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Hanging With Strainer Frames

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Shayla

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Our general mantra when framing a stretched canvas is that the hangers go on the frame, not the back of the stretcher. But if the 'stretcher' is really a sturdy strainer frame, and the outer frame is slight, it seems like hanging from the strainer should be okay. In this case, we have a 30 x 60 stretched on a 1 x 3" heavy strainer, with lots of bracing. Any thoughts?
 

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Go for it.
If I may ask... why would you be hesitant to do it that way?
 

Jim Miller

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I suggest you use a 2-point hanging system, because hanging by wire from one wall hook would tend to pull the side-rails together over time. Even if it's braced well, just a slight inward deflection could make the canvas wrinkle. Also, make sure the customer can't put a wire on it.
 

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I guess it would depend on which was providing the most support, stretcher or frame. In this instance the stretcher is supporting the frame so the hanging mechanism (I totally agree with Jim about a 2 point system) should be attached to the stretcher/strainer.
 
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