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Copper Pipe Picture Frame

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Frame pictures with a warm touch of copper. Each frame takes less than an hour to make.

Picture frames with copper trim.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Drill and 3/16-in bit
  • Hacksaw
  • Metal file
  • Screwdriver
  • Painter’s tape
  • Epoxy adhesive
  • Acetone

Materials

  • 1/2-in x 24-in copper pipe, #2037
  • 4 - 1/2-in copper cap fittings, #21728
  • 4 - 1/2-in Milford hangers, #301336
  • 2 - .093-in x 8-in x 10-in clear acrylic sheets, #72055

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Instructions

Step 1

Tape the two acrylic sheets together with the protective coverings in place. Place strips of tape on the top sheet at the top and bottom. On the tape, mark lines along the width of the sheet 1/4 inch from the top and bottom. Then mark the lines 1/2 inch in from each edge.

Step 2

Place the taped sheets on a piece of scrap wood and clamp the stack on a work surface. Drill a 3/16-inch hole through both sheets at each mark on the tape. Separate the sheets and remove the protective coverings.

Step 3

Cutting copper pipe.

Working in a well-ventilated area, use acetone to remove the labels and ink along the length of the pipe. Cut two 8-1/2-inch pieces. Inside each cap, lightly sand the copper to roughen the surface and then wipe it clean. Fasten caps to the ends of both pipes using epoxy adhesive.

Step 4

Use a hacksaw to cut the straps from the four Milford hangers and file the rough edges smooth. Remove the screws to separate the two halves of each hanger.

Step 5

Place the artwork centered between the two acrylic sheets. Place the strap halves in position above and below one of the holes and screw the halves together with only one screw. Repeat for the other three hangers on this frame and for the remaining frames.

Step 6

Slide a pipe through the hangers and center it along the width of the sheet. Insert the second screw on a hanger and tighten it in place. Repeat for the other hanger and again for the other pipe.

Step 7

Copper pipes add drama to these minimal frames without distracting from the artwork. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Measure between the inside edges of the hangers on the top of the framed art. Drive nails in the wall that distance apart where you’ll hang the artwork and rest the top pipe on the nails.