The following describes some of the potential uses customers have developed for the Disc Plate Hanger over the last 30 years. In addition, it provides tips from the manufacturer.
All fired materials, such as unglazed backs of wall tiles, terracotta etc.
Note: Plaster of Paris is not that strong, and may give way under its own weight. Consequently, even though the Disc Plate Hanger sticks well, we do not recommend its use on Plaster of Paris.
China and porcelain bowls
You cannot display these using traditional wires, but, you obtain a stunning 3D effect obtained by hanging bowls using the Disc.
The transparency of glass items does not generally lend itself to display by Discs, but some glass objects display beautifully.
Copper, brass, and silver plates
In addition to these metals, other metals may be acceptable, but you need to check these on a case by case basis. Weight is the important factor, as the diameter guide on the provided instructions is for china and porcelain. The maximum recommended weights for each size, are as follows:
1 1/4" (30mm) - 1lb (500g)
2" (50mm) - 2lbs (1Kg)
3" (75mm) - 3lbs (1.5Kg)
4" (100mm) - 5.5lbs (2.5Kg)
5" (140mm) - 7lbs (3Kg)
Two Discs connected by a strong cord or wire may be used to display heavier objects. (You can adopt this same "picture hanging" approach for hanging awkward shaped items or orientation sensitive items.) The above weight limits are very conservative. They are based on the strength and integrity of the cloth and Dee-Rings, not the bond strength between the glue and the surface object's surface.
WHATEVER THE APPLICATION, YOU MUST ADEQUATLY PREPARE THE ARTICLE.
Some people hang mirrors, however, success depends on the "silvering" materials used on the back of the mirror glass. We do not guarantee success. You can try this at your own risk.
Unvarished wooden articles and hardboard backed pictures
The Discs stick to some varnishes, but not others (the same applies to paint). We recommend customers try it, and if it does not stick to the varnish, remove it. The water soluble glue does not stick to vegetable oils, such as Linseed. Anything "oiled" will reject the glue.
Note: Some manufacturers paint the back of plates on the top of the glaze or fired surfaces. We recommend that you locally remove the paint on glass or porcelain. as the bond between the paint and the plate is often inadequate to suspend the weight of the plate over a long period.
Very Important: The manufacturer does not recommend using the discs on plastic, acrylic, or melamine material. We do not recommend the use of the hangers with iron charges. We do not recommend the use of our plate hangers with the Southern Living at Home Terrace Appetizer Plate and chargers as featured in their catalog. We tested these charges and plates with our plate hangers and they do not adhere. Our distributor has contacted Southern Living asking them to put a retraction in their online catalog and also inform their sales force, but they have not yet done so. They indicate that they were able to get the plates to hang with our plate hangers (we cannot). If you use our plate hangers for any of the applications above, you do so at your own risk.