Thanks to all who responded to my question about pricing of
wax carving and rendering. I have another related question that
I need help with. That is, what would be considered complex in
terms of wax carving? I know this is somewhat subjective based
on skill level. Would, for example, cutting seats for channel
setting or bead setting in a ring be considered complex?
You would probably carve just the channel or drill holes where
the stones will be set, the setting will be done in the metal
casting, anyway. If you have ever worked will a really good
diamond setter, you will know that they want every tolerance
correct for the size of the stones that they are setting. Doing
too little or too much makes the setting job more difficult.
Diamond setters usually don’t have a wide range of jewelry
skills, some don’t even solder, they specialize in setting.
Richard D. Hamilton
Fabricated 14k, 18k, and platinum Jewelry
wax carving, modelmaking, jewelry photography