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Moulding Application

Spacer & Strainer

Spacer may be attached with ATG tape (recommended), glued, or just friction fit.

The strainer may be either screwed or nailed from the inside or outside of the moulding.

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Applying spacer and strainer

Strip Frame

A strip frame hugs the canvas. There are two ways to accomplish a strip frame: spacer or caps.

To use spacer to create a strip frame, simply place the spacer along the side of the canvas and use nails to secure it (see Diagram 1). If ordering chopped spacers to be used this way, you must specify "inside dimensions" − we suggest ordering oversize and trimming to fit.

To use cap moulding to create a strip frame, turn the cap upside down, set the canvas on the rabbet, and use an offset clip to secure them together by screwing into the bottom of each (see Diagram 2). If ordering moulding to be used this way, you must specify "to be used upside down" so the back of the moulding will be checked for blemishes instead of the front. There will be an additional charge for ordering moulding upside down:

Raw $10 per chop or frame
Finished $20 per chop or frame

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Floaters are designed for stretched canvases, and a floater frame has a space between the edge of the canvas and the face of the moulding. The purpose is twofold:

  1. Functional: Since most canvases are painted all the way to the edge you don't want to cover any of it up
  2. Aesthetic: the frame literally appears to "float" around the painting - there is an actual space between them

When using the #900, #901, or #902 moulding, the stretcher simply lays on the built-in bottom wing, where it is usually screwed from the bottom (see Diagram 1).

On the #915 moulding the stretcher may be attached directly to the moulding. For easier mounting, a screw eye placed every 8"−12" can be used to form an attachment point (see Diagram 2), or a wing may be added. An advantage of the #915 is that it can accommodate a wide variety of thicknesses of stretcher bars.

The #916 moulding needs a bottom shelf added; our #960 and #960-2 strainers will fit nicely (see Diagram 3). Alternately, rather than joining two profiles yourself you can use our #917 moulding which already has that L shape. When ordering chops, add your canvas size to two times the "float space" you want and specify that as your frame size.

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