Rings of Honor

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Wax On ...

Photograph By Andy Mahr for ESPN The Magazine

Welcome to the wax pattern. This is not the actual ring; it's a replica plaster mold that will be used to shape and form the outside of the ring. Here, the ring maker uses a knife to trim some excess. "Two team logos and then the BCS -- literally maintaining the level of detail was critical to the quality of the final product," said Lance Lifka, jewelry operations director.