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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.


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!




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.


Can you spot the off square wire? - Episode 8 Supplemental - The Tao of Wire

Spot the Off-Square

13 Apr 16
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In Episode 8 – Introduction to Square Wire (included in the free Foundations Skills – Introduction to Wire Jewelry course), I talk about developing the ability to see wire that’s gone off-square. It’s a skill worth developing – both as a maker and as a buyer – because once you’ve learned to see off-square wire, you’ll always be able to see it. You’ll be able to distinguish high quality, well-made wire jewelry from work that is not quite there yet.

To help you, here are some side by side examples of wire jewelry. One piece has off-square bits, one doesn’t. Can you spot the differences?

Spot the Off Square – Side by Side

Did you see all the off-square wire? Look again.

Learn how to prevent your wire from going off square. Sign up for the free course Foundations Skills – Introduction to Wire Jewelry today!



All About Wire - Part 2: Shapes, Gauges & Tempers - Episode 5 - The Tao of Wire

Episode 5: All About Wire, Part 2 – Shapes, Gauges & Tempers

21 Dec 15
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What wire should you choose for your project? In this episode, you’ll learn about the different qualities of wire like shape, gauge and temper, which can impact how your design looks, how easy it is to construct and how well it will wear.
This video is part of the Foundation Skills: Introduction to Wire Jewelery course. Find out more!


Shapes, Gauges & Metals Chart - Episode 5 - The Tao of Wire


SWG / AWG Gauge Conversion Chart for Wire Jewelry - Episode 5 - The Tao of Wire



All About Wire, Part 1 - Metals - Episode 4 - The Tao of Wire

Episode 4: All About Wire, Part 1 – Metals

03 Dec 15
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Now that you have your tools, the next step is to choose your wire. In this episode you’ll learn about the different metals that are commonly used in wire jewelry.


This video is part of the Foundation Skills: Introduction to Wire Jewelery course. Find out more!


Wire Metals Chart - Episode 4 - The Tao of Wire


Wire Metals - Mini Chart - Episode 4 - The Tao of Wire

Online Forums, Copying and The Missed Opportunity

09 Oct 15
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“If you don’t want your work copied, don’t post it on the Internet.”


I can’t tell you how sick I am of seeing this ignorant statement on forums I’m part of. The people who post this comment claim to be part of a community, but have no clue about their role in sustaining that community.  A lot of the time, they are simply using it to justify acting like complete assholes.  They effectively declare themselves to be parasites. The thing that bugs me the most is that they can’t see how self-defeating their attitude is, and how they lose the opportunity to discover the transformative power of their own creativity.

I wrote an essay many years ago about how one of the outcomes of the creative process is the symbiotic relationship between the artist and the viewer.  Each person plays a vital part in the interaction. There is a continuous mutual exchange and a holistic balance where the artist says “Look at this!” and the viewer says “I see it!”

Public online forums where people publish photos of their work are the 21st century equivalent of an art gallery. It allows people to admire, discuss, and be inspired by what they see. It’s the venue through which the symbiotic relationship is fostered and nurtured. When a work of art is stolen from an art gallery, the loss is felt by the artist, by the viewer and by the whole community. Art galleries have alarms, cameras and guards to prevent theft of the work. The security features in an online forum are more intangeable.  It’s primarily the personal self-restraint, respect and mutual consideration shown by each member that act as the safeguards.

People post to the forums because they’re proud of what they’ve made; they’re excited about their discoveries and accomplishments and they want to share that excitement with an audience. They want to be acknowledged, to be told they’ve done a good job and, where the forum allows it, to be rewarded for their effort through selling their work.

On forums where there are a lot of makers, artists who post work that excites and inspires are frequently asked to share their knowledge through tutorials. For the viewers, the spark of inspiration represents an opportunity to connect with the act of creating and experience that excitement in a new, more profound way.

And it’s where personal self-restraint, respect and mutual consideration come into play.

The artist may be willing to share the knowledge they gained making their designs. If they do, they have every right to set limits. They may decide to give away the information, or they may charge a fee.  Selling a tutorial doesn’t mean that the artist has released ownership of the design.  Buying a tutorial doesn’t entitle you to any rights, only the opportunity to learn. Anything more has to be explicitly granted by the artist who created the original work.  The inherent rights of the artist covered by copyright law are very specific, but that’s a subject for another post.

The artist might not be willing to go beyond just posting the photo of their work, and so declines the request for a tutorial. That can be a disappointment to the person inspired by what they’ve seen.  For some, the desire to learn becomes all consuming, so they decide to try to figure it out for themselves.

No one disputes that we all learn by copying. Making a copy of someone else’s design can be seen as a personal creative challenge and a test of one’s own skill. But not every artist appreciates having their work copied.

Posting in a public forum does NOT mean that the artist is releasing their work to the public domain.  The need for personal self-restraint, respect and mutual consideration is ongoing. This is an often confused and much argued aspect of internet publishing.  The point has to be made that those artists who say they are okay with being copied are making the explicit choice to give up their ownership and rights to their design – it doesn’t mean they never had them in the first place.

When you decide go against the wishes of the artist and make a copy, in no way, shape or form, can you claim that this product of your effort is “yours” in the sense of being presented as “original” design, even if you made small changes.  Understand that the copy is only a starting point on the next part of your creative journey. As part of the symbiotic relationship between the artist and the viewer, you have an obligation to yourself and to the artist who inspired you to move as far beyond the copy as you can. Don’t just make small changes: keep going until the similarities are no longer noticeable. Often you’ll be excited to discover that the ideas and designs you are able to generate become genuinely unique and endless.

That’s why ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and ATTRIBUTION are also important. It’s the conscious act of homage where you remember that without having once played the role of the viewer, you would never have been able to become the artist you’ve discovered you are. It reinforces the foundation of the community and the inspiration that nurtured you. The artist who inspires you said “Look at this!”, and you said “I saw it!”

Keep the copy for yourself as a memento of where you started, wear it with pride. But understand that if you try to claim the copy as your original without acknowledging the source of inspiration, or try to sell it, it’s the equivalent of committing a forgery.  That breaks the links of self-restraint, respect and mutual consideration.  It cuts off the flow of nurturing energy that connects you to your creative source and that sustains the community.

Public forums are a fertile ground for inspiration.  But it’s through APPLYING, EXPANDING, GROWING and MAKING SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT that you find the keys to the greatest, lasting treasure:  being able to trust your own inner power as a creative person.  Inspiration may get you excited, but it’s developing the connection to the deepest part of your creative self that keeps you excited.

Simply copying someone else doesn’t go far enough.

Tweaking will only give you a glimmer of what’s possible when you push yourself further.

By making the most committedly honest effort, over time you will find the hidden talent within yourself to create works that stand as wholly, recognizably yours.  You become the artist. You can become the one who inspires.

Don’t underestimate what you’re capable of.