We stretch your canvas on heavy-duty or standard strainer bars.
Standard bars are a little over one-half inch thick and are usually used for pieces that will be framed.
Heavy duty bars show a one & one-half inch "reveal" or "thickness" and generally are not framed; although frames are available for this thicker size.
All of our bars are custom cut and built right here in Waukesha Wisconsin.
Manufacturing, cutting and building our own strainers allows us to match any custom size you may need.
The canvas is then stretched onto strainer bars. The profiles on our strainer bars are slightly rounded. This has two advantages:
allows the framer to see and obtain clear edges on images that have precise borders
allows the canvas to "roll over" the profile rather than snap over a sharp edge, which causes the canvas to crack
Proper canvas stretching is fundamental to correctly display
art on canvas.
If the canvas is pulled too tight it can distort the image and if it is not stretched tight enough you will see waves in the print.
What is Museum Wrap Stretching?
Museum Wrap Stretching is for work that will be framed. The canvas is pulled so the whole image shows on the front and you have
white or any other color edging on the canvas. The Canvas is stapled on the sides of the strainer frame.
Museum wrapped canvases are considered archivally correct and will remain tighter for a longer period of time.
Generally, museum wraps are stretched on the standard strainer bar.
What is Gallery Wrap Stretching?
When a canvas is Gallery Wrapped the image is wrapped around the back of the stretcher bars and stapled on the back.
Gallery wrapping eliminates the need for a frame and looks very nice on a thick, heavy-duty bar. Gallery
wrapping can be accomplished
with the sides in white, black or any color that matches or compliments the
A gallery wrap can also be done in what we call an Image Wrap,
wherein the image on the canvas is wrapped around the sides of the strainer bar. This is an especially good choice for landscapes.
Gallery wrapping is not considered to be archivally correct and should not be used for work that will be framed.
Custom Canvas Stretching
Custom sized blank canvases for artists can be stretched. Pricing begins at 0.25 per square inch for smaller sizes and down
to 0.11 per square inch for larger canvases. For example, if you need a canvas that measures some odd number not found in the
local art supply store, we can build a strainer and stretch a blank canvas. A 16.25 x 21.75 canvas can be custom made for about $60.00
including the strainer and stretching. This comes in handy when you have a fabulous, odd-sized picture frame you would love to make a painting for.
With canvas your Giclee reproduction has the texture and feel of an authentic painting, so you can see why
Giclee has become so popular.
Do you have questions? Need a quote? Give us a call (262) 224 - 4062