Above is a stretcher frame that was made for a large Balinese canvas and has bracing in all four corners to prevent twisting or warping over time.
We corner brace any frame that is 90cm x 90cm or larger and use a centre brace on long and narrow canvases.
Above left shows how we join our stretchers properly using V- nails and glue and leave overnight for the glue to cure before we stretch the canvas. We also glue and staple our bracing so that there is no movement at all, which makes the frames a lot stronger than the dovetail frames that you put together yourself.
We prefer to stretch a canvas up on it's edge to prevent any damage or rubbing that you may incur having them laying face down on the table, especially on large canvases.
Using special rubber-jawed canvas pliers and an air-operated stapler, we can get just about any canvas as tight as a drum. They will always slacken off a little overtime, so it really is important to get them as tight as possible to begin with.
After your canvas is stretched you also have an option of framing it either in a standard frame, or in a canvas tray frame (pictured above and left) which gives it the appearance of floating by leaving a 5mm gap around the edge.
This doesn't have to be done straight away and can be done down the track if it doesn't fit your budget at the time.
The tray frame is available in black, white, raw, lime wash and black with a gold or silver lip.
It is also available in a couple of different sizes to suit a variety of depths of stretcher frames.
If you have a canvas or material that needs to be stretched or framed please give us a call or send an email for a free quote.