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Jun092013

Using magnets to display delicate artworks

Recently I was given the task of determining an appropriate mounting solution for an exhibition on barkcloths from Papau New Guinea and Central Africa.  The works had to hang vertically and I could not pin, stitch or glue hinge the barkcloths to backing boards without damaging them.  So after some research and consultation, I decided to use rare earth magnets.  Rare earth magnets are extremely strong and can hold a sizable load.  A 1/2" diameter x 3/8" depth can hold almost 5 lbs!  I utilized a metal foil with an adhesive backing that was placed around the edges of the backing boards.  The magnets were painted to match the barkcloths and places around the edges.  The magnets successfully held up the barkcloths for the length of the exhibit without damaging them.  Click here for article I wrote about mounting with magnets that is pending publication.

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