How To Hang a Heavy Antique Wheel on Brick Wall?

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baler090210.JPG Q: My girlfriend and I just recently moved into a cool loft-style space in the South End of Boston. We have some nice (albeit painted) brick walls, 10 foot ceilings, and quite a bit of wall space. We love the space and want to add some really unique pieces punch up the décor. While at the Elephant's Trunk flea market in Connecticut this past weekend, we happened upon a very old wheel used on a hay baler.

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Since our goal is to mix in some country rustic chic into the apartment, we knew it would look perfect in the dining area against the brick wall. Our only problem is that affixing it to the wall is proving to be more difficult than we imagined.

Here are the constraints:
1. The wheel weighs somewhere between 75-100 lbs.
2. It will be affixed to brick (or mortar)
3. Because of the hub, the rim of the wheel will sit roughly 6 inches from the wall
4. We'd love to hang it using something complimentary in style to the wheel - for example; a railroad tie as opposed to a shiny industrial bolt from Home Depot

Any thoughts? Anyway, you guys are great at solving reader's questions, so I thought I'd try to stump you!

Sent by Ted

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