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Exquisitely fine, handcrafted jewelry, from a joyful perspective.
It all started with a piece of beach glass.
I wasn't actually looking for beach glass while walking the shore of Lake Ontario that day. I picked up what looked like an interesting rock, and was disappointed to find "only" the water tumbled glass. But then, just as I was about to throw it back into the lake, the thought struck me: "Hey, this would make a really neat piece of jewelry!"
What could I lay my hands on quickly to make a piece of jewelry out of this, I wondered. The only thing I could think of was wire.
Now, I have to confess that I was not a fan of wire jewelry - it didn't appeal to me at all. But, I was obsessed with making something out of this piece of beach glass.
So I bought some crappy electrical tools at Canadian Tire and a few feet of sterling silver wire, and I made a pendant. As soon as I was finished that, my mind was flooded with all kinds of other ideas of things to make.
That was the summer of 1995. From thick to thin, I’ve bent, linked, twisted, woven, hammered, fused, crocheted and knitted my way through many kilograms of metal. Much of my oeuvre has been created without the use of a torch. It's a deliberate choice: I enjoy the challenge of figuring out a design based on the constraint of working cold.
I am not a “wirewrapper”. That term is too limiting. I am a professional artist / studio jeweller / metalsmith / instructor who makes jewelry out of wire. The possibilities of what can be made using wire are virtually endless. The excitement I feel working with the metal has never gone away, and I love sharing that sense of wonder with the people who take classes with me.
I'm detail and quality oriented. One of the reasons why wire jewelry didn't appeal to me was because a lot of it looked very flimsy. As a wife and busy mom to two boys, the jewelry I wear has to keep up with my active life, so I everything I make has to pass "The Sweater Test". If it doesn't, you're not going to see it in my shop!
I've been very fortunate to have my work featured in magazines, fine craft publications and books, including Lark Books "500 Earrings", "Contemporary Bead & Wire Jewelry" by Suzanne Tourtillott & Nathalie Mornu, "Wire in Design" by Barbara McGuire, and "All Wired Up!" by Mark Lareau. I've been equally lucky to have had work included in national and international exhibitions, and in private collections all over the world.
I'm still exploring, still experimenting, still discovering what wire can do. It's a joyful journey. At the end of the day, I hope that when you buy my jewelry or one of my tutorials, you'll be able to connect with that joy as well.
Dianne Karg Baron
Owner, Designer, Maker, Handcrafted Jewelry
Since 1995, Dianne has been taking wire jewelry into directions that are unexpected and exquisitely detailed, yet still affordable. Find your perfect piece for every day or special occasions!
Accepted payment methods
I offer an installment plan for large ticket items. Shipment will occur when the final payment is confirmed cleared.
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Sorry, I will not ship to third party addresses.
Refunds and Exchanges
Returns may be accepted within 60 days of purchase, provided the item(s) are in the original packaging, in original, unworn condition. Prior arrangement must be made to qualify for a return, and the return code provided must appear on the package. Returns on items with a value over $100 may be subject to a 20% restocking charge. Refunds on returned items will be issued once the package has been received and inspected for condition by the Seller.
Items may be exchanged for credit only, provided the exchanged item is in the original packaging, in original, unworn condition.
All Returns/Exchanges must be shipped at the purchasers' expense - no COD returns accepted.
For hygiene reasons, all sales of earrings are final - no returns or exchanges accepted.
PDF tutorials are offered as fee-based, instant download documents. Documents purchased through Etsy, or Dianne's tutorials website (www.thetaoofwire.com) are deemed immediately delivered, and are non-returnable, non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Please note that download links will expire 24 hours after being sent. If for some reason you are unable to download your tutorial within that time, please contact Dianne to arrange for the link to be resent.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please click on "Request Custom Item" to contact Dianne about Custom Design.
Wholesale enquiries welcome. Minimum $200 order, prepaid.
Consignment enquiries are also welcome. Please provide your terms with your enquiry.