DIY Engagement Ring: Carving a Piece of Wax Into a Lifetime of Happiness

Craft & Design
DIY Engagement Ring: Carving a Piece of Wax Into a Lifetime of Happiness

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This beautiful work of art was created by a guy named Davos that crafted it by hand for his girlfriend. He wanted to generate an engagement story that could be passed down through the generations. Instead of just going out and buying a standard ring, he decided to make his own.

Since both Davos and his significant other shared an interest in the outdoors, a rose design was chosen. The idea started to form. Material was then acquired.

It all began with a piece of Matt wax which is normally used for filing and sawing. Davos carved out the repeating floral pattern into the wax with each stroke symbolizing an act of sincere affection.

At first, the creation process had to be hid away from Davos’s girlfriend. This was done by keeping all the tools in a box that could be packed up and stored in a moment’s notice. Davos even had to “steal” or borrow one of his girlfriend’s other rings to figure out her ring size.


The sculpting took approximately 40 hours to complete. Most of the work was done looking through a magnifying glass in order to properly carve out the details. The results are remarkable.


Once the design was finished, the item was then taken to a jeweler who then duplicated the ring through a process called lost-wax casting. This involves the jeweler making a cast of the ring by pouring wax around it and casts the gold from that. After the cast, a tourmaline gemstone was added to allow the ring to really stand out – you know, because diamonds can be so boring!.

The box was even handmade. It was cut from wood with a scrollsaw. A variety of colorful landscapes were painted onto the sides including a green forest, a field of wheat, and a sunny ocean view. Padding was added to the inside to hold the ring – which was packaged together nicely.


After all that work and walk in the park later, Davos popped the question; and of course she said…yes!

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