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
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
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
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?