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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

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!



The 8 Essential Tools for Wireworking - Episode 2 - The Tao of Wire

Episode 2: Tools, Part 1 – The 8 Essential Tools for Wireworking

28 Aug 15
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What tools do you need when you’re first getting started making wire jewellery? In this episode Dianne describes the 8 “must have” essential tools you should have.

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