Thursday, April 24, 2008

Picture frame completed

I finished the frame and I am happy with it. It is big and makes the old one look a little anemic but it looks just right for the wall. I am glad I didn't go larger with this thing (my first instinct). Now I have to get my ass in gear and finish stripping the closet door. Unfortunately, it looks like winter is coming back to Chicagoland this week - hopefully it doesn't get too cold.

I should also probably add a couple pointers about hanging large artwork on picture rails. Generally, the hooks on the back of your artwork that you use to hold cable or chord should be attached to the side rails. This is always stronger than the top rail where joints can brake and the entire picture (and mat and glass) can end up on the floor. I am using 1/4" loop hooks that are about a 1/2" long (into the wood).

People have also asked about how you minimize the hanging angle. You can't eliminate it totally but the higher up that you mount the chord or wire hooks on your frame, the lesser the angle will be on the wall. I am using hooks at about 3" from the top of the picture for this one and due to the weight and size, the angle is minimal. On smaller pictures, you can get as close as an inch from the top rail.

7 comments:

Carol said...

Well done!

Josh said...

Very nice work! Way to use the picture rail, too.

Anonymous said...

That looks very nice. Do you attach the cord directly to the hooks on the frame, or to a picture wire?

(By the way that is "cord" rather than "chord" isn't it . . . or do you have special music playing in the background?

Anonymous said...

That looks very nice. Do you attach the cord directly to the hooks on the frame, or to a picture wire?

(By the way that is "cord" rather than "chord" isn't it . . . or do you have special music playing in the background?

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

The chord actually comes with an integral wire within it so it is very strong but also . I wrap it through the hooks on the back of the frame and tie it back on itself, on each side of the frame. Hopefully that makes sense. Maybe I'll follow up with a photo.

Stephanie said...

That is gorgeous!

Kelly said...

Our picture rail in our 37 bungalow is almost at ceiling height. I'm trying to determine whether it's worth using it.

Thanks for the inspiration!