Author Archives: dianne

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

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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