Below are a few pictures of the wax model of the ring in process. The ring has been cast in silver and the green wax no longer exists, because it melts away in the casting process, but I don't want to show the finished piece until the bishop's consecration, which is this weekend. We sadly did not get pictures of the crucifix in process, but I'll show it in silver some time next week with the ring.
I started with a block of jewelers carving wax. I chose this green wax because although it is hard and brittle and can be more difficult to carve than some other jewelers wax it makes a beautifully crisp, clean design. It's great for perfectionists!
Then I roughed out a basic signet ring shape.
I don't know what I'd do without my flex shaft machine. It's kind of like a dentist's drill that I use to carve and file. And yes, I am kind of a perfectionist about what I make, but I am a messy worker, getting wax particles everywhere.
The blank signet area is just about ready to be carved.
The finished wax, pictured against my pencil drawings, is ready to go to the caster.
Next week, I'll share pictures of the silver pieces and talk about their symbolism and my personal experience in making it.