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Step 6: Conclusions Now you're finished! A professional looking canvas at a very low cost. Here's a few notes that might help as well. If you are stretching a lot of paintings at once, it might be easier to cut all the wood at once but just make sure to keep the pieces together. If your painting is especially large then a cross brace or two may be necessary to create a strong frame. It is a matter of preference but generally if the painting is larger than 3 feet across then a cross brace would be a good idea. For this simply use a 1” x 2” strip cut square and staple it (on both sides of the frame) in the center. The should not be used for the brace pieces. Good luck with framing!
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Step 5: Stretch the Canvas Now you are finally ready to stretch the canvas. To do this lay a piece of paper down on a clean surface, and then the painting face down. Line up the frame so that the molding is against the canvas. To stretch this pull one side of the canvas up and around and staple it in the center of that side. Next take the canvas pliers, stretch the canvas on the opposite side and staple in the center. Although this can be done alone, a second pair of hands might make this step a little easier. Flip the painting over and make sure that it lines up properly with the frame. If it does you can begin stapling the rest of these sides. On the one side of the sides with a staple in it, place two staples, approximately 2”-3” on either side of the center staple while stretching the canvas. Do the same on the opposite side of the painting. Continue to work your way outwards towards the corners, until there you are about 1” from the corner. Next repeat this process along the other two sides of the painting, stretching the canvas tight. When you have completed this you can fold the corners of the painting as you would a present and staple them to the strip in the back. It is a matter of preference if you want the folds on the top and bottom or sides of you painting but being consistent will make them look better.
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Step 4: Assemble the Pieces Now that all the pieces are cut you can assemble the frame. Take the strips and place them so that you have a rectangle. If everything lines up, you cut your pieces correctly! Now begin with two pieces and hold them tightly together to ensure a 90 degree angle between them. Next take the staple gun and staple 3 times along the seam of the wood. Then flip the section over and staple 3 times on the other side of the seam. Now add the other two pieces of wood to this in the same manner, making sure to staple both side and keeping them at a right angle. Now you should have a rectangle the size of your painting! The next step is to nail the molding to the frame you just made. The purpose of the molding is to give a single straight line along the edge of the painting that will give it a nice, tight look. Simply lay the pieces on the strips so that all rounded edges are facing in and then nail the pieces to the frame using 1” nails. At this point I find it nice to countersink the nails into the molding for good measure but this step isn't necessary as long as the nails are below the highest point on the frame. To check this simply line up the front and back edge with your eyes to see if any nails are sticking up.
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