How it Works - Stretching a Picture
EZ Stretch Canvas Stretcher
by RC Machining, Inc.
With an EZ Stretch canvas stretcher it's
Fast, Easy Stretching!
See a step by step with pictures below or watch the Online
After unpacking the E Z Stretch canvas stretcher, place it on the
bench or table where you will be using it.
Setting up the Stretcher
Loosen the 1/4 inch bolts on both handles with the allen wrench
that is taped to the top of your E Z Stretch canvas stretcher.
Rotate the handles to the upright position and retighten the bolts.
The handles should be rotated towards the back of the stretcher
(in the direction of the arrow) to move the clamping bar inside
the stretcher, forward. You may eventually adjust the handles to
where they are the most comfortable for your own use.
STRETCHING A PICTURE
THE FIRST SIDE - Crease the side of the picture that you want to
start with (usually the side of the canvas with the least amount
of canvas from picture edge to canvas edge) by folding it like a
piece of paper along the printed edge of the picture to form a slight
crease in the canvas.
Place your picture over your stretcher bars being careful to align
the side edges as well as the first edge you are working on. Holding
the picture in place,staple the first side to the stretcher bar.
THE SECOND SIDE - Insert the canvas opposite the first side
into the stretcher slot with the picture facing you. Lean the picture
away from you at approximately a 35 - 45 degree angle. While holding
the picture with one hand, rotate the handle of the E Z Stretch
canvas stretcher away from you (in the direction of the arrow) until
you feel resistance. Give the handle a little extra pressure to
secure the canvas. NOTE: It is not necessary to over-tighten
at this point. You will develop a feel for how much pressure is
necessary when stretching your pictures. At this point you should
recheck the sides of your picture to make sure the alignment of
the picture to the bars is still correct. Some minor adjustment
can be made at this point by sliding the stretcher bar frame to
the right or left with your thumb.
Now push the picture away from you down to the horizontal position
(picture should be facing up) while pulling your picture toward
you to ensure the stretcher bar is against the canvas for stapling.
Staple the second side of your picture to the stretcher bar.
NOTE: The amount of stretch can be controlled by the angle
that you start with. The more vertical the picture when you start,
the more tension you will get when you stretch your picture. The
less angle,the less stretch. Again, you will develop a feel for
this process. You may also compensate for a difference in canvas
weights by this process.
Release the grip on the canvas by moving the handle on the E Z
Stretch canvas stretcher back to the vertical position until the
canvas is released.
Turn your picture over (picture down) and fold the cornersusing
the hospital corner method. Fold and staple all four corners of
your picture. This will leave a 45 degree angle at each end of each
unstreched side of your picture. Using a utility knife, trim the
height of the canvas to the height of the stretcher bars on sides
I and 2 (sides of picture already stapled).
THE THIRD SIDE - Slide the 3rd side of the canvas into the
E Z Stretch canvas stretcher slot. Remember to start with the angle
adjustment and then clamp the canvas in the stretcher by rotating
the handle away from you (in the direction of the arrow). Rotate
the picture forward to the horizontal position, pull the picture
back toward you so the stretcher bar is tight against the canvas.
Staple the 3rd side of your picture to the stretcher bar.
THE FOURTH SIDE - Slide the 4th side of your picture into the slot
of the E Z Stretch canvas stretcher. Repeat Step 5.
Using the utility knife again, trim the canvas from sides 3 &
4 to the same height as the stretcher bars.
Congratulations ! !
You have just stretched your first picture using the E Z
Stretch canvas stretcher.
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in three (3) sizes, 28, 36 and 48 inches. You can get your copy
of this instructional video, fully refunded with your EZ Stretch
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