I got this gorgeous amethyst and wanted to set it into a ring. The trouble was the size and depth of the stone. I decided to carve a pair of hands gripping the girdle of the stone in their fingertips. This would allow the deep basket shape that I needed. The stone is so deep that it only just misses the finger.
First I carved a blank from some green carving wax – basically a piece of wax with a hole for the finger and a space to hold the stone.
Onto that I imagined, and drew, with a lot of checking my own crossed hands, the hands that would hold the stone, then removed whatever was not fingers. Here are some stages of the process.
After a bit of sharpening up, the wax was sent to Harald for casting.Then came filing, polishing and engraving.
Here are some pics of the final item. Click on them to enlarge.