I made a quilt hanger to photograph my quilts and I’d like to share the tutorial.
The size of everything you get depends on the thickness of your wire. I chose medium duty, which in retrospect was probably unnecessary, but what’s done is done.
You can buy everything prepackaged or individually.
I bought everything individually and didn’t get the drop loop pictured in the cable clamp kit.
This vinyl coated wire is thick and hard to cut so unless you have some big wire cutters at home, I suggest measuring your space and buying it by the foot. Be sure to add 10” – 12” inches to whatever your measurement is, this is for the loops and tails.
Also, I bought the clip rings for convenience. When I go out to hang a quilt I want the clips to already be on the wire. Yes, they are already kind of rusty but they were cheap and I have more that I can coat w/Rust-Oleum which may slow down the rusting process. Another option would be clothespins.
With all of this being said, you will need:
- Coated wire
- 1 turnbuckle
- 2 screw eyes
- 2 cable clamps
- drill bit smaller in diameter than the screw on the screw eyes
**I strongly suggest pre-drilling screw holes/pilot holes. It is very difficult to install the screw eyes otherwise.
When you decide where you want to install your quilt hanger:
- Drill a pilot hole in each side and screw a screw eye into each pilot hole.
- Starting w/the stationary end, the end without the turnbuckle –
thread one end of the coated wire thru the wire clamp and exposed screw eye (the round end of the screw eye, the screw part is in the wood), fold it over on itself, and stick the tail back thru wire clamp. Don’t make the loop too short, and leave a tail of at least 2 inches. Then secure the coated wire by tightening the little nuts on the screws of the wire clamps.
- If you are using clip rings, now would be a good time to string them on the wire.
- Then do the exact same thing you did on the stationary end to the loop end of the turnbuckle. Thread one end of the coated wire thru the wire clamp and the round end of turnbuckle, fold it over on itself, and stick the tail back thru wire clamp. Don’t make the loop too short, and leave a tail of at least 2 inches. Then secure the coated wire by tightening the little nuts on the screws of the wire clamps.
- Lastly hook the hook end of the turnbuckle onto the screw eye(the round end of the screw eye, the screw part is in the wood) and tighten the wire by turning the body on the turnbuckle.
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