Canvas Stretcher bars
for canvas paintings or gallery wraps in custom sizes
High quality 20mm standard stretcher
frames, 32mm and 42mm gallery stretcher frames
standard stretchers - deep gallery
stretchers - reversed gallery stretchers
Custom Size stretcher bars delivered
fully assembled - no minimum order - get a price
Standard 20mm Stretcher Frame
32mm Gallery Stretcher frame
42mm Gallery stretcher frame
32mm Reversed Gallery stretcher frame
42mm reversed gallery stretcher frame
What is a "Gallery
Wrap?" This is where the staples are fixed into the
back of the bars, instead of the sides. The principle is
the same for gallery wrap or normal wrap. Watch the video below by Ginger Cook a
couple of times and you will be stretching like a pro first time.
In the video she uses off the shelf slot-together stretcher bars,
but the principle is the same for stretching most canvasses onto
bars. Ours are delivered fully assembled - no key pieces or
How To Stretch a Canvas - FAQ:
What tools do I need?
A heavy duty stapler, a pencil. (see the video how-to)
It is often possible to tighten
part of a canvas, eg. a "dent" or dip by damping the back of it. As it dries
the area will shrink a little. Use this tip with caution, or you can
end up with a drum-tight canvas if you dampen the entire back!
Controversial but widely used trick of the framing trade.
Your canvas is not supposed to
be "tight as a drum" but just tight enough so that it does not sag.
If hanging your canvas
un-framed, it is best to use the "gallery wrap" method so that unsightly
staples are not visible. A gallery wrap is simply stapling to the back of
the stretcher bars instead of the sides.. This is actually the method
preferred by most picture framers nowadays providing there is adequate spare
canvas around the image area.
Cutting corners - yes or no?
In theory no. Because you only get one go at it, if you get it wrong, that's
the artwork ruined. "Hospital corners" are an easy way of making a
neat corner as shown in the video. But in practice many people carefully
trim the surplus corner material out and stick down the canvas with PVA
to achieve a smooth seam-free gallery wrap look, particularly on the
"wedged" or reversed gallery stretcher frames. so it's up to you.
Some cheap canvas prints use low
quality cheap inks. Be very careful that they do not rub off,
specially on the edge folds. This is not usually a problem with
original paintings or varnished/laminated or treated canvas prints.
Our stretcher bar frames arrive
ready assembled. They are very strong and due to their special shape and
design they are very resistant to twisting or warping in larger sizes than
cheaper offerings. Ours are fully glued and assembled, no wooden "keys" or
messing about. Any size available online up to 1 metre x 1 metre. Need
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