Christmas Present Copper Ring and My Thoughs

Whenever I sell something I am deeply touched and thankful to both God and my customer.

Every time I start the creation process I am reminded of how God has blessed me with the talent and the desire to make stuff.  And when I receive an order I am touched that someone has picked my creation over all the other talented makers out there.

The Ring pictured below is a Christmas present.  A son and mother were online shopping for a ring he wanted for Christmas and they picked one of mine.  I am so blessed to be able to make such a positive impact on people’s lives.

This ring becomes a bond between a mother and her son that will last a life time.  I am so blessed to be part of that.  img_20161214_091324

Merry Christmas.


Star of David

Working on a Star of David. This has been a challenge to intertwine the two triangles.  The sides of the triangles are within .010″ of each other…so far. I hope to have it a little tighter when finished. I still need to solder and hammer a texture on the piece.

A Short Move of Angels and Fractals.

This is a short movie created in Adobe Clip on my mobile phone.  I am experimenting with different software options for video.  I would like to create “How To and DYI” videos for some of the stuff I make.  So I am looking for the easiest or best solution.

This video is of Angels that were on my phone and the music is stuff Adobe provides as free stock audio.

Let me know what you think.



Making Jewelry From Brass- A New Brass Ring

I just started making jewelry from brass. The brass I use is 230 alloy brass.  It is sometimes referred  to as jewelers brass.  The type of brass has a close appearance to gold, …. for a few weeks, then is starts to tarnish.  Gold does not tarnish.

I still like the finished product.  The color is excellent. I think, both copper and brass lend themselves to rustic looking jewelry.  This piece has a hand hammered wood grain texture.  The inside is polished for a smooth fit and feel. It has a nice rustic look and a sophisticated feel.

So why not use gold?  Well there are several factors involved in using gold.  The first is cost. At roughly $1,250 an ounce for gold, and jewelers brass at $.90 an ounce, one can see there is a BIG difference in price.  Scrap is the other big factor. One needs to be set up to handle precious metals.  I am not…yet.

So for now copper and brass will be my metals of choice. They are easy to work with and both finish well.  Besides, I think both metals work better for rustic looking jewelry.  For some reason gold and rustic just do not seem to fit together.

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Digital Painting Angel Number 708


I enjoy my Angel project.  I get time to think about ideas other than the day-to-day Earthly stuff.  You know, like filling jewelry orders or dealing with family stuff.  angel-708-angel-by-artist-mark-haglund

It forces me to imagine everything.  In this series of images, I just let go and let the image talk to me.  I listen, with my eyes and feelings, and then try to react with the correct tool, brush stroke, or color.

Because I create an Angel almost every day, it is like taking my mind to the gym and exercising my imagination on a daily basis. I enjoy the challenge of thinking and the challenge of pushing my knowledge of the software.

This is Angel #708.  So for almost two years I have created something every day.  I think that is important for makers, creators, and artist it just do it without worry of the outcome.  We have so many demands on our skills that we need play time. Time to create without fear of failure. That is what this project has been for me.

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The One Thing I Know

The one thing I know is that I will be creating an Angel every day. Well, I try too create one every day. Sometimes I run out of time or I just don’t feel like it.

I have created over seven hundred Angel drawings or paintings over the past two years. This is Angel #695. I created this one in PhotoshopCC .

It is a real challenge creating anything every day , let alone the same theme over and over. This project has taught me that there are many ways to look at a subject and at life.

The project started three or four years ago when God asked me to create an Angel a day. How does this happen? Morning Pages,heard of them? If not, find out more here at Julia Cameron. The book she co-authored years ago was titled The Artist Way.

Anyway as I write sometimes I get into conversations with God.  During a particular conversation He told me to create an Angel a day.  I struggled with this for 2-3 years trying many forms of media.  I could never get one Angel done in a day.  Then digital art entered my life and an angel a day was possible.  As it is it can take several hours to complete a painting.

So when I wake in the morning I know that today I will or should create an Angel. There is comfort in having a goal each day. And I couldn’t ask for a better employer.


Many of my Angels are posted here for viewing

Or in my Etsy Shop at Angel Art by Mark On Etsy


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.


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.



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