Eterna Giclee Media

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Step 1 Step 1
Lay out the basic stretcher components & Mallet.

These are the stretcher bars that you have just purchased from Mandev. Inferior stretcher bars may not be as easy :-) 






Step 2 Step 2
Slide the two corner pieces together and align the mitred joint for a flush fit 






Step 3 Step 3
Join the second corner pieces together, ensuring alignment of mitre for another flush fit 






Step 4 Step 4
Before adding the opposite sides, insert any cross braces if required 






Step 5 Step 5
If required, insert the opposite cross brace and make sure it fits snugly into the cross mortice 






Step 6 Step 6
Once all fitted, then connect the last stretcher and close all the corners 






Step 7 Step 7
Gently hammer together all the corners and brace joints with a mallet until they are firmly in place and the corners are flush. Measure from top right to bottom left, and then from top left to bottom right to ensure that your frame is "flush / square" 






Step 8 Step 8
Insert the wedges into each corner and repeat this on the corner braces. Do not hammer too hard and force the corners apart. 






Step 9 Step 9
Admire your finished assembly.

Now you have to stretch your canvas !!

Have you purchased your canvas from Mandev ?? - I hope so. 






Step 10
Mark the corners or outline of your image on the rear of the canvas using a light pencil mark.

Place canvas face down on a clean dry and protected surface to avoid scratching and scuffing.

Place assembled frame on the canvas ensuring it is certral to the marks you have just made. 



Step 10



Step 11
Carefully fold one side of the canvas over the short end of the frame, and staple at the centre of the strip on the rear of the frame. Make sure your canvas is straight with the marks / guide lines you have made. 



Step 11



Step 12
Repeat this process on the opposite short end, using canvas pliers to grip the canvas and pulling tight. When the canvas is taut, staple the side down in the centre of the strip.

Now repeat this procedure on the long ends. 



Step 12



Step 13
Carefully work your way from the centre to the corners, ensuring the canvas stays taut AND straight as you continually pull with the canvas pliers and staple. Dont rush it, and do small steps at a time. 



Step 13



Step 14
To reduce the canvas bulk in the corners, first fold in as shown, and secure this with a staple. 



Step 14



Step 15
The second fold can take two options.
1) You can either fold it in as you would folding a parcel wrapping creating a "V" effect, or
2) You can tuck it in and make it square like a "military bed edge". To me this looks neater. 



Step 15



Step 16
Continue all the way around the frame, gripping and securing the canvas whilst stapling all the remaining corners flat. 



Step 16



Step 17
Insert the wedges (that have dropped out) and gently tap into place. These can be used to tighten the canvas if it goes slack. Remember the wedges in the cross braces. 



Step 17



Step 18
Trim long and ragged edges of canvas. Finish off the back neatly with some framing tape to hide all the rough edges and staples. Fix hanging mechanism if required.

Stand back and admire your work.

Your finished stretched canvas is now ready for hanging
 



Step 18


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