What nails to use for string art?

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Let’s nail it, shall we? Today, we’re going to talk about nails—no, not the ones we have on our hands, but the unsung heroes of string art! Get ready for a string-tastic adventure as we dive into the world of nails used in creating mesmerizing string art masterpieces. But don’t worry, we won’t hammer you with boring details—instead, we’ll spice things up with a touch of humor. So, sit tight, grab your favorite string, and let’s hammer out some fun together!

When it comes to string art projects, there are three main types of nails that I highly recommend. In fact, I use two of them in my daily stringing adventures. Each nail type has its pros and cons, and the choice ultimately depends on your personal preferences and what’s available in your country. Now, before we dive in, let’s address the burning question: Can you use screws for string art? Well, let’s just say I’m not the go-to expert in that area. So, let’s leave the screws aside and focus on the fabulous nails that will bring your string art to life!

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Lost Head Nails

lost head nails for string art

Let’s start with a nail that knows how to keep your strings in check: the lost head nail! Originally used for nailing floorboards, these little wonders are perfect for circular geometric designs. Their tiny heads might make you do a double-take, but fear not! Just make sure to give those strings a little push to keep them close to the head and prevent any mischievous slipping. Oh, and did we mention they come in an array of colors? Talk about adding a pop of personality to your artwork! They can be shorter or longer but the main indicator for these nails as name already explains – they hardly have a “head”.

Hardware Nails

Ah, the good old hardware nails! They might not be the prettiest, but boy, are they reliable. You can find them in your friendly neighborhood hardware store, and they come in handy pre-weighted packets or can be weighed to your heart’s desire. However, be careful if they’re made from cheaper steel – they might come with a bit of grime. But don’t worry, a quick dip in acetone will work wonders and leave them sparkling clean. Nobody wants dirty hands or a messy base, right? It is worth noting that nails washed in acetone may darken over time.

For a cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing look, consider zinc-coated hardware nails. They come in a silver color and remain clean over time, thanks to the manufacturing process.

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Decorative Nails

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string art nails

Now, let’s jazz things up a bit! Get ready for some serious pizzazz! We’re talking about those little gold-colored nail darlings that are practically a crime to color with paint or markers. Meet the escutcheon pins, the stars of the show! Originally meant for upholstery projects or shoemaking, these nails bring a touch of elegance to your string art. But here’s the catch: finding them in stores can be like searching for buried treasure. Show a picture from your trusty Google search to the store folks, or go ahead and order them online. Fair warning, though – they might be a bit pricier than other nail types. But trust us, the sophisticated charm they add to your creations is totally worth it!

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What size nails should you use?

They say size doesn’t matter, but in the world of string art, it’s all about finding the right nail for the job! Don’t underestimate the power of a small nail – it can create big things.

Thay being said, it depends on the specific project, I usually steer clear of going smaller than 10mm. Personally, I find that using 1.2mm (diameter) by 16mm (length) nails works well for me, especially for less intricate designs. These nails are fantastic for creating captivating silhouettes, thanks to their length that allows for dense layers of threads. So, go ahead and let your imagination run wild with the perfect-sized nails for your string art endeavors!


Now that you’re armed with nail knowledge, it’s time to let your imagination run wild! Choose the nails that speak to your creative soul and dive into the captivating world of string art. Remember, there are no limits to what you can create with nails and threads. So go ahead, weave your dreams into reality and watch your masterpieces come to life!

Thank you for joining us on this colorful adventure! We hope you found this article helpful and inspiring. Stay tuned for more exciting articles where we’ll uncover even more string art tips and tricks.

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