15 Inch Elite B2 Stretcher Bar 1-1/2" Deep #B2-15

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15 Inch Elite™ B2 Stretcher Bar 1-1/2" Deep B2-15

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Elite