Written by by Laura Thykeson - Owner of "Ice Originals II"

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repparttar Art world, if you aren’t listed, you usually won’t get a second look, unless you are persistent in displaying your items and pieces torepparttar 116111 public, targetrepparttar 116112 demographic audience that will most likely be interested in your work, and create or produce often enough to have fresh and new pieces for people to choose from. I feel, and know for a fact, that there are many artists out there who are just as successful as they choose to be, and have marketed themselves entirely on their own, or worked through another individual, perhaps a friend with a website or their own website, without having to pay huge commissions for sales, bother with an agent, or rub elbows withrepparttar 116113 elite at a gallery “wine and cheese” Art Show. Not to mentionrepparttar 116114 sometimes biased juried shows that you can become involved in, which can not only break your heart and spirit, but sour you onrepparttar 116115 whole idea of pursuing something you used to enjoy so much. Do I sound cynical? Probably, but I have never been a mainstream thinker, always wanting to haverepparttar 116116 control over pricing, display, description, and target audience of my particular style. You are probably wondering, “Well ok, where are allrepparttar 116117 things that you have painted/created/sold, if you know so much?”. They are all gone, because I sold them all! I have sold literally hundreds of decorative items, paintings, hand-painted jewelry and purses, ceramics, and other items, by doing it my own way. There is a little secret to this though, all those items were signed with a different name than I have now! Under my “old name” I was at least locally immediately recognized. Now, it’s like starting over to re-establish myself. I didn’t start painting inrepparttar 116118 beginning because I ever thought I would sell anything-I started painting because I was bored and had always wanted to paint. I never imagined, that just through word of mouth, that my art would blossom into a full time business that I maintained for many years. I did commission work, sold to wholesalers, had my own line of clothing and purses duringrepparttar 116119 “wearable art” phase, and was literally working 14 hours a day to keep up. I specialized in unique designs, nothing was everrepparttar 116120 same, and all were my own original concepts. I experimented with techniques, and made alot of mistakes and had alot of successes alongrepparttar 116121 way, and finally, I just got tired. I even taught art classes, which is funny, since I never went to any classes myself! I am totally self-taught. I have gone through all of this to come to this final point. Am I listed? No. Am I a worldwide collected Artist? No. Do my older pieces bring higher prices than what I initially sold them for? Occasionally. Will I be famous after I’m dead? Who knows and who cares! I have had fun, made money, made alot of close friendships, and all along, I have done it My Way. My real point of this whole discussion is-my clients didn’t buy my work because I was a well known, collected artist-they bought it because they liked my work! I still run into past clients who have pieces I did for them by commission, and they never fail to tell me how much they still enjoy it, and “Am I still painting?”. That goes to show you that if a work of Art appeals to you, don’t worry about if it is a known artist or a newcomer. These people obviously still enjoy their piece of Art, which isrepparttar 116122 true purpose of buying Art anyway, aside fromrepparttar 116123 basic fact that it is a very personal form of expression forrepparttar 116124 Artist.

To sum this discussion up, just remember a couple of things. Don’t overlook that lovely piece of Art or Artisan creation that either reminds you of something special, or just really appeals to your sense of design, just because it is reasonably priced and you have never heard ofrepparttar 116125 Artist. Also, don’t hesitate to purchase that lower priced, good quality piece of jewelry, just because it may not be signed by a widely-known and collected designer, if it appeals to you and passesrepparttar 116126 “5 year rule”. You never know who or what will someday becomerepparttar 116127 next sought after designer, item or style, and besides that, you will never regret your purchase, you will get alot of enjoyment from it, and you won’t be out a bundle of money. Today’s unknown could well be tomorrow’s “Picasso”!

Laura Thykeson is a practicing Artist, business owner, published poet, and a big advocate and promoter of “The Underdog” as well as the emerging Artist/Artisan. She owns the following businesses:

“Ice Originals II ~ Collectibles, Jewelry and Artistic Designs

“Ice Originals - Inside out!!!”

“Ice Originals Toonz”

What You Should Know about SMAW!

