Making our homes beautiful is usually the reason we hang things on our walls. It shows our personality, it tells a story about ourselves and our family, and it also makes us feel good. Beautiful wood crafted wall hangings, frames, and other wooden decor are used to enhance and give richness to the room in which they are placed.
Hanging woodcraft of any kind, be it a piece of crafted art or a painting should be considered carefully. The size of the wall being earmarked for this project is important, to determine how high or low the pieces are to be hung. This will also determine how well the pieces will be viewed. Say for example the occupant of the home is short or tall. If short, then, the pieces need to be placed where they can be comfortably looked at. If they are placed too high then the person looking at the picture may feel as if they are about to fall backwards from looking up too long or too high. If the occupant is tall then the pieces need to be hung at eye level or about 57” from the floor.This is general for the average height person or standard for galleries and museums which makes it comfortable viewing for most.
A Beauty To Behold
There are various techniques that can be used in hanging pieces to get the best results, the pieces being hung should basically tell a story. Before hanging your wonderful crafts or paintings you need to arrange them in a group on a flat surface; eg. a table or the floor.This will allow you to see how they will look when hung and also to help you to arrange them however you like. Doing this enables you to re-arrange your pieces until you are satisfied with how you want them to look as your finished work. If you do not do this, after you hang your pieces and don’t like the result, you will find that you have a wall full of holes! Unsightly! Then you have the job to repair your handy work and are unhappy with what you have done. To avoid this, using paper will help. Just arrange your pieces on the paper how you envision them to look on the wall. Trace around the pieces. When you are finished, hang the paper on the wall to see if you like the effect. If you do then you are on your way. Measure the area for hanging, mark out the positions on the wall with a pencil. Then you are ready to hang.
If the pieces are small nix nax and they are to be displayed on shelves, then you also need to mark out your space for easy hanging. Determine the effect you want or the statement you want to make with your display before you go out and buy your shelves. This will make your work a lot easier. If you are going to get your shelves custom made this will enable you to get exactly what you want. Which is not a bad idea because of the kind of project which you are undertaking. Keeping it simple will enhance your pieces which you want to display. Make sure your project reflect you at all times.
Proper Tools to Use
You will need a hammer, nails or wall screws, pencil, level (for precision),and you can use one of the more modern gadgets called Picture Hanger Tool for Gallery Frame which will help you in making more precise marks for hanging your paintings.
Using adhesive will depend on the type of wall surface you have. If your wall is smooth or lightly textured, non-porous, or painted then you have a wide variety of adhesives that are on the market to choose from. Because it is so easy to use then you are able to stick to it. Brands are in the region of 3M products; 3M command strips, 3M Heavy duty Mounting tape. Scotch also has brands on the market which you can choose from. Products are even available to eliminate the hassle of drilling walls to hang drapes.This is so easy, why did they not have them in my mother and grandmother’s time? I remember when fingers got banged while doing these jobs.
Hooks are another good hanger to use for mounting your pieces. There are basically two types of hooks; nickel plated and brass plated. These are used pretty much based on the weight of the piece being hung. For heavy pieces it is recommended using double the support. Which means you use two hooks spaced on either side of the width of the frame. This gives the picture balance and support which means it is a lot more sturdy than a single hook hanger.
For drywall or wooden panels it is suggested using nickel plated hooks. These are manufactured to give the support you need. The brass plated hooks can be used on real concrete walls. This is because the nails which comes in the package will handle the material that is used to make these walls, and in the event you need to remove them then the repair is minimal. The nails are made from needle pointed steel which helps with penetration.
Is Weight an Issue?
Heavy items will require some investigation in order to get the proper hangers to mount your pieces. The adhesive hangers available have manufacturer’s recommended tips to guide you based on the weight of the pieces you will be hanging. For the more ancient route, the size nails or screws will determine the weight of the pictures or crafts you wish to hang.
Consider the type of wall hanger you will need to mount your pieces, whether you are hanging heavy or regular weight. Carvings, trophy pieces, or metal will be harder to hang. Wall surfaces will also need to be taken into consideration and wall types. Wood,concrete , sheetrock or paper all require different hangers to give you the best results.
Think of it this way…if the piece is too heavy, and you use too small a nail or an adhesive that requires a stronger manufacturer’s recommendation, guess what will happen!
The Mounting of Small Items
For handcrafted items like jewelry boxes, trinket boxes, tool boxes, cosmetic trays, spice racks, racks for displaying tiny figurines, bookends, collectors items, or pieces you have made and wish to display, some skill in displaying these pieces is required. You may want to consider using crafted display furniture like these:
1 Venus Martin 1890 Oval Curved Glass Vitrine or Curio Cabinet
2 China display cabinet
3 French Gold Leaf Curved Glass Vitrine
4 Mid Century Modern 1955 Vintage China Cabinet or Bookcase
5 Rosewood and Marquetry Etagere Curio Display Cabinet
These are just suggestions to use for your displays to ensure you get the best effect when they are viewed and which may be also used as a conversation piece. Your knowledge and the presentation of these articles along with your display case will make you the envy of all!
Shelves may also be used to display your collection to your advantage.They can be either mounted on walls or standing in a corner, or placed by a wall. The idea is to use whatever is available to you so your precious collection can be safe and stored for display. What you like is up to you.
Here are some suggestions for you if you are on a budget. These pieces are just as nice and indeed will also become conversation pieces.
1 Antique vintage wall Shelves Victorian Cut Out What Not
2 Twin vintage Storage Display Shelf Box
3 Vintage Wood Wall Shelf Small Shabby White CHIC display
4 Vintage Chinese Wooden Shelf for Small collection
5 Vintage Gothic Hanging Wood Curio Display Rack
6 Country Cottage Spice Rack
7 Vintage Decorative Corner Display Stand Alone Shelf
Wood Crafted pieces whether they are hand made picture frames, art pieces, boxes, racks, or odds and ends which you have put your love into making need to be treasured. They need to be cherished as they can be passed down through the generations. These are keepsakes.
Wood Craft is a dying art. Plastic is taking over and how long lasting is this? There is no beauty to them so they will be discarded in no time. They may be practical, but wooden pieces are also practical. I for one like using wooden spoons for cooking. I like antique furnishings. I like the victorian era. I like history. Wood Craft keeps us grounded. For the beauty found in wood there is no comparison. For those of us who love wood craft we need to stick together. We know the value of what others are missing. It is like a wonderful ten course meal, for which we dress up in our finest threads to go out and enjoy. This event is remembered for a long time. So is the art of wood craft which needs to be treasured and remembered.