Signet Ring

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Introduction: Signet Ring

This instructable will guide you through the steps to create your own signet ring. My end goal was to cast one out of metal myself. I do not at this time have the means or the ready cash to gain the means to acquire the tools necessary. So, I decided to do the next best thing and create one out of other materials. I am overall pleased with the final product. I am planing to design more seals with which to seal my letters. I hope you enjoy.

-MagicFAP

Step 1: Setup the Wax for Carving

I did not have good wax for carving so i decided to make a block myself. I first drew a pattern and then cut out a metal form to hold the wax. I then melted a candle into the form.

Step 2: Carve Wax

I next used a dremel tool to rough out the shapes of my design (fig 1). It worked well but was very messy. I then cleaned up the carving with an exacto knife (fig 2)

Step 3: Wooden Ring Blank

I then created a wooden ring blank. I cut a ring sized block of wood and drilled a finger hole with a 3/4th inch bit. After it was cut I used a belt sander to round out the bottom of the ring and to narrow the bottom of the ring so that it was more comfortable.

Step 4: Make a Cast of the Wax

I then used the wax to press a cast in Sculpey (http://www.sculpey.com/). I cooked the sculpey at 275 for about 20 minutes. I then used a coping saw to sqare off the design.

Step 5: Hollow Out the Ring

Then use the dremel to make a recess in the top of the ring. I cut out the outline of the square first and the cut away the middle. I used the sculpey symbol to check the depth of the recess. Once I had got the recess just right, I used hot glue to secure the symbol. I decided to use hot glue because I wanted to be able to switch out the symbol.

Step 6: Final Thoughts/ Trying It Out

Overall I'm relay happy with the product. You can see a preliminary test below. I did not have the proper wax to get the color I wanted, but the seal came out beautiful. I cant wait to start writing letters. In the future i plan to ad a small gear and to stain the wood to make it look a little older i.e. add a bit of steampunkery =]. I hope that you can get as much fun out of this project as I have. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

-MagicFAP

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    I just made a signet ring out of metal that didn't require any casting. Check it out.

    https://www.instructables.com/id/Signet-Ring-From-Nut/

    I plan to follow through with a resin cast at some point. If I finish it ill post pics.

    Would carving the symbol into resin be different from carving it in wax? (being a harder material.)

    a better wax for this might be the french wax from http://www.letterseals.com/french-sealing-wax.html

    it's a hard wax and would be more durable and less brittle then candle wax. sure, the candle wax may have worked....but this wax would work better.

    another idea would be to find the oriental seal blanks (http://www.willsquills.com.au/ChineseSealStones.html), carve your seal in the end, cut it off 1/4 to 3/8 of an in, then epoxy it into your ring. that is if epoxy has any grab on soap stone.

    My coat of arms is too detailed to make like this...

    I may have a solution for that one..

    Heat the tip of a needle on a candle flame and, using a rubber glove, use the needle to draw in the symbol. The heat of the needle tip may help to melt the wax a bit and decrease resistance..

    LMAO! I noticed that too!

     All I have to add is, invest in proper sealing wax. It's an entirely different structure, and makes opening the letters afterwards MUCH easier. Plus, there's no seepage into the paper itself. Much nicer over all. Barnes and Noble definitely has some, and a local hobby shop with a decent stationery section should have it as well.