Most artworks on canvas are typically left unframed and without a glass or acrylic covering though there remains many scenarios where our clients also like to add a protective cover or a frame to add some additional style to the completed work. We are specialists in both the canvas stretching process and the ability to customize the finished product with glazing or framing.
The process of preparing a canvas work for hanging is usually via canvas stretching whereby the work is essentially stretched and wrapped on stretcher bars at a specific level of tension to ensure it doesn’t wrinkle and to ensure the bars do not come into contact with the work. Aside from the design aesthetics of the canvas stretching approach, it is also a method that enables for very easy deconstruction and removal in the future. You can simply remove from the stretcher bars and roll the work up.
Our passionate and highly experienced framing specialists will help guide you through your options and provide recommendations where required. We also offer various additional services, including delivery and installation.
Do let us know the size of the work you are looking to stretch and/or frame. You can also use our livechat (bottom right of the screen) for a quicker response to any questions you may have.
Pretty much any size of canvas can be stretched, but most works tend not to exceed 1.5 – 3m. In cases where your canvas work exceeds these kind of dimensions we can still cater for it however. If you require transportation and installation of over-sized works we can also support this via our team.
In comparison to framing, canvas stretching is significantly cheaper because there is less expense required in materials.
In most circumstances it is not necessary to cover a canvas work with glass or acrylic, but there is some circumstances where its appropriate. If you do wish to cover and don’t wish to use a liner border we can put spacers on the outer edges of the glass/acrylic to prevent it from having direct contact with the artwork.
Typically our clients use either Ultraviolet Filtering Acrylic (UFA) or Optium Museum Acrylic (OMA). Both protect against color fading and other pollutants such as dust, whilst acrylic won’t shatter like glass and is significantly lighter. OMA is a higher price than UFA, but offers 99% UV filtration, scuff resistance, anti-static protection, and still remains almost crystal clear vs. many other options in the market.
Assuming the painting is fully dry, you should be able to roll up a canvas painting without issue. Do be mindful to check for existing cracks in the paint as this could be a problem if you then roll it up. Also look out for situations where the paint has been applied very thickly as again this is more likely to crack and suffer damage if rolled up. If you are ever in doubt you can take a photo and send to us before rolling up and we will advise.
Getting the right tension in stretching the canvas over the stretcher bars is critical. Not stretching enough will leave your work loose and flappy and over time it will get worse. The tension also needs to be appropriate in order to prevent the cross bars behind the work from touching the back of the canvas. If tension is applied incorrectly then over time you’ll start to see a line appear in your canvas.
We prefer to have at least 1.5” (4cm) between where the painting ends and the edge of the canvas. This gives us enough wiggle room to ensure the canvas can be pulled back and properly secured at the right tension to ensure no wrinkles form in the work over time. If your gap is less than 4cm we recommend you pop down to one of our outlets and we can discuss options. Alternatively you can take a photo of the work and the gap that exists and drop us an email or chat to us via our livechat. There is always a solution!
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