A New Web Site For Prints and Things

Check out my other place to purchase prints of my art and other items with my art printed on them like coffee mugs, totes, tee shirts, and lots of other stuff.

My New Pixels.com website.

I am still on Fine Art America they do the same thing as Pixels. And please don’t forget my Etsy shop if you want to purchase a digital image.

What is the difference between these sources for my art?

Angel 619 Angel by Artist Mark Haglund

On Etsy you can purchase a digital image.  There is no physical product, just a digital one.  Unless you want me to print and sign an image.  Then select purchase that option and I will print you a beautiful copy of my art.

On Fine Art America and Pixel.com you can not buy a digital image and they do the printing. They print on a wide variety of canvas types and offer framing.  They also print on commodity items like coffee mugs, tee shirts, totes and bunches of other items, just in case you need to wake up to my art on you morning coffee or delight in carrying your stuff around in a tote with one of my beautiful angels printed on it.

There are links below to checkout. Have fun looking at all the art on these great sites.  Have a great day.

Pixels

Etsy

Fine Art America

 

Visualize your Art, Visualize your Life.

vase-narrowFor the most part it is a good idea to have a plan.  For most anything I create I have a plan.  I plan my paintings, my drawings, my jewelry, my shop improvement projects, my home projects like landscaping, and painting… well you get idea. PLAN FIRST.

Visualization is key to the planning process.  One needs to see or feel the end in order to have a successful start. My advice is to visualize the end the go forward with a plan and be confident. You may need to alter the plan as you go, but that is alright.

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The plan is the real life manifestation of your visualization and as always life and technical ability get in the way of every plan. That is where the confidence comes in.  Be confident that you will succeed even if you have to start your painting over or your life over.

Mark

 

Building your own bench top dust collector 

Having a clean work environment is important for me.  I could go on about safety and health, but let’s face it, some people work better in a mess.  As owner operator’s we can choose what level of safety we feel comfortable with.

I like clean air,well as clean as possible.  I also want to keep my costs down.  I could just buy a complete collection system, I almost did.  Or I can make one.  My background is in manufacturing in the metal industry so I have an understanding or dust collection systems although it be on a larger scale.  As a manufacturing engineer I sourced and installed various collections system.  I will include a list of reliable vendors and dust collection systems at the end of this article.

Why did I decide to build my own?  Because I like to use what I have before I go out and buy something new.  For starters, I have two bench top grinders and a shop vac.  The basics of the system.

I started by purchasing the needed polishing supplies from Rio Grande Jewelry Supply. Then I researched what was available on the market and did a quick cost analysis. There should be a large cost saving to make the DYI route viable. There is so I will build my own.

Step one is to develop a design based on what is commonly used.  Here is one of my sketches 20161106_121847that I used to generate ideas.

Then I laid out the pieces on cardboard and cut them out.  I used 2″ wide masking tape to assemble them.  There were 6 pieces total.

If this design works I can cut apart the pieces and use them as patterns for the wood version. There would be adjustments need in the dimensions as the final material will be much thicker then the cardboard.

Here are some pictures of Prototype I.

I have used this version for several weeks now and I am just waiting for the time to move on to version 2.  I know I need some sort of manifold across the back and vents by each wheel.  I will publish a new post on the progress as soon as I can.

Until then here are some links to give you some food for your imagination or information on build your own bench top dust collector.

Rio Grande Jewelry Supply

Foredom Electric Co. Dust Collection

Dust Collector Jewelry Polisher With 1/2 Horsepower Double Spindle Motor