Hello, I am a beginning jeweler, mostly self-taught (so far). I am
working on a few wedding band-type rings, and the problem I have is
that to get the ring sized, cut to the correct thickness and with
edges rounded nicely, it takes like 2 hours. I have experience using
a machine lathe and I would like to do the beginning steps on the
I know that Matt sells a wax lathe, that is not what I want to do. I
want to mount the Kerr or Ferris round ring tubes in the three-jaw
chuck of my metal working lathe. Obviously if I just threw it in
there it would crush it and still not get a good grip on it. I am
considering an outside or contracting collet to hold the ring blank
for sizing, then an inside or expanding collet to hold the blank for
shaping of the outside.
Is there a better way? I figure that making the collets will take
10-15 hours to do a nice job, and this time would definitely be
spent better working on waxes. I’m sure that others have thought of
doing the same thing.
Anybody out there able to help?
Also, I’m looking for options for marking on the wax for layout lines
and such. I have a paint that is designed for wax, but it does not
hold a clean line and instead peels off.