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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. 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)
As braided wire sizes go up, the number of individual strands contained in the wire increases. A higher wire number means the wire size is heavier, larger in diameter and stronger.
Each picture you intend to hang will require a length of picture wire approximately 1 1/2 times the width of the picture.
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.
Braided Picture Wire Maximum Picture Weight
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.
hanging pictures, DO NOT exceed the specified Maximum
Picture Weight for the picture wire you are