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Wire option on the back of a metal print with french cleat

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Trish, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. Trish

    Trish Grumbler

    Is there anyway to convert a metal french cleat of the back of a metal print to hold a wire. Our local Art Gallery requires all items hang by wire and a customer wants to showcase her metal photo.
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  2. Philliam Phulgor

    Philliam Phulgor CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    I've got a couple of ways that may work.

    1.) If you have the "Z" bar which I order in length and cut to size as needed, you can put a vertical length on either side, keeping the pre-drilled screw holes lifted up so you can run wire across. per normal. Pretty simple really. It's just counter intuitive because we normally put the cleats and the top (horizontally) and sometimes bottom, also.

    2.) Put a Nielsen metal frame on the back like you are making it float off the wall. The #97 series or #95 series works well. "Raw" (not anodized, brushed, finished) Nielsen can be ordered in length to cut down the cost.

    In both cases I go to the local automotive store and buy extra strong, extra thick, double-sided automotive tape to adhere . Factor in whatever your customer will bear in cost, considering your field trip, materials and labor.

    Here's a couple of quick, incomplete mock-ups for you to get an idea.
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  3. Trish

    Trish Grumbler

    Thanks, great ideas for the future! The metal print came as you see and the art gallery wants it with a wire.

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  4. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    What is that gray frame on the back made of? Couldn't you just use conventional methods to attach wire to it?
    :cool: Rick
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  5. Trish

    Trish Grumbler

    Thank you. Its metal as well. I could drill a screw hole but you'd have to get a nut attached as well, tight space. They weren't looking to spend much so she decided to skip having a wire attached.
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  6. MnSue

    MnSue SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    You might have been able to silicone a d-strap to the metal...once it had properly cured....it would have held the wire easily as the panels do not have much weight
  7. alacrity8

    alacrity8 MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Is the gallery wanting the art wired for conventional wall hooks, or are they wanting it wired for picture rail?
    If the former, and the riser on the back is a hollow metal tube, you can tap screw threads into the metal to allow you to attach d-rings.
    If the latter, you could tie loop of wire around the riser, and then run wire up from this loop. Not the strongest attachment method, but probably good for a show.
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