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Strong Flexible Braided Steel Wire
All Sizes Cut, Bend and Wrap Easily
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No. 2 Braided Picture Wire

#2 Braided Wire

HWR-740-2

$.85
10-foot coil
#2 braided picture wire

Qty Coils:

BULK PRICING (PER COIL): $.81 for 15 or more coils

also available in full spools

 

No. 3 Braided Picture Wire

#3 Braided Wire

HWR-740-3

$1.20
10-foot coil
#3 braided picture wire

Qty Coils:

BULK PRICING (PER COIL): $1.14 for 15 or more coils

also available in full spools

 

No. 4 Braided Picture Wire

#4 Braided Wire

HWR-740-4

$1.30
10-foot coil
#4 braided picture wire

Qty Coils:

BULK PRICING (PER COIL): $1.24 for 15 or more coils

also available in full spools

 

No. 6 Braided Picture Wire

#6 Braided Wire

HWR-740-6

$1.40
10-foot coil
#6 braided picture wire

Qty Coils:

BULK PRICING (PER COIL): $1.33 for 15 or more coils

also available in full spools

 

No. 8 Braided Picture Wire

#8 Braided Wire

HWR-740-8

$1.50
10-foot coil
#8 braided picture wire

Qty Coils:

BULK PRICING (PER COIL): $1.43 for 15 or more coils

also available in full spools

 

Need a larger quantity? Order a full spool.

Braided Picture Wire - Full Spools

Part No.
Item
Spool Qty.
Price
Order Form
BOX-740-2
#2 Braided Wire
1,500 feet
$32.95

BOX-740-3
#3 Braided Wire
1,125 feet
$32.95

BOX-740-4
#4 Braided Wire
900 feet
$32.95

BOX-740-6
#6 Braided Wire
650 feet
$32.95

BOX-740-8
#8 Braided Wire
500 feet
$32.95

 

Sample Pack

Braided Picture Wire - Sample Pack

short 6" pieces of each of the five wire sizes offered above, for comparison purposes
SMP-102
Braided Wire Sample Pack
5 pieces
$2.00

 

ORDERING INFORMATION

Our minimum order is $20.
You may submit an order for less, but a $5 small order fee will be added.
Prefer to order by telephone?
Phone orders accepted Mon-Fri, 10-5 (Eastern Time): 919-732-8364.
Bulk and continuous length coil wire orders may require extra time to ship.
bulk pricing general info

 

Specifications: Braided Picture Wire

Braided picture wire is made from braided strands of thin galvanized steel wire. This makes the finished wire strong, yet still flexible enough to bend and wrap easily.

As braided wire sizes go up, the number of individual strands contained in the wire increases. Thus, each successive wire size is heavier, larger in diameter and stronger.

We sell braided picture wire in 10-foot coils and also in full spools. One 10-foot coil is usually enough to hang several framed pictures, depending on the size (width) of the pictures you have to hang. If you need a larger quantity, consider purchasing a full spool.

Each picture you intend to hang will require a length of picture wire approximately 1 1/2 times the width of the picture.

 

#2 braided picture wire

#3 braided picture wire

No. 2 Braided Picture Wire
12 lbs. Max. Picture Weight
#2 Braided Wire - HWR-740-2
No. 3 Braided Picture Wire
16 lbs. Max. Picture Weight
#3 Braided Wire - HWR-740-3

 

#4 braided picture wire

#6 braided picture wire

No. 4 Braided Picture Wire
20 lbs. Max. Picture Weight
#4 Braided Wire - HWR-740-4
No. 6 Braided Picture Wire
28 lbs. Max. Picture Weight
#6 Braided Wire - HWR-740-6

 

#8 braided picture wire

No. 8 Braided Picture Wire
36 lbs. Max. Picture Weight
#8 Braided Wire - HWR-740-8

 

Please note that each braided picture wire size carries a Maximum Picture Weight designation. Over the years there has been general consensus among professional picture framers that this number represents the maximum amount of weight that can be safely carried by a given wire size.

In the case of braided picture wire, the Maximum Picture Weight is set at about 25% of the Wire Breaking Point (the point at which the wire, under ideal test conditions, will fail).

If these Maximum Picture Weight designations seem overly conservative, keep in mind that pictures are often left hanging on walls for years, even decades, under all sorts of conditions, and the picture wire must continue to do its job.

When hanging pictures, DO NOT exceed the specified Maximum Picture Weight for the picture wire you are using.

 

Braided Picture Wire
Size Designation
Wire Diameter
Max Picture Weight
Wire Breaking Point
#2
.040"
12 lbs.
50 lbs.
#3
.050"
16 lbs.
68 lbs.
#4
.060"
20 lbs.
86 lbs.
#6
.080"
28 lbs.
119 lbs.
#8
.090"
36 lbs.
145 lbs.

 

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Braided Picture Wire Detail
Braided Sizes #2 (bottom) to #8 (top)

 

Braided Picture Wire Coils in Continuous Length

If you prefer, we can supply braided picture wire coils in one continuous length at no extra cost--in 10-foot increments up to 100 feet long (for example, one 60-foot coil instead of six individual 10-foot coils). You must specify this option at the time of ordering by using the Special Instructions/Comments box on the shopping cart checkout form.

The maximum continuous length coil we can provide is 100 feet long.

Order the number of 10-foot coils that equals the total length you need and ask us for "continuous length" when you submit your order.

A continuous length coil of picture wire will cut down on waste if you have a lot of pictures to hang, but these longer coils of wire can get unwieldy and tangled if you are not careful when using them.

Specifying continuous length coil wire will usually delay shipment of your order a day or two since this is done on a custom basis.

 

Braided Picture Wire in Full Spools

We also supply braided wire in full spools. Each spool weighs approximately 5 lbs. The length of wire supplied on a full spool is different for each wire size--see the order form above.

 

Additional Notes

• Braided picture wire bends and wraps very easily while maintaining its structural integrity. It can be cut easily with any sort of wire clippers--even an old pair of scissors can be used in a pinch (scissor blades may get damaged).

• Braided picture wire can be doubled (two lengths of wire wrapped loosely around each other to make a single thicker wire) in order to create additional hanging strength. This is usually done with the larger wire sizes where sizing up is not an option.

• Handle the cut ends of braided picture wire carefully to avoid pricking your fingers.

• If you'd like to get a sample piece of each of the five sizes of braided wire wire that we carry, order a sample pack. If you are not ordering anything else along with it, please read our policy on sample-only orders here.

  

Instructions: Braided Picture Wire

The method illustrated below is the correct way to attach picture wire to most picture frame hangers. The final wrapping loops should be tight, as shown, but they need not extend a great distance along the wire.

Leave enough slack in the wire so that when it is pulled taut up against the back of the frame, the center (highest) point of the wire reaches about half the distance between an imaginary straight line drawn between the two hangers and the top of the frame.

 

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