You have a couple of choices for your situation. The first one that
comes to mind is that you could make a mold of the ring as is. As
long as you have a good mold, you can insert the stones into the
mold and inject the wax around them. As long as they are stones
which will take the heat of casting, you can then cast the stones in
place. This saves time in setting the stones later and if you had
clean work the wax should also produce clean results. If there are
any imperfections on the bezel or wax, you can touch them up in wax
If they are not stones you can cast in place, you can push them out
of the wax, slightly enlarge the seat area to allow for shrinkage and
cast. They are then ready for setting once the ring is cast.
You could shoot a wax without the stones in place. This would
require you to drill out either the wax or the metal after the ring
is cast. This may take a little longer but would still save the
integrity of the original ring. Drilling the wax is definitely
The last choice I would make, would be to cut or file the ring down
till the stones can be pushed out from the back. This means that the
bezels are now lower than they were and possibly thinner. They will
also be lower in the new mounting as well. If that is the look you
are going for great, but it will effect the first ring and all rings
If you are going to be doing production on this ring, you might want
to make another (master) just for this purpose. First, this will
give you more experience. Next, you can allow for shrinkage in the
mold process which will allow a perfect fit in the reproductions. If
you are only going to make one or two more one of the ring than one
of the other methods might be a better consideration.
Rio also has a stone in place casting article which is FREE for the
asking. Stock # 702-900.
Phillip Scott G.G.
Technical Support & Sales