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Mike Guilbault ,

Stretching Lyve

I've been using Lyve for about a year now and love the results.  I roll-coat with Timeless.  I stretch the work using the Stretch-Relief pliers and have been very pleased with the results.  However, I've noticed that many of my canvases are becoming loose and loosing that 'drum-tight' result I get with the Stretch Relief.  I'm stretching the canvas onto fixed strainer bars (rather than keyed stretchers).  
Could I be 'over-stretching' the canvas, causing to kind of rebound from the stretch?  Have you had any other problems like this and what can be done to avoid it?

November 9, 2013, 10:14 pm • Canada


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Nik Che,

I have a tip...

You can try spraying distilled water at the back of the canvas. Water tends to shrink cotton fabric, like how jeans would shrink after a wash.

Hope this helps.

August 16, 2014, 9:30 pm • Singapore

Mike Guilbault ,
They're a little more expensive for one thing, but I'm revising my prices so that shouldn't be an issue.  And for stretching a mirrored edge where the transition from the front to the edge has to be precise, I thought it may be more difficult to get it right.  

November 11, 2013, 2:27 pm • Canada

Justin Bodin, Breathing Color
I don't think that you're over-stretching the canvas. It's just in canvas' nature to expand/contract (cotton or poly-cotton canvas anyway), so sagging is going to happen. As far as I know, most use keyed stretcher bars for this reason. Is there a reason you don't use keyed bars?

November 11, 2013, 9:40 am • United States