step by step instructions
Assemble tools and supplies. For assembling a metal frame you will need: 4 frame sides, polybag of hardware, wire, wire cutters, screwdriver, and a measuring tape.
Open the polybag of hardware. It consists of 4 corner angles with screws, 4 thin corner angles without screws, 10 spring clips, 2 hangers, and 2 bumpers.
Sort the corner angles with the screws from the thin angles making sure the Nielson logo is facing up on both. Then place the corner angle with the screw over the thin corner angle. This makes a corner angle “package”.
Take a long side and a short side of the frame and turn them upside down and slide the corner angle “package” into the channel in the back of the frame.
FRAMERS TIP: Before you start separate the frame sides into longs and shorts. This is a way to remind yourself that you always attach a short side to a long side.
Firmly holding the corner together with one hand, tighten the screws on 3 corners of the frame. When the top angle is tightened the pressure on the bottom angle makes the corner come together.
Next you slide the frame over the glazing and artwork package. Make sure that you slide the frame over both the glazing and the artwork at the same time. If you do it separately you are more likely to get small specks under the glazing and will have to reclean the art package. Before you turn the frame upside down and attach the fourth side be sure and examine carefully. If there are any problems correct them.
Now take the fourth side with the hardware inserted into each end and slide it into the 3 sided frame and tighten the screws.
You are now ready to insert the spring clips. Slide them under the back channel of the frame behind the artwork. Spring clips can be adjusted to fit the space you have behind your artwork and the frame. If you have a small space flatten them to make it easier to insert. Conversely, if you have a large space you can increase the tension in the clips before you slide them under.
You next measure where to place the hangers. We recommend that you place them about 1/3 down from the top of the frame. Tip: before you start double check that you know which is the top of the frame.
This is how you place the hanger into the channel. If it is hard to get in loosen the screw slightly and it will snap into the channel.
Now screw both hangers into the frame.
You are now ready to attached the wire. To make it easier we recommend cutting the wire slightly larger than the frame. This will make it easer to thread the wire through the holes in the hangers.
Put the wire in the hole in the hanger and then a second time so there is at least two loops. Then twist the wire around itself so it is secure. Cut off any excess wire.
The top of the wire should be about 1/3 of the way from the top of the frame to the hanging devices. Pull the wire to determine the length before looping it through the hole in the second hanger. When finished pull it firmly to pull any kinks out.
To attach the bumpers remove the paper and put it on the bottom of the each frame corner. Bumpers are used to prevent marring of the wall surface behind the frame and to help keep pictures level on the wall
Turn the picture over and it is ready to hang on the wall.