I'm making a platinum and diamond engagement ring for a friend. The first wax model I sculpted snapped when I was pretty far along in the process. my second try went a lot better. it's been a few years since I've sculpted a wax model of a ring. I kinda forgot what order to do things in. I realized I needed to sculpt the seat for the diamond first, leaving the shank bulky so that it wouldn't break under the pressure needed to carve out the setting. once the stone setting was created, then I could file the ring shank down into the somewhat delicate shape you see here. suddenly, I have this strange craving for a diamond ring...weird.