Announcing “The Tao of Wire” Online Video Course

Announcing “The Tao of Wire” Online Video Course

For a long time, people have commented to me that they would love to take my classes, but live too far away from me.

So, last year I started work on a new project, which I’m happy to announce is almost ready to launch!

The Tao of Wire, an online video wireworking course by Dianne Karg Baron

The Tao of Wire is a step-by-step online video course to help you discover your own creative voice through making wire jewelry. You’ll learn professional techniques for making wire jewelry that you are proud to wear, give and sell.

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Foundation Skills: Introduction to Wire Jewelry is launching soon!

This free course introduces you to the tools, metals, and types of wire you’ll need to start working with wire. Learn how to straighten wire, how to work with square wire, and tips for avoiding strain while you work. You’ll also learn step by step how make one of *the* most fundamental and multi-purpose links – the S-link – and a hook, using square wire.

Sign up today to start your creative journey!

 

The blog has been quiet for a long time, but I’m still here :)

Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything to this blog.

In fact, I’m kind of shocked to see that this is the first post I’ve made in over a year!

There have been lots of things going on behind the scenes, some personal, some professional.

On the personal side, I spent a good part of last year recovering from an accident – I was hit by a van while crossing the street. Although I wasn’t seriously injured at the time, I developed complications later that required many months of painful physiotherapy. I’m happy to say that I’m now almost fully recovered and pain free!

I spent a bit of time traveling in Europe, soaking in the atmosphere and the history, celebrating birthdays with family, meeting some of my online friends face-to-face for the first time.

On the professional side, live classes have been the focus for the past year. One of my long-time students, Camilla Gryski, completed her course of study with me and last June celebrated her “graduation” with a very successful gallery show. I’m enormously proud of her!

Right now, I’m hard at work on preparing for a new course I’ll be teaching at Haliburton School of the Arts this coming July: Wire Weaving & Coiling. This course will introduce students to the foundations skills used to create wire jewellery using weaving and coiling techniques. If you’re looking for a chance to get away, come join me in Haliburton from July 20-24!

I’m also hosting the Year of Jewelry Project 2015, which is now on Facebook.

Finally, I’m up to my neck in renovations! After many years of thinking and planning, I’ve finally been able to design a dedicated workspace, with everything exactly where I need it. My new studio is taking shape, and I’m looking forward to moving into my new space by the start of summer!

 

Fall 2012 / Winter 2013 Class Schedule updated!

Fall 2012 / Winter 2013 Class Schedule updated!

I’m pleased to be teaching classes again this Fall and Winter at George Brown College!

Classes offered this Fall are:

Jewellery Wire Art I – October 14-November 4, 2012
Chain Making – November 24-December 1, 2012

Classes offered this Winter are:

Jewellery Wire Art I – February 24-March 17, 2013
Jewellery Wire Art II – April 14-May 5, 2013
Chain Making – November 24-December 1, 2012

 

Please see my Classes page for more details and links to the registration pages.

Upcoming Workshops: Beaders Best 2012 in Hamburg, Germany

Upcoming Workshops: Beaders Best 2012 in Hamburg, Germany

UPDATE – June 4, 2012

Putting together a trip like this means a lot of planning and considerable expense.  Unfortunately, things have not come together the way I would like, and so I’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel these classes.  I want to thank Verena Greene-Christ of Perlen Poesie magazine, who made a terrific effort over the last couple of days to find a workable solution – maybe next year!

 

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It’s going to be a busy summer!  In addition to returning to Haliburton this year, I’m scheduled to teach five workshops at the Beaders Best Perlenkunst Messe in Hamburg, Germany from August 17-19, 2012 .

Sponsored by Perlen Poesie magazine, this second annual show features beadwork, wirework and metal clay from all over Europe and North America.  As the only Canadian instructor, I’m excited about teaching in Germany – and in German – for the first time.  (The courses are listed as being taught in English with German translation, because I requested a translator in case I get stuck.)

More details about the classes can be found here.

 

Es wird ein arbeitsreicher Sommer sein! Neben der Rückkehr in Haliburton, werde ich dieses Jahr  ab August 17-19, 2012 fünf Kurse am Beaders Best Perlenkunst Messe in Hamburg, Deutschland lehren.

Gefördert durch Perlen Poesie Magazin, bietet dieses zweite jährliche Messe Perlenkunst, Drahtkunst und Silber Clay aus ganz Europa und Nordamerika. Als die einzige kanadische Lehrerin, bin ich über den Unterricht zum ersten Mal in Deutschland – und in deutscher Sprache – begeistert . (Die Kurse werden als in Englisch mit deutscher Übersetzung gelehrt aufgeführt, weil ich nach einem Übersetzer fragte, falls ich stecken bleibe.)

Weitere Details zu den Kursen finden Sie hier.

 

Registration Now Open for Haliburton Wire Jewellery Aug. 1-5, 2011

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Registration for Wire Jewellery at Haliburton School of the Arts has begun!

