Trouble is, you can't afford a fancy designer ring, and the ones you can afford are mass produced, studded with conflict diamonds, and polished in a sweatshop for your consumer pleasure. None of which attributes are terribly appropriate for lasting symbols of affection. Probably right up there with a flaming bag of poo.
So what's a young rogue to do? When in doubt grab a book, preferably one on wax jewelry making.. you'll need it.
This instructable will show you how to make a unique, but classic, three stone diamond and garnet ring using the "lost wax" process, and 100% conflict free stones.
Now, I'm not a jeweler, far from it, I'm actually a filmmaker (film reel http://www.abbeygateway.co.uk ), so if I can do this, anyone should be able to.
I'll be showing you the steps I took, the books I referenced, and all the tools I bought/used. I'm not claiming that I'm showing the 'correct' way to do this just the way I did it.
Please forgive the general crappyness of the photos, I own the world's suckiest point and click camera... go figure.
Step 1: Supplies
So, I know the thing most of you want to know is "How much does a project like this cost from scratch to finish?" Well if I said the average wage of an American is $30,000 then this project cost less than a months wage.
I make significantly less than average so it was a good deal more than a months wage for me... I know, I know, you can hear someone playing the world's smallest violin.
Any ways, supplies. Here's a list of the tools I bought. You probably don't need all of this stuff, but I didn't really feel like going half-arsed on this one, so I bought the right tools for the job.
The two suppliers I used were http://www.contenti.com and http://www.fdjtool.com
Modeling in Wax for Jewelry and Sculpture, Lawrence Kallenberg
Jewelry Wax Modeling, Adolfo Mattiello
Work bench (made from some free wood from ikea),
Measuring and Marking:
3" Scribing Dividers
Jewlers saw frame
Saw blades 1/0, 2/0, 3/0
Fine spiral saw blades
Wax needle file set
Standard needle file set
Large flat wax file
Double ended half circular wax file
Fine round needle file
Spiral Drill or Pin Vise
Drill bits, 0.8mm, 1mm, 1.3mm, 1.7mm
Fine wax detaliers
Wax carving tools
Alcohol Lamp and denatured alcohol as fuel.
Cordless wax pen
Ring tube sizer
Wax detail burs
Wolf Tools wax trimmer
Cylinder bur 11.1mm
Wax wire assortment
Wax tablet assortment
Wax ring tube assortment