I am attempting to produce some canvas prints for hanging with a width of around 32" (800 mm) and am finding that the cost of having them mounted on a frame is almost the same as getting the print work done which questions the viability of my project.
Here in Fiji to date I have only found one printer that can print on canvas at the sizes I require and was quoted today $170 for printing 36" width and $140 for producing the wooden frame for mounting and stretching the canvas around No, the frame was not a fancy stretcher bar type and the cost increased by $20 for an extra centre support !
The position I'm now in is that I am considering making the frame myself and doing the stretching and stapling. I have watched a number of You Tube videos from good to bad and understand the basics of having the front edge bevelled, edges rounded slightly, good joints and am a pretty good carpenter.
My question is, has anyone actually hand stretched a canvas print around 36" width themselves over a 'fixed' frame with good results and if so any tips ?
I have a number of canvas paintings, generally imported, wrapped on frames of very basic nail construction that have been hanging for years and are fine.