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Artist recommends using 4" dry wall screws inserted at an angle to hang his art. This does not look sturdy. Any ideas ? The art is a large ceramic tic tac where 2" of the screw is inserted in one end for hanging purposes.

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For starters, how much does it weigh? When you say drywall screws, do you mean regular drywall screws, or drywall anchors? Can you shift the artwork sideways a little bit so you can hit a stud? –  Doresoom Feb 5 at 20:31
    
I am not sure an artist is the best place to get advice on how to hang stuff on a wall. Most large art does not have a "hole" to hang things because this cause projections and tilting. –  DMoore Feb 5 at 21:00
    
Running this screw into a stud is the only way it will hold up at the angle needed to hold the artwork in place –  Jack Feb 5 at 21:47
    
Drywall itself is only 3/8 or 1/2 inch thick in most applications. Even with 2" sticking out, a 4" screw just sticks 1 1/2" into a hollow cavity. –  bib Feb 5 at 23:31
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You are much better off using an anchor that is probably way over engineered for your artwork. For instance I would get a 150 lb anchor (or even better) like this. If you go straight into the stud you can really need a thicker screw for a lot of weight or it could sag. Problem I would foresee is the hole in artwork for screw not being big or deep enough for said screw.

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I need to hang 14 of these pieces in a 7 x7 area, each weighs about 1 lb. –  Chris Feb 5 at 23:12
    
There are smaller self screw anchors but the example would work for that too - or its little brother. –  DMoore Feb 5 at 23:21
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OP commented that each piece is only 1 lb. At this tiny weight, anything will do the job. If you can guarantee no one will touch them, any kind of nail or screw is perfectly fine. If you need something a little sturdier, use any kind of drywall anchor you can find. This will prevent movement and damage to the drywall if any of the pieces are bumped.

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