The purpose of stretching a canvas is to preserve it and prepare it for framing. It can damage a canvas if not done correctly, but at Fine Framers, we use only expert techniques learned and honed through our many years of experience.
Types of Canvas
Canvas stretching begins with a customer bringing us a painted or printed canvas. Alternatively, we could be printing one of their images onto canvas. Our large format printing service can print any size canvas up to 44” wide, by any length. If you have a digital image we can print it on Canvas and then fit it on a "stretcher bar Frame"
Printing Your Canvas
With our Epson P9000 Printer , we can print your images onto canvas up to 44" wide and any length. The Canvas we use is a professional Inkjet Canvas Polycotton 370s/m sq , Ultra White. Whether you have a treasured photo from your trip abroad or a family portrait , we can print it on canvas, stretch it onto a stretcher frame and then frame it.
Making a Stretcher Frame
We first make up a special ‘ stretcher frame’ on which the canvas will be stretched. Because we create these stretched bars from 3m lengths of special stretcher bar moulding, we can create any size stretcher frame to suit the canvas being stretched. We cut the correct length stretcher bars, which then loosely interlock with each other to form a ‘stretcher frame’. Next, we attach the canvas over this, and secure it with a staple gun. We then insert wedges in each of the four corners, to tension the canvas on the frame. This stretched canvas can then either be hung directly onto a wall, or framed to give a more pleasing visual effect.
Stretcher Bar Profile
Choice of 5 Profiles
When we are framing a canvas, we can choose from a range of 5 different stretcher bar profiles to suit the size and application of the canvas. For larger canvases, we use premium stretcher bars, which have a greater cross-section and also add lateral bracing to ensure the stretcher bar frame retains its shape and rigidity.
On larger Stretcher Bar Frames , we install one or more brace bars , as required, to add rigidity to the frame. The brace bars are secured to the stretcher bars with a series of wedges which allow tensioning of the canvas.
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Some Comments from Customers on our Canvas Stretching and Framing
Cannot recommend Fine Framers highly enough. We purchased canvas paintings on holidays and got them stretched and framed in Fine Framers. Some floating and some framed with reflective glass. They are absolutely fabulous and worth every penny.