DIY: Secure a Wood Photo Panel with Picture Hanging Wire
How to Prepare a Frame with Hanging Wire for Photo Show
Some time ago, I decided to enter a few photo pieces into an art show. It wasn't until after I paid the entry fees and read the fine print that I realized that all the artwork entries were required to be mounted with wire.
My DIY solid wood photo panel hanging system at the art exhibit.
|Command™ Wire-Backed Picture|
Turn it upside down to create
the hook for the wire.
With my makeshift wire hanging supplies in hand, I took to creating my own DIY photo panel wire hanger.
My goal was to make the hanging system hang securely through 3 days of the show.
Here's what I used:3M Command Wire-backed picture hanging tabs , braided picture wire and duct tape.
|Instead of the hooks being stuck to the wall, they are turned upside down,|
and affixed to the back of the photo panel.
Next, I measured the wire so that it would land about 1-1/2 inches from the top of the frame. I wrapped the wire around the second hook, then cut the wire. Again, I secured it with duct tape.
|The duct tape keeps the wire on the plastic hook and|
it keeps the wire from fraying or cutting someone.
Exhibits or galleries using a wire system require that the wire on the back of the artwork is at least three inches from the top of the piece. Usually a single wire is used for lighter pieces and two wires for heavier bulkier pieces.
|The wire lands about 1-1/2 inches from the top of the frame.|
Since many art shows require art entries to be hung on gallery hanging systems, I hope this might help someone out that needs to securely mount a photo panel or wood-mounted image.
End ResultThe photo panel hung securely for the entire weekend of the show. After the show, it hung on the wall for almost 8 weeks before the adhesive from the 3M hook came loose.
It worked great. The event coordinators were excited to see my DIY handiwork. And, I was able to exhibit the photo.
Hope this will help you too. If it does, please let me know.
ps: sorry for the crummy pictures. It wasn't until someone asked me how I mounted the wood panel that I realized I should have taken better behind the scenes pictures.