This is what I've been doing all day....attaching wire hangers and signing, titling, and dating my work. Maybe this is a silly DIY but I didn't know this stuff when I first started so I thought I'd share.
Galleries prefer that all pieces have wire hangers. Once I got used to them, I found that I prefer wire hangers too. It makes art really easy to hang and easy to level. Pretty much everything that hangs in our house has a wire hanger. If it didn't come with one, I put one on!
These are the tools that I use...
- pliers with wire cutter
- screw eyes (larger ones for larger paintings)
- tape measure (or ruler)
- picture wire
[Today I'm working on my little 6x6 inch paintings so I'm using these little screw eyes and medium weight wire. When I wire my larger pieces, I'll use much larger screw eyes and a heavier wire.]
The rule of thumb is to put the wire one third of the way down. So for these 6x6 inch paintings, I'm making a pencil mark 2 inches down from the top. Then I use the hammer to tap and start the screw eyes into each side. These are so tiny that I use the pliers to hold them while I hammer. I've been known to smash my fingers!
Once they're started, then I just use my fingers to screw them into the wood. That works on most of my pieces as the wood is very soft. Sometimes it's a harder wood and it doesn't work, BOO! In that case I'll use the pliers or for a really stubborn one, I'll drill a pilot hole for it. That hasn't happened yet today. (knock on wood.)
I pick up the pliers again and give a couple more turns just to make sure it's snug and secure. Once I've got both sides done, I measure out the wire. I lay it across the back and trim it at the outside edge of my painting. That gives me about an inch of extra wire on each side to work with.
I loop the wire through each eyelet.
Then it's time to twist. These are small, lightweight pieces so I simply went through the eyelet and then twisted the end back around the wire that goes across. For larger pieces, I'll run the wire through the eyelet a couple of times so that it's more secure.
I finish up the other side and then use the pliers to crimp down the ends of the wire. Ta-da, all done! Oh just 6 more to do.....
Oh and here's a similar set up. For these frames, I need to be able to remove the backing piece to place the artwork inside under glass. In this case, those eyelets sticking out from the inside of the frame don't work because then I can't get the backing out. Instead I use these ring hangers and attach them on the back. It's tricky but I have just enough room to slide the backing out the bottom.
I'd love to hear how you hang your art. Is this new to you? Do you already put wire hangers on everything? Silly or helpful DIY? Let me know!