit.
Time to sand
The red sandpaper is your best friend! Lay your sandpaper flat on your cutting mat or magazine. Use this to shape your ring to your black guideline. Sandpaper is a really nifty tool for taking away larger chunks of wax in a controlled way. Sand all the way around the band so it will be comfortable to wear.
Carving the ‘quartz’ detail
Now for the fun part. You’ll need to use your knife and a steady hand. Now we’ve taken away the large chunks of wax, we can add the ‘quartz’ shape.
Use the knife towards you, holding your ring steady in one hand, then making long smooth marks towards you along the sanded edges with the knife. The idea is to create a multi-angled crystal shape that’s going to look fab once cast in silver.
Side thought – Don’t get hung up this design looking ‘perfect’. We take a much looser approach to designing jewellery, there really is no right or wrong way. That’s all part of the fun!
Once you’ve carved into your design, take a good look at it, checking whether you need to add more angles. The beauty of this ring design is its simplicity.
Looking great already!
You have a couple of options here. Your red sandpaper will add a grainy texture which works really well with this geological vibe. Or your yellow sandpaper for a more polished refined look.
Lay your sandpaper of choice flat on your cutting mat, dragging your ring design careful across the flat sandpaper, keeping the detail angles and shape intact.
Alternatively, you don’t have to sand at all. You can keep the clean lines from using your knife to carve away, which also looks great once cast and polished!