Nestled in the Haliburton Highlands in the heart of Ontario’s Cottage Country, the Haliburton School of the Arts offers week long and weekend courses in everything from painting to glassblowing to blacksmithing.  I’m pleased to be returning to HSTA for the week of August 1-5  to teach wire jewellery!  Come join me for a week of fun and fabulous jewelry-making!  You’ll make earrings, chains, bracelets and pendants in a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment.

Please see my Classes page for more information.

Registration for Haliburton Classes August 2010 Begins!

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Registration for my classes at Haliburton School of the Arts is now open!

I’m very excited to be heading back for my third year teaching at Haliburton!  I will be teaching two classes, Wire Jewellery I (August 2-6, 2010) and Wire Jewellery II (August 9-13, 2010).

The school is nestled in the heart of Ontario’s Cottage Country near the shores of Head Lake.  Come for a peaceful and relaxing week, and have fun making jewellery!

See my classes page for course descriptions and a link to register!

George Brown College – 2009-10 Class Schedule

The 2009-2010 classes for Wire Jewellery at George Brown College have now been posted!  Here’s the schedule (quoted from the GBC website):

Wire Art Jewellery 1

October 18-November 8, 2009
Course Number:   JEWL 9038, CRN# F10447

February 21-March 14, 2010
Course Number:  JEWL 9038, CRN# W45521

Learn the foundational skills needed to make wire jewellery. Make chains, earrings and findings using cold-joining techniques. Learn to manipulate different gauges of wire. Complete three bracelets, one necklace and four pairs of earrings. Create a piece based on a design of your own.

Note: A project kit of basic tools and wire will be supplied in the first class, but you must provide beads. The supplies required will be discussed in the first class.

Cost:  $412, plus cost of beads
Location:  Casa Loma
Hours: 20
Day/Time:  Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 pm.

Click here to register.

Wire Art Jewellery 2

April 11-May 2, 2010
Course Number:  JEWL 9050, CRN# W45608

Refine your ability to control wire by creating bracelets, pendants and rings using multiple wires, twisted wires and binding techniques. Learn how to calculate the price of a finished piece of jewellery.

Note: A project kit of basic tools and wire will be supplied in the first class.

Cost:  $450
Location:  Casa Loma
Hours: 20
Day/Time:  Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 pm.

Click here to register.

New Classes – Haliburton School of the Arts

I’m happy to be teaching at Haliburton School of the Arts again this summer!

Two courses are offered this year:  Wire Jewellery (July 13-17, 2009) and Wire Jewellery II (July 20-24, 2009).  Course descriptions and registration links are available on my Classes page.  Check out the Student Work from last year’s class as well!

YOJ09-02 Standard Form Ring

YOJ09-02 Standard Form Ring YOJ09-02 Standard Form Ring: Sterling silver, carnelian; cold connected; Size 10Standard Form Ring (2009)
Sterling silver, carnelian
Size 10

I wasn’t intending to post this as my second entry for the YOJ, but it’s now Sunday, the due date for this week, and the piece I actually wanted to post isn’t finished.  I’m “tweaking”.  It feels very much like I’m doing a science experiment.

So… in the meantime…

I’m going to be teaching at Haliburton again this summer, and I have a bunch of tutorials I need to write in preparation for the class.  Last fall I proposed a second level wire jewelry course, which was accepted.  One of the projects is going to be the Standard Form Ring, aka Pharaoh’s Ring.  (Why it’s called the “Pharaoh’s Ring” is a mystery:  I haven’t been able to find any historical examples using wire.  References to cast versions, yes, wire, no…).  It’s called the “Standard Form Ring” because it’s one of the all-time classic wireworking ring patterns.  A version of this ring was published in Moods in Wire by Ellsworth Sinclair, Beginning Wirecraft by Jessie Donnan, and in the Wire Artist Jeweller Magazine (June 2003).  It’s a substantial ring, usually worn by men.  I started writing my version this week, in between printing off “printing sheets” for Number 2 Son, who likes to do “homework”.

(Edit Jun. 25/09:  Thanks to some excellent detective work by Helen Goga, a historical reference for the Standard Form Ring has been found!  Mr. Thomas Vincent Phelan received a patent for the ring design (US Des. 150,726) in August 1948.  The patent lasted for 14 years, and the design went into the public domain in 1962.)

My own personal artistic proclivities don’t lean towards classical wirework, so I haven’t made this type of ring before.  I followed the WAJ instructions for my first two attempts.  I often tell my students that they shouldn’t worry about what their first attempt looks like:  usually with the first one, you’re just trying to get your head around the steps, so clumsiness is part of the process.  It’s no different for me.  This ring was attempt number 3… and I’ll likely make at least two more in the process of refining, writing and photographing the steps for the instructions.

There are useful wireworking skills to be learned from doing this project.  There are definitely some “tricks” to getting it to look nice.  Notes are being scribbled…

Some other views:

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