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Spin the Mandalas of Design Tao!

26 Apr 17
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Having a creative block? Don’t know where to start a new design?
Give the Mandalas of Design Tao a spin!

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!

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.

 

 

Why You Should (Almost) Never Work off the Coil - The Tao of Wire

Why You Should (Almost) Never Work Off the Coil

04 Apr 17
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Beginner wire workers are often told that it’s okay to work directly off your coil or spool. That’s a bad piece of advice, and in this video, I explain why.

If you want to find out more about “Foundation Skills: Introduction to Basic Chains”, it’s available now from the Lessons Shop. Click here.

 

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Foundation Skills: Introduction to Basic Chains – Now Available!

15 Mar 17
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I’m pleased to announce that the next module in the “Foundation Skills” course is now available!

This course carries on from where “Introduction to Wire Jewelry” left off, and features 4 projects (and an exclusive video course only “bonus project”), a work hardening exercise, and tips and tricks for helping you streamline your production flow.

From the course outline:

“Hone your skills working with square wire and basic tools as you learn to make handcrafted cold-joined chains. You’ll learn tricks for speeding up your production. You’ll also learn to spot potential “Sweater Test” problems, and how to ensure your chains are the highest quality you can make. Finally, you’ll make four projects – the Basic Chain, the “Criss Cross” Figure 8 chain, a secure Hook & Eye, and a Butterfly Connector.”

Available now from the Lessons Shop!

Foundation Skills: Introduction to Basic Chains by Dianne Karg Baron, The Tao of Wire, an online video course for beginner wire jewelry

Spotted on Pinterest: Jewelry Made from my Tutorials - Dianne Karg Baron, The Tao of Wire, Illusion Prong Ring

Spotted: On Pinterest

13 Mar 17
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I was prowling around on Pinterest and discovered this photo uploaded by Robyn Andersen of an Illusion Prong Ring she’d made following my tutorial!

She’s done an outstanding job on this piece – the lines are wonderful, and the workmanship is very fine!

Spotted on Pinterest: Jewelry Made from my Tutorials - Dianne Karg Baron, The Tao of Wire, Illusion Prong Ring

 

I would love to see  photos of the pieces YOU’VE made from my tutorials! Send me your photo(s) at dpk at dianne karg baron dot com! I’ll be happy to brag about your success and feature your work! See more Students’ Gallery photos here.

 

 

Help! I can't find 1/4" masking tape

Help! I can’t find 1/4″ Masking Tape! – One Min./One Tip

25 Nov 16
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In a lot of my videos and tutorials, I recommend using 1/4″ masking tape. I discovered that it’s becoming hard to find, so here are some substitutes.

 

Check out the other One Min./One Tip videos here.

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Spotted: On My Head

18 Aug 16
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Video Diary: Camping with Wire

29 Jul 16
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My family and I love going camping! I still like to be able to bring along some wire projects to work on, but don’t have a lot of space to bring my full kit of tools and wire, so here’s the solution I came up with for travelling light.

Click here for the box I use. Also available as singles.

Foundation Skills: Introduction to Wire Jewelry - Course 1 - The Tao of Wire

Free Course – Foundation Skills: Introduction to Wire Jewelry launches June 29, 2016!

17 Jun 16
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After months of preparation, I’m happy to announce that Foundations Skills: Introduction to Wire Jewelry is now available!!

Episodes 1 to 5 have been on free preview in the Video Library for the past few months.

Now, this free video course is available in its full version!

Register now to start your creative journey!

Foundation Skills: Introduction to Wire Jewelry introduces you to the tools, metals and types of wire you’ll need to start working on your projects. It is intended for beginners, but will also be a good refresher for people who are familiar with wire jewelry.

Topics covered in this course include:

The Sweater Test
Tools Part 1: The 8 Essential Tools
Tools Part 2: More Useful Tools
All About Wire Part 1: Metals
All About Wire Part 2: Shapes, Gauges, Tempers
How to Straighten Wire – 3 Methods
5 Tips for Minimizing Body Strain
Introduction to Square Wire

The course also includes two project videos (S-Link Chain, and Simple Hook/Beaded Hook) that will help you build your confidence in using your tools, and give you pointers on trouble spots you’ll need to watch for!

S-Link Chain - Project 001 Foundation Skills: Introduction to Wire Jewelry - The Tao of Wire

Project 001 S-Link Chain

Simple Hook / Beaded Hook - Project 002 Foundation Skills: Introduction to Wire Jewelry - The Tao of Wire

Project 002 – Simple Hook / Beaded Hook

 

Register today to start your creative journey!

 

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Video Diary: A Memorable Teaching Experience

30 May 16
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I enjoy teaching live classes, but this one in particular stands out.

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