Written by Thomas Yoon

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Welding Machines

Many types and sizes of welding machines are used for shielded metal-arc welding. The current of a Constant-Current type does not change significantly in variations in arc length. This is preferred for manual welding operations.

The Constant-Potential type of welding machine adjustsrepparttar current according torepparttar 116110 arc length. If used in a manual operation,repparttar 116111 unavoidable variations in arc length will produce large fluctuations inrepparttar 116112 current, resulting in an unstable, non-uniform arc. For automatic operations,repparttar 116113 constant electrode feed rate establishes a stable arc and uniform arc length.

The current rating ofrepparttar 116114 machine is its maximum current output. A current rating of 400 amp meansrepparttar 116115 machine can deliver up to 400 amps of welding current.

The duty cycle rating ofrepparttar 116116 machine isrepparttar 116117 safe operating capacity for non-stop welding. This is expressed as a percentage over a 10-minute period over which a machine can deliver its rated maximum welding current output without damage or overheating. An 80 percent 400-amp machine is one, which can deliver 400 amps of welding current for a total of 8 minutes out of every 10, and must idle at least, 2 minutes out of every 10 for cooling.

Tools and Accessories

The tools for SMAW are: cables, holders, clamps, chipping hammer, wire brush. The protective equipment are face shield, goggles, apron, gloves, shoes, long sleeved shirt. The protective equipment is to avoid eye injuries, and burns. Also there is a need to prevent electric shocks, especially in wet areas.

Selecting an Electrode

Electrodes are classified by their core material: mild steel, high-carbon steel, special alloy steel, cast iron, and non-ferrous. Mild steel electrodes arerepparttar 116118 most commonly used. In general,repparttar 116119 electrode core material is matched as closely as possible withrepparttar 116120 composition ofrepparttar 116121 base metal. Electrode size varies withrepparttar 116122 thickness ofrepparttar 116123 base metal.

The size and characteristics ofrepparttar 116124 selected electrode determinerepparttar 116125 arc current settings onrepparttar 116126 welding machine. Normally,repparttar 116127 range of recommended amperage forrepparttar 116128 electrode is given byrepparttar 116129 manufacturer.

Set up and Operation

Observe fire precautions before starting to weld. No combustible should be nearrepparttar 116130 work area. 

Withrepparttar 116131 electrical power still off; clamprepparttar 116132 earth wire to repparttar 116133 work piece andrepparttar 116134 electrode onrepparttar 116135 holder. Turn onrepparttar 116136 power. To strike an arc, positionrepparttar 116137 end ofrepparttar 116138 electrode about 1 inch aboverepparttar 116139 weld start point. Lower your face shield and with a rapid tapping of scratching motion, touchrepparttar 116140 electrode torepparttar 116141 base ofrepparttar 116142 metal. Immediately afterrepparttar 116143 contact, raiserepparttar 116144 end ofrepparttar 116145 electrode slightly to establish an arc whose length is approximately equal torepparttar 116146 electrode diameter.

If you do not raiserepparttar 116147 electrode fast enough, it will stick torepparttar 116148 work. Twist or bendrepparttar 116149 electrode to break it free. If repparttar 116150 electrode does not break free, quickly release it fromrepparttar 116151 holder. With a little practice, you can learn to strike an arc withoutrepparttar 116152 electrode sticking.

Whenrepparttar 116153 current settings and a proper arc length is maintained, a continuous cracking sound is heard while welding. A humming sound indicates thatrepparttar 116154 arc length is too long or repparttar 116155 current is too high. Arcs too short make a popping sound and may flash on and off, indicatingrepparttar 116156 electrode is sticking and short circuiting torepparttar 116157 base metal.

Make "hard-to-find" Tools "easy-to-find". You can only Produce YOUR BEST with THE BEST!" Earn praises for a job well done, only withrepparttar 116158 PROPER TOOLS! Locate Hard-to-Find Tools for your garage and workshop. Good for Cars, Trucks, Cycles, Boats, and Planes. Quality Tools

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