DIY Tool When Dealing with OZ Clips in Tight Spaces

Hello Everyone,

Have you ever had a painting where the space between the painting and its crate or travel frame was so tight that you had to use either your middle and first fingers or god forbid needle nose pliers to get the wing nuts off the OZ Clips? Yep, it’s happened to us more than once. We made this handy tool to get the job done.  It’s made of PVC so as to be as neutral and forgiving to the painting as possible. Version 1.0 was made of wood.  While the wood is heartier the PVC will be more gentle if it happens to come in contact with the painting. You’ll notice that the slot for the wing nut is getting a little chewed up, we’ll see how many years it lasts. Version 3.0 might use a PH neutral buffer instead of the gaffers tape we are using here, any suggestions?  Perhaps nothing would actually be better. I think the pictures tell the story.  Enjoy.IMG_0517 IMG_0516 IMG_0515 IMG_0514 IMG_0513 IMG_0512

Matt Isble

I have more than seventeen years of professional development in the area of exhibit design and installation, working for a variety of institutions and private clientele from Carmel California to Portland Oregon. I received my masters degree in Museum Studies with an emphasis in education and interpretation from John F. Kennedy University. In my current capacity at the Crocker Art Museum I direct the exhibition design and work with both the curatorial and education departments to create engaging museum experiences for visitors. Specialties include: Exhibition design, project management, chief preparator, lighting design, volunteer coordination, and facilities management.

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