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Mary Ann--I like your idea. :) Either stretched canvas (with extra sturdy, "heavy duty" stretcher bars like I use) or a cradled wood panel (shaped like a stretched canvas, but all wood) can be hung like that.

You would need to make sure to use very sturdy hinges for that size knife painting, though. Paintings with such heavy texture are several pounds heavier than brush paintings because of all of the structure gel medium used.

If you do decide to go ahead with something like that, feel free to email me and we can work out designs, colors, prices, etc.
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Thank you so much everyone for the wonderful idea's and advice. My home was built in 1907, but a more modern fireplace was put in about 5 years ago and we are just about to reinstate a traditional large wooden mantel, so hopefully that will keep the heat away from the T.V. Love the painting idea!
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I don't have a mantel over my fireplace, but I do re position my chairs as tip # 10 suggests. Not only does it allow for more movement in the space, but it allows us to gain full access to the sliders/deck. However, this year I may try adding an urn in front as well. Thanks for the great ideas.
   

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