How to Wire a Canvas Painting
February 25, 2015 at 12:11 AM
How to Add Hanging Hardware to a Canvas Painting
Once a painting is finished, it needs to be prepared for hanging whether for personal use or readying it to hang in an art gallery. Here are easy to follow step-by-step directions on how to add the hardware to a canvas painting so it can be properly displayed.
Step 1: Tools
The first step is gather needed materials. All of the materials are easy to find and can be bought at any hardware store.
The tools needed for this project are:
- Galvanized Steel Wire
- Notice: Be sure to get the right gauge for your project. My painting is small (11 x 14 inches), so I am using steel wire with a safe work load of 5 LB (5 pounds).
- Two (2) Steel Eye Screws
- Notice: Make sure that the eye screws are the right size for your project. Heavier pieces may need larger eye screws. For my particular project, I am using eye screws that are 5/8"
- Wire Cutters
Step 2: Clean Flat Surface
Place the painting face down on a clean flat surface. Make note where the "top" of the artwork is so that when finished, the painting will be hung upright.
Step 3: Measure
Measure about 1/3 or 1/4 the way down from the top of your painting and mark it with a pencil. Do the same thing on the opposite side to ensure that it is even on both sides.
Step 4: Add Eye Screws
Slightly push the pointed end of an eye screw on the inside of the wooden stretcher bar and twist until tightened. Make sure that it is screwed in straight; otherwise it will poke out of the stretcher bar or through the artwork on the other side. Screw in the second eye screw on the opposite end of the stretched frame where it was marked during the last step.
Step 5: Measure and Cut Steel Wire
Measure out the length of the steel wire by the width of the painting and adding about six (6) or eight (8) inches to it and then snip it with the wire cutters. Thread the wire through the eye screws on both ends loosely so that it looks like the image above.
Step 6: Making the Loop
With the end of one steel wire, loop it so that it under the other section of the wire, so that it looks like the image above.
Step 7: Complete the Loop
Loop the steel wire to make it look like the number six (6) or an upside down lower case "g".
Step 8: Thread, Knot, and Tighten
Thread the end of the steel wire under and through the opened loop and slowly pull until it forms a knot and tighten. Before tying the other side, make sure that the steel wire is not taut between the two eye screws. When the center of the steel wire is carefully pulled towards the mid top of the canvas, it should reach about two (2) or three (3) inches below the top of the canvas. Once this is done, knot the other wire end the same way as the first.
Step 9: Wrap Steel Wire Ends
Wrap the loose ends of the steel wire around itself tightly on both sides.
Step 10: Hang!
Purple Weedy Sea Dragon © 2015 Monica Gunderson - All Rights Reserved; Unauthorized Reproduction Prohibited
Hang the artwork and enjoy!
Check out the pictures of "Purple Weedy Seadragon" painting in progress.
Monica Gunderson Fine Artist