The Lava Ring

  • Casting Type The Classic
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Time 1 hour

As always, this piece is inspired by one of your glorious creations.

You can tailor this design by reducing the size of the disc, or simply using the step by step process to attach any shape or textured design to your ring based… So many beautiful possibilities!

Step 1

Getting started

First up, you’ll need a 4mm ring wax and a sharpie. We always recommend drawing on guidelines before getting started. It’s a super helpful way of sticking to your design. 

Your guideline will need to be 2-3mm from the centre of the ring (pictured below), with a flattened top. We’ll be attaching the lava detail to this flattened area later on.

Step 2

Time to sand

You’ll need your red sandpaper for this step. Lay it flat on a magazine or your CAST cutting mat, holding secure with one hand. Take your wax in the other hand and sand to your guideline.

It takes a little time (bear with it, it will be worth it!) but sanding is a great way of shaping your wax in a controlled way.

Step 3

Shaping up

As you sand to your guideline, you’ll start to see your ring base taking shape. It should look like the wax ring below.

Step 4

Refine

The red sandpaper will have left a rough texture on your ring base, you could choose to leave it textured or refine the surface with your gold file. This will achieve a shiny surface once cast in silver.

Step 5

Prepping your lava disc

Take your circle wax shape, this will form the base of the lava disc but you’ll need to slim it down slightly. It’s always worth bearing in mind, especially when creating chunkier pieces that the weight will increase once cast in silver (or any other metal)

Red sandpaper time! You’ll need to lay the circle flat on your sandpaper and move in a circular motion. This will reduce the depth and in turn the weight, making your lava ring much more comfortable to wear. 

Stop sanding when you reach 2-3mm.

Step 6

Heating your tools

As we prepare to add some lovely lava texture, you’ll need your spoon tool and a tealight. You can create amazing textures and detail in the wax by heating your tools.

Be super careful with this step. Hold your tool a safe distance down the stem and then hover the ‘spoon’ area in the flame for a few seconds. It will turn black, but don’t worry about his, it will easily wipe clean.

Step 7

Adding Lava texture

Now your tool it heated up, start pressing it gently into the surface of your wax circle. You’ll see how easily the wax melts so take care to start off gently. Add more and more texture by reheating the spoon and pressing into the wax surface.

You’ll start to see your lava-like texture develop! Don’t worry if you find stringy piece of wax on your design, we’ll tidy them up in the next step.

Step 8

Tweezer time!

If you’ve got some tweezer, they will make this step much easier…

Step 9

Flashing the wax

Hold your circle wax firmly with your tweezers, with the lava texture facing downwards. The idea here is flashing the texture through the flame very quickly, this will remove any unsightly, stringy pieces but make sure you’re quick! If you hold the wax in the flame, you’ll risk loose the shape.

For more guidance on this step, watch our quick tutorial, here.

Step 10

Fixing your design together

For this step, you’ll need your lava circle, your ring based and your bar wax. Lay your circle, texture facing down, and have your ring base handy.

The plan here if to heat up the bar wax, using a small amount of liquid wax to essentially glue the two pieces together.

Step 11

Heating the bar

Once your bar wax starts to melt in the flame, drop small amounts onto the back of your disc. Then quickly place your ring base in place, with the flatten edge facing down.

Step 12

Hold in place

Firmly hold the ring base in place. You can keep adding melted wax to fix your pieces together firmly. 

Step 13

Looking good!

Don’t worry if the back of your ring looks a bit blobby! You won’t be able to see this whilst you’re wearing it, but we can also tidy it up using your gold file in the last step.

Step 14

Final touches

Use your gold file to tidy up any unsightly areas and you’re almost good to go!

Step 15

Submit your ring

The final step is to submit your creation for casting! You can choose to cast in solid silver, add gold plating, diamonds, engraving… whatever you wish!

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