One of the most common questions I get when I’m meeting with a newly-engaged couple (or soon to be bride or groom) is how their ring is made? While I do use other techniques, creating a lost wax carving is by far my favorite, especially for hand-carved engagement rings. Not only is it satisfying to watch a design take shape, it means that each ring I carve is totally unique and special.
A little secret about me: I’m horrible at drawing! I’ve never liked it — I’ve always felt much more natural in working with three dimensional objects. Often, customers will ask me for a drawing, but I find creating a wax model to be much more intuitive. It also gives me (and the customer) a much better sense of the weight and mass of a piece, not to mention it allows me to better visualize how the metal will fit around the stones.