Stretching a flimsy large flag

Rozmataz

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I am in the process of stretching a rather large and flimsy flag. It is NOT an heirloom piece - just a fun piece. The material is so flimsy, slippery and thin, it requires a color mat board under it to avoid the moire pattern showing if I had used foamcore. Since I am using a mat board and don't have the thickness of foamcore to push pins into, what other method has anyone used?

Thanks,
 
Roz,

I guess black foamboard would be too dark for the flag, eh?

If it isn't of any collector value, could you drymount a piece of colored paper to a white foamboard sheet and then proceed as you would to stretch a silk scarf? I would figure out a way to use foamboard/pins for the mounting as that is what I am most comfortable doing. But there are other alternatives out there for you.

(Wait 'till everyone has their morning coffee and I'm sure you'll get some other ideas.)
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Framerguy
 
If you are matting over the edges, you could glue together two pieces of mat board, and then use an upholstry staple around the edges. I have done this for a dishtowel (Yup, you read right, dishtowel). Cut the doubled mat board oversize. Place it on a couple of layers of cardboard, and use a upholstry gun to staple the edges. You can use the edge of the matboard to make sure you get a straight and square mounting. Once it is all stapled flip the thing over, pull the cardboard off and push the ends of the staples over. I pull the rounded edge of a pair of pliers along the staples. Tape over the exposed staple ends so they don't stick out and you are ready to cut a mat and frame...

The tablecloth was a memento of a trip to Portugal and had one of those "travel" scenes on it!....Really!

James
 
Great idea, Judy!

That one gets filed away for MY use also.

FGII
 
Framerguy - you were right, once everyone had their morning coffee - wow. (And, yes, black is too dark for this flag!)

Thank you all... You have given me solutions to my challenge - I am thinking of a combination of a couple of these!!
 
Roz - why not use matboard with foam board behind? You could dry mount or spray mount or use white glue and a roller so the matboard didn't warp in the middle.

Just my 2 cents.
 
Over stretcher bars, stretch the nylon window screening, then fabric. You can easily sew through the two and secure the flag....

On my "to-do" list is a Spanish-American war US Flag... shot up and falling apart.
 
All is done - the complication was the metal frame rabbet limitations that I failed to consider before ordering... won't do that again(we hope).

But I was able to use my newest shop tool - the "Foamcore Edge Crusher and Roller" - worked beautifully!

Thanks all!

Roz
 
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