Shown here is a simple method for A) removing a stay tab from a soda can with the rivet-ring intact, and B) attaching the tab to a wooden frame or board using the rivet ring. The pull-ring is then conveniently used for hanging from a nail.
Step #1: Turn tab aroundNext
- Rotate the tab around the rivet until the pull ring is directly over the open mouth of the can.
Step #2: Remove tabNext
- Grasp the short end of the tab with a pair of pliers, as shown.
- Bend the tab down into the mouth of the can while pulling up at the same time.
- The tab should pop neatly off the rivet with the ring intact.
Step #3: Attach to frameNext
- Mark a convenient centered location in the upper back surface of the piece to be hung.
- Set the tab in position with the rivet hole over the mark.
- Drive a short wood screw through the tab's rivet hole into the marked location.
- If your piece is softwood, like pine, a pilot hole is probably not necessary. If it's hardwood, you may want to drill a very small pilot hole first.
Step #4: Bend ring out, if neededNext
- You may find that the pull ring on the mounted tab does not have sufficient clearance from the wood to go over a nail head.
- If so, insert a flat-blade screwdriver under the pull ring, as shown, and gently pry it out away from the wood.
Step #5: Hang it up
- Drive a small nail in the wall where you want the picture to hang. A slight downward angle is best.
- Slip the pull ring over the nail head.
- Straighten the picture, and you're done.
- (And yes, before anyone asks, we know the inscription on the back is upside-down. Mom was very upset with herself.)
Obviously, one should use caution when hanging heavy, valuable, or fragile items, but you will probably be surprised at how strong these hangers are.