Although you may think a canvas painting means you need to go with wood, you can use a metal frame instead. What’s more: Framing your canvas in a metal frame doesn’t have to be a difficult process! Of course, there are a few simple things to check for to be sure it will fit properly.
Choose the right metal frame for canvas
The sheer variety in metal frames means you have many choices, and as great as that is, it also means you have to consider a few factors.
- Stretcher bar thickness
- Stretched canvas thickness
- Frame rabbet depth
Frame your work
So long as your rabbet depths are measured and fitted, this process is the same as framing anything in metal.
- Start with a clean workspace. Prepare your frame by wiping it with a soft cloth, then lay it facedown and prepare the corners with backing plates, leaving one side open. This is where you’ll insert the canvas. Secure with a screwdriver.
- Slide the canvas in and place the last edge of the frame. Secure the corners with a screwdriver.
- If you would like to attach a hanging wire, measure one-quarter of the way down from the top of the frame on both sides and attach the hardware. For step-by-step instructions, follow our handy tutorial!