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Wooden Canvas Stretcher Bars need to be slowly machined

Date Added: October 17, 2012 08:15:53 PM
Author: Jeremy Kippler
Category: Arts and Humanities: Design Arts
A stretcher bar is employed to construct a stretcher frame made of wood which is used by artists to mount their canvases. Usually Stretcher bars are picket framework support on which an artist fastens a piece of canvas. They are additionally used for small-scale embroidery to produce steady tension, affixing the sides of the fabric with push-pins or a staple gun before starting to sew, and then removing it from the stretcher after the work is complete. Stretchers usually are in the form of a rectangle, although other forms of canvases are also attainable. Since stretcher bars are solely a canvas frame, it can be machined in various ways depending on the speed of production. We suggest slowly machines stretcher bars so the wood is nicely finished. The variations in construction method are based on how the corners are engineered. Commercially there are some pre-fabricated stretchers available with interlocking corners segments; they usually match along like puzzle pieces. However corner supports can also be created using straightforward wood crafting techniques. The mitre joint is very popular methodology of adhering corners on a stretcher, though butt joints are also fine if used in conjunction with gussets. Keys or little triangle wedges are inserted within the joint when stretching the canvas to provide its final tension. After the canvas is fastened, pressure should be distributed equally around the stretcher to reduce distortion because of unequal distribution of pull. Unlike other types of frames, the corner joints in stretcher bars aren't fixed or mounted in any permanent manner. This permits the canvas to be re-tensioned over time, because the frame has a natural tendency to stretch and sag over time. In contrast, strainer bars stretch canvas in non-adjustable or permanent approach. The use of stretcher bars in the home print market has become more and more popular with inkjet-printed canvas prints turning into standard in the homes. This has given a re-birth, to this old technique used in the art marketplace for so many years. Although artists use blank canvases and pre-stretched canvases in the art business, several photographers use stretcher bars for framing wedding photography and replica of photographic prints. Stretcher bars are also used in image framing when framers are framing things like sport shirts etc. Stretcher bars are used extensively in theatrical productions for framing material backdrops. When a photographer takes a snap then digitally transfers this onto a canvas (inkjet printing), he then stretches this over a stretcher frame. By wrapping the canvas all the way around the frame, called gallery wrap, the photographer will then hang his snap on the wall - already framed. The edges on the stretcher bar should be slightly rounded. This has two major advantages: It allows the framer to visualize and procure clear edges on snap that have precise borders, and It additionally permits the canvas weave to "roll over" the profile instead of snap over a pointy edge that is one of the reasons behind canvas cracking. There are many types of stretcher bar profiles, and plenty of varieties of cutting of the wood. Therefore it's not possible to say something is "standard." There are several regional distinctions in the styles and cutting of the wood, because of the historical reasons. For similar reasons, the wood used for creating stretcher bars differs from country to country depending on the forest. However most of the stretchers, to avoid distortion are created using well dried Nordic pine wood. (Scandinavia, Russia, Canada) Another way, using which stretcher bars can be made strong, is by having a cross brace inserted. It's suggested that lengths over 40" or 1m be fitted with a cross brace. By doing this it ensures the wood won't warp and can hang flat. To stop corners from breaking or distortion stretcher bars should also be fitted with solid wooden inserts, ideally removable ones. To know more about our canvas stretcher bars and framing canvas prints, please visit my website:
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