Transporting and Hanging Rectangular-Framed JackieMac Wall Hangings
Transporting or Shipping this Type of Wall Hanging
If the artwork is unlikely to be dropped or shaken about, then it should be fine to leave the glass attached to the frame while transporting the art work. Ensure that nothing heavy is dropped on to, or stacked on top of, the box containing the art work. A wrapping of bubble wrap may help to absorb shock and provide some protection. The art work should be laid flat with the frame at the bottom and the glass on top. Avoid lifting the art work by the glass. Lift it gently by the frame.
For long distance shipping it is best to carefully take the glass off the frame so that the glass can be fully supported by packing between polystyrene sheets (or something similar). If the glass is on the frame when the package is shaken or dropped, then instead of the impact being spread over the whole glass panel against soft polystyrene, the shock is transmitted through the two or four standoff brackets against the drilled (and vulnerable) part of the glass.
The decorative dichroic glass is fixed fairly firmly to the clear sheet of glass, but care must be taken not to knock or load any of the dichroic glass while moving it. It is just as fragile as standard glass.
The Glass Mounting Bolts Must Never Be Screwed Tight
The glass may be attached to the frame with two or four bolts that screw into standoff brackets. These bolts should never be tight. If the bolts are tight, this may over-stress the glass. The bolts should only ever be screwed in with just your fingers, and there should be two plastic washers on each bolt. One washer on top of the glass, and one washer underneath between the glass and the standoff bracket. When screwing in the bolts stop turning them before the washers start to get compressed.
Hanging the Rectangular-Framed Work
The frames have a top and a bottom. The glass work should be mounted with the top of the design sitting at the top of the frame. Although the art work and frames may look symmetrical, some of the holes in the glass may be a bit off-centre and the frames have been made to suit. The engraved writing on the back of the frame is a guide. The writing should be the ‘right way up’ when the work is mounted on the wall. The glass may fit on the frame upside down, but chances are it will not be sitting squarely… or some of the holes through the glass may not line up well with the mounting brackets.
If the frame has been knocked causing a bracket to shift, it should be possible to move the standoff bracket into position. The screws (with their heads inside the standoff brackets) can be loosened with a 2.5mm allen key and a spanner (there is a nut on the end of the screw, visible at the rear of the frame). When slightly loosened, the base of the bracket can be gently tapped sideways as the hole is considerably larger than the screw. Don’t forget to tighten the screw (gently) when the bracket is in the correct position. It is better to hold the allen key stationary, and to tighten the nut with a spanner to avoid moving the standoff bracket in the process.
The stainless steel frames can flex. Holes have been drilled through the frames to enable them to be screwed to a wall. If the artwork can be hung with just one strong screw through the top hole, then it should hang vertically. If the screw is tightened really hard, then it may flex the top part of the frame and cause the standoff brackets to move enough to ‘pinch’ the glass and overload it. So… please don’t over-tighten the hanging screws. In our own home we use just one screw to mount these works.
If you use more than one screw, it is even more important not to over tighten these extra screws as this may significantly flex the frame and stress the glass. It is possible that the frame is not perfectly flat when it leaves the gallery, so if it is screwed tightly to a flat wall then the frame will be pulled flat against the wall, thus moving the standoff brackets in relation to each other and possibly stressing the glass. This may be less of a problem if the standoff bolts are kept quite loose at all times during the hanging. You may prefer to hang the frame without the glass attached. Ideally, it is good to have some able assistance when refitting the glass to the frame in a vertical position.
To make the frames totally rigid so that they are unlikely to suffer any significant flexing or warping would result in ‘too much’ frame, and greater expense in manufacture. The glass does not need an elaborate frame to hold it in place.