KIT frame supplies all regular framing jobs with D-rings & nylon cord. We have found these to be most satisfactory. However if you wish to use braided steel wire or chain etc, you can find these at most hardware shops & some other picture framers.
The act of putting on your hangers should be very easy. So follow these simple steps & you should have no problems at all.
6.1 Things you'll need.
To hang your picture you will need
- A clean working surface..
- Your assembled KIT frame bits.
- A screw driver
Things that will be helpful.
6.2 Placement & marking.
The simplest way to place your hangers is to make a rough estimation of where they should sit, measure it & transfer it to the other side so you will have a level picture. Some people & framers have strict ratios they abide by, using formulas including the weight, width & height of the frame. This can get complicated, so for general purposes something like a 10% rule is easily applicable. This means put the hanger at 10% of the height of the picture from the top. For example, if you have a 1000mm high frame, put the hanger 100mm from the top.
There are a myriad of exceptions to this rule including if the width of the frame surpasses this 10% mark, or if the frame is very wide. Though generally it is a good rule of thumb.
And as is mentioned. Remember to mark your hanging positions at equal heights.
Some gallery hanging systems need to come down a fair way behind the picture to hide the specialised hooks. Check with your gallery if you are using one.
And remember that the higher you hang your picture, the straighter it will sit on the wall.
Now you know where your hangers will be, you may need to prepare the site for affixing the D-rings. Basically the only thing you need to do is make sure the screw is shorter than the width of timber you will be screwing into. And possibly pre drill a hole in narrow hardwood profiles.
You don't need to use the cord supplied with your KIT frame package at all. Instead many people simply hang off the D-rings. They give greater accuracy, though can be more time consuming to use.
When you do tie your string to the D-rings, be sure to use a good knot. If you don't know how to make fancy knots, just use a heap of simple ones.
Make sure your string is tight & secure. Nylon will stretch over time, so don't make it too loose, or it will become vi sable over the top of the frame.
It is a good idea to stop the ends of the nylon cord from fraying by taping or burning them. This will stop it from becoming un wound over time & dropping your picture.
There are a number of alternative methods to our D-rings.
||Only to be used on light works.
||Good for temporary displays & assessments.
||For when there is a high chance of theft.
||For hanging unframed pictures by their backing.