Unusual and rare weapons make interesting displays on walls or mantles. If you collect interesting antiques, displaying them encourages discussion and allows you to admire your purchase easily. For some decorating styles, such as African or South American, a spear is a natural addition to your decor and provides a strong vertical or horizontal element. Two spears are usually displayed crossed with the points upward, but one spear can be placed horizontally or vertically.
Things You'll Need
- Wall-mounted soap dish
- 1 or 2 wall-mounted cup holders
- Drill with cross tip bit
Position the spear on the wall vertically and make a mark at the bottom where you want the spear to rest. Make a second mark one-third of the way down from the top of the spear, but below the spearhead. Use the level to check that the spear is straight and the two marks are directly above each other.
Install the soap dish at the bottom of the spear. Soap dishes come with metal brackets that you attach to the wall with screws. Center the support brackets over the lowest mark you made and place the point of the awl in the center of the screw hole. Tap the backside of the awl lightly with a hammer. Place the tip of the screw through the support bracket hole and into the hole you tapped into the wall. Install the screw securing the metal holder to the wall. Install the second screw the same way.
Align the soap dish over the bracket, right side up, and slide the soap dish down over the metal brackets creating a platform for the spear butt.
Position the cup holder over the upper mark you made and install the metal brackets, tapping starter holes with the hammer and awl, screwing in the screws with the drill.
Slide the spear through the hole in the cup holder. Slide the cup holder up the spear and align it with the metal bracket, sliding it down over the bracket. Support the bottom of the spear on the soap dish.
Tips & Warnings
- If you want to be able to remove the spear without sliding the cup holder off the bracket, check that you can get your spear in and out of the top holder before installing it.
- If your spear is long, install a second cup holder to keep the spear from slipping off the soap dish.
- The underside of the cup holder may be unattractive; if so, paint it and allow it to dry before mounting.
- Use two or three cup holders installed sideways to display the spear horizontally.
- Tie long hair back and secure loose clothing before using the drill.
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