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DIY Awl for Viking Knitting

How to Make a DIY Awl for Viking Knitting

07 Dec 17
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How to make a simple and effective DIY awl to use when you’re making a viking knit chain.

Let me know in the comments section how it works for you!

 

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How to Supercharge & Super Clean Your Tumbler

How to Supercharge & Super Clean Your Tumbler

30 Nov 17
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If your tumbler isn’t cleaning your jewelry as well as it used to, try this trick for supercharging your sparkle!

I was introduced to this trick by a lady who took a class with me in Haliburton, and I’ve used it ever since. I love the results I get!

Let me know in the comments section how it works for you!

 

Join the Members Studio, TToW’s live interactive video-based wire jewelry community, and learn how to link your head, your heart and your hands to make beautiful wire jewelry!

 

 

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How to Clean Your Tumbler with Flat Coke

09 Nov 17
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If your jewelry isn’t coming out of your tumbler as sparkly and clean as you’d like, it might be time for a deep cleaning. Here’s one way to clean your tumbler.

 

Join the Members Studio! Link your head, your heart and your hands in an interactive community of passionate wire workers. Find out more here.

 

Welcome to The Tao of Wire Members Studio - Join Today!

It’s Here! Live Classes at The Members Studio! Join Me Today!

06 Nov 17
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Announcing the launch of my new interactive online community, The Tao of Wire Members Studio!

For years, I’ve wanted to be able to teach my live classes online, but until recently the technology didn’t match what I envisioned in my mind! Thankfully, it’s now caught up, and as of today, I’m happy to be able to offer classes that you can join from the comfort of your own living room!

The TToW Members Studio is an interactive online community, where you can join other passionate wire jewellers to share and learn!

I’ve spoken and written a lot about my life as a wire artist as being on a journey, one that links my head, my heart and my hands to create beautiful jewelry. My vision with The Tao of Wire has always been to help you on your creative journey. The TToW Members Studio helps me take that to a new level, by letting us talk face to face, in real time.

I have lots of things planned for the Members Studio, beyond classes. You can read about it here.

I look forward to meeting you in the Members Studio!

 

Reflected Love Earrings Tutorial – Makes Mirror Images Easy!

26 Oct 17
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Have you ever struggled to make earrings in mirror images that match? Many wire artists have told me that they are able to do one side, but just can’t seem to get the other side look completely right. Well, this project is perfect for practising making mirror images – and it’s super easy!

The Reflected Love Earrings were inspired by Claude Monet’s Water Lilies paintings and were originally created for The Year of Jewelry Project in 2017. Earlier this year I did a Facebook Live broadcast demonstrating these earrings, and I’m happy to bring them back now in a new, more complete step-by-step video!

These earrings not only mirror each other from left to right, they match from top to bottom – and all you need to do is pay attention to one critical step!

Give this project a try today, and then share your results!

Check out the Free Library for other project tutorials, tips and videos! Then visit the Lessons Shop to find more projects and video courses. Or, join the Members Studio and get access to the full library, plus live online classes, a vibrant community of passionate wire workers, and personalized feedback when you need it.

 

 

 

My Tumbler Left Gunk on my Jewelry! 1 Minute 1 Tip on thetaoofwire.com

My Tumbler Left Gunk on my Jewelry! – 1 Min/1 Tip

12 Oct 17
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Is your jewelry coming out of the tumbler covered in sticky sludge or gunk? Here’s how to clean you jewelry.

 

Have you joined the Members Studio yet? Find out more here.

 

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Rose Ear Vine – Free Beginner Project!

28 Sep 17
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Learn how to make this Rose Ear Vine, using square wire, a 4 mm bead and simple tools!

Level of Difficulty: Beginner (Very Easy)

Total run time: 10 min 33 sec.

 

I’d love to see how your project turned out! Let me know in the comments section below!

Visit the Lessons Shop for more tutorials!

Improve your wire control on a ring mandrel - 1 minute, 1 tip video

Improve Your Wire Control on a Ring Mandrel

15 Sep 17
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If you’ve ever had trouble with trying to make coiled wire on a ring mandrel, this video will show you a 4 finger hold for maintaining wire control and avoiding springback.

Find out more about my new TToW Members Studio here

Random Tao Tuesday!

26 Apr 17
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Having a creative block? Don’t know where to start a new design?
Try some Random Tao!

Sometimes, the best way to get unstuck is to just start off in a direction – any direction – and see where it takes you. With The Mandalas of Design Tao randomizing your choices, you can let your mind go and let the Universe decide the next step on your creative journey!

Choose to spin one wheel, or spin more. Trust that you will get the right starting point for a project that you’ll end up enjoying or learning a lot from!

Join me for Random Tao Tuesday, broadcast live in the TToW Members Studio Facebook Group.

Ready to begin? Okay, first take a deep breath.

First, pick a shape:

This is the shape your design should incorporate as a main feature. It can be a stone, or a repetitive element, or whatever you choose.

 

You can stop there, or keep going. Next pick a type of jewelry:

This is the finished piece you’ll be designing.

 

Stop there, or keep going. Next pick a colour:

This is the main colour of your design. You can choose to add other colours, but this is the one you will focus on.

 

Stop there, or keep going. Next pick a colour scheme (using your main colour choice):

Learn more about colour schemes here.

 

Stop there, or choose one more. Pick who you are designing for:

 

 

Have fun, and let me know what your spin(s) gave you in the comments section below!

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My Tragic Breakage Story - Video Diary - The Tao of Wire / Dianne Karg Baron

My Tragic Breakage Story – Video Diary

20 Apr 17
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Work hardening is something you really have to watch out for when you work with wire. In this video diary, I share what happened with one of my projects when I tried to push my wire *just a little* too far.

Find out more about work hardening in “Foundation Skills: Introduction to Basic Chains”, available by clicking here.