How to hang metal wall art

Lee in Beautiful Charleston SC

Grumbler in Training
Jul 11, 2005
Charleston, SC
This may be more a question for the local hardware store, but I thought I'd try asking here first.... I have a piece of folk art I'd like to hang. It is painted on a tin roofing shingle, and is moderately heavy. My problem is that I cannot find a way to attach a hanging cord to the back of this painting. Does any one know a glue that is strong enough to bond a cord to a fairly heavy piece of tin? Super glue and gobs of tape did not work. Or is there another solution?

This actually might be a place for the Dreaded Silicone. I have had some success with sinking a cord into a big ol' glob of silicone, waiting for it to dry and then crossing my fingers... Note disclaimer below...
Do magnets work with tin?

Glue some strong magnets to a small peice of wood smaller than the peice and have the wire on the back of the wood.
we got a hold of this stuff once that came in a sort of tube, foamed up when it came out, dried hard as a rock, and wasc a bitch to remove.... only used in extreme circumstances and i vcan't remember what it was called.
man that stuff was hardcore!!!!
I was following up on some of the leads given to me here, and I came across a product called J-B Weld. It's a cold weld that's supposed to bond metal to metal (maybe a copper wire to the back of the tin shingle?). The product stats say it has a tensile strength of 3960 psi. Sounds pretty dang strong. Anyone heard of it, or had experience using it?


Nasty stuff. Had a friend rebuild my chevy 350 with JB weld.. ran like a scalded kitty.... IE It over heated all the time.

When a real mechanic went to split the block to rebuild the engine.... it wouldn't.

At 6', I'm considered by some as moderately heavy at 260lbs.. what do you concider "moderately heavy"?

Under 50lbs I have no worries. heck Under 300 Lbs I have no worries.... I don't live under you. :D

try it. JB some stirrups to it.
Baer's right about J-B Weld! Follow the directions, and it works great. I've seen it used, and used it myself many times on auto repairs. Anything that'll patch, plug a hole in, or stick to a cast iron engine block ought to work ok for you!
I use a product called PC-METAL. You can purchase this from your local hardware store. It's for metal repair of all kinds. You just slice off the size you want and then knead the product until the two colors are completely mixed. It cures in 30 to 60 minutes.

I put a small lump of it on my screen door several years ago and it will not come off! I would think it would adhere a metal hanger to the back of the piece you're working on.


I agree with either the PC Metal or the JB Weld - both stick like crazy. The PC products are slightly easier to use - being more moldable or less sticky. I use the PC wood epoxies all the time.

It always helps to scuff up the metal beforehand where the epoxy is to go. Just to give you more surface to grip. A file will do this nicely.