Thursday, November 4, 2010

How to Wire a Painting.



Supplies:
1.  Wire Cutter
2.  Framers Pro Picture Wire- The professional grade with the plastic around the wire is the best.   :)  This is the secret sauce.
3.  Ring Hangers-
4.  Plus screw driver.

PS- check your art supply store for the wire/hangers.  They buy the stuff in bulk and is cheaper is then the Hardware store and cheaper then Michaels.  


Steps
1.  Attach  rings to either side of the frame.  You will want them 1/3rd to 1/4th from the top of the frame. and put them at a little but of an angle.
2.  Cut your piece of wire with a 2-4 inches extra wire for each side of the frame.  So if you have a 10 inch width you want at least 14-18 inches of wire cut.
3.  Thread the ring hangs.  Leave the wire a little bit of wiggle room- and don't thread it too tight.  When the wire is pulled tight like it's being hung you will want it 2-3 inches from the top of the frame.

Viola!

I am not going to tell you how many mistakes I made and how long it took me to figure this out.  I walked into the hardware store and they sold me the wrong stuff several times.

4 comments:

bobbi said...

Oh silly me, I thought a pin was more than enough to hang a painting...

Erika Lee Sears said...

:) Galleries want frames to be wired- No duct tape or pins. :)

red-handed said...

And always use something with a screw-type body ... never nails (and never *ever* finishing nails or upholstery tacks, which are less than useless).

Tracey said...

Awesome tips - I'm so shocking at stuff like this ... thanks for the tutorial! :D