Take your 4mm ring wax and a sharpie. You need to mark out a ‘D’ shape around the inner ring base that you’ll be cutting out using your knife shortly.
Essentially you’re squaring off the inside circle to a create a ‘D’ shape, to run parallel to the flat edge of the ring mould.
Although this isn’t a conventional ring shape, it looks fab and is super comfortable to wear!
The first cut
You’ll need your knife for this step. Push the blade up 4 notches, ensuring you’ve pulled down the small black lock, so the blade stays in place when applying pressure.
Follow your sharpie guidelines, gently pressing into your wax. It’s better to make smaller marks than trying to hack away in one go. Take out the 2 corners from the inner circle of your ring, creating a simple ‘D’ shape. Don’t worry if it’s a bit lumpy, we’ll tidy it up with sand paper later.
Note – please take lots of care when using the knife. It’s super sharp and requires full concentration.
Plot the rest of your design
Take your sharpie and draw the next guideline 3/4mm around your freshly cut ‘D’ shape.
This will act as the out edge of your ring. It’s better to leave this slightly chunkier than you intend you design to be. We can file, sand and refine over the next few steps.
TIme to file
Use your gold file to remove rough areas inside your ring from the cutting process.
Try your ring for size. If it needs to big a little bigger, you can resize by using the red sandpaper rolled and on the inside of your band. Sand a little bit at a time and keep trying for size so you don’t go too bit.
Shape your ‘D’ Ring
Use your red sandpaper to shape your ring up to the guideline. Take care on the curves of the ring, apply gentle pressure but don’t press too hard, we don’t want to break the wax.
You’ll see your ring starting to take shape! Keep your red paper flat to the mat and curve off any shape edges with gentle sanding motions, making sure you firmly support your design.
The straight edge of your ring can be curved off if you wish. This gives your design a softer aesthetic, but again, it’s totally up to you!
Smooth the surface
Switch your red sandpaper for the yellow. It’s time to refine the surface of your ring so it has a lovely polished shine once cast. The yellow sandpaper is a finer grain and will remove any deep grooves made from the red sandpaper.
Side thought – it’s good to remember that when we cast your design, it will be an EXACT replica of your wax. So any marks or imperfection will be translated directly onto your final jewellery piece.