Use copper to hang tapestry – You might enjoy an inexpensive idea for how to hang your vintage rugs, tapestries. I’m a big fan of copper. Just love that warm metallic tone. Since copper was big in the 70’s, it seems like a suitable replacement to the traditional wooden dowel rod you find on most wall hangings. Here’s what you need to create a copper pipe tapestry rod. Supplies are 1/2 copper tube in a 3 foot cut length, 1/2 copper caps, 1 package of 3/4 copper clamps and nails.
Although to use copper to hang tapestry clamps come in matching 1/2 size, it’s important to get one size larger and get the 3, 4 clamps. I did not need to cut my 3 foot tube, but if you do need a shorter length, you can buy a small pipe. They are easy to use, and will probably come in handy again. There are so many cool things you can make with pipes. Put the end caps onto your tube. They should slide on easily. If they’re loose, you can crimp them a bit with pliers, or stick some double sided tape or glue in there. They give the rod a nice finished look.
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Find your center point on the wall and mark with a pencil. Measure how long your rod is and subtract 4, allowing your pipe to stick out past the clamps by 2 on each side. Mark the distance from your center mark on both sides. This measurement will make sure your rod is level. If you have a level, hold up the rod and check your measurements. I have plaster walls so instead of the provided use copper to hang tapestry nails. I had to use short screws. I covered them with copper tape that I had in my soldering supplies to match the color of the clamps. This worked well, but simply buying copper screws would be a better alternative. Screw in your top holes on each side, and drill out the bottom holes, screwing them in.