I have a mirror surrounded by a decorative plaster or paris cast that "used to" hang via some rings embedded in the plaster and connected by picture wire. Weight is about 10 lbs.
After 20 years, it fell and I'm trying to figure out how to rehang since, I assume, that initially the rings were embedded when the item was cast.
Initial thoughts are: small **** with anchors (at some points it is 1 1/2" think to which screws are screwed and then wires placed between but I'm concerned about whether this would hold or, of course, a small shelf.
Any other thoughts?
What caused it to fall? Are the rings still on? If the rings are still there, you can use them again. If not, I think the mirror isn't too heavy for screws.
This happens a lot, when rings are simply embedded into the plaster while it's setting up. The problem is, plaster and metal don't get along too well.
Get your hands on some Durham's Water Putty. It's a wood putty you can mix strong or weak, depending on the job.
Take a small drill bit and drill a hole, starting with where the ring originally pulled out, and make an angle hole. Like leaning off to the side. I'd drill a hole off to the left and the right, to provide a stronger anchor. Drill out the hole the ring left behind, to make it a little bigger.
You can use the same rings or just get some strong wire and loop it.
Use a syringe to inject the water putty down into the freshly drilled holes, then pack water putty into the larger hole where you're going to insert a ring (or loop). Make sure there's some sort of anchor in your ring or loop. Like say you're using wire - twist it so that you have a ring but then also bend up the loose ends to form a hook.Wire with nothing more than a straight end will eventually let loose. Wire with hooks ends would have to cut through the dried putty. Makes it stronger.
You will have to make a fairly loose mixture of putty to inject it but then when you get to the large center hole (where the ring came out), mix it as thick as you can, then pack it in tight. The thicker, the stronger.
The drilled holes off to the side, form legs to your patch job, making that stronger too.
This is called a restoration job.
Thank you so much. You can't imagine how many people I've asked at hardware stores, framing stores, art stores and no one could help me. Much appreciation for your suggestion/clear description.
You're most welcome. I just don't know what I'd do without my Durham's. I even had to repair a bracket for the blinds because some dummy thought drywall would be secure. Yeah right. Another hole filled with Durham's
Judy...wow...thanks so much...I had never thought of this either...but it makes a LOT of sense....
Hi, I recently made a plaster frame for my youngest son of his little newborn feet. I messed up and put the hangar on upside down. Now I can't figure out how to attach another hanger strong enough to hold it. It's very precious to me and I would just die if I feel off the wall and broke. Please help, you sound like you know what you are doing
HI BRITTANYKAZ. why don't you buy a small amount of silicone mould rubber. the silicone will not shrink. and make a mould of the piece you have and make another plaster casting. and this time you can put the picture hanger the right way round and keep the original how it is. after all it is your first one you made.