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How to Wire a Canvas Painting

February 25, 2015 at 12:11 AM

purple seadragon acrylic painting


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

How to install wiring on canvas painting for hanging - 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:

 

Step 2: Clean Flat Surface

How to install wiring on canvas painting for hanging - step 2

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

How to install wiring on canvas painting for hanging - step 3

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

How to install wiring on canvas painting for hanging - step 4

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

How to install wiring on canvas painting for hanging - step 5

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

How to install wiring on canvas painting for hanging - step 6

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

How to install wiring on canvas painting for hanging - step 7

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

How to install wiring on canvas painting for hanging - step 8

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

How to install wiring on canvas painting for hanging - step 9

Wrap the loose ends of the steel wire around itself tightly on both sides.

 

Step 10: Hang!

How to install wiring on canvas painting for hanging - step 10

Purple Weedy Sea Dragon © 2015 Monica Gunderson - All Rights Reserved; Unauthorized Reproduction Prohibited 


Hang the artwork and enjoy!

 

To see this artwork in progress, Click Here!



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How to Wire a Canvas Painting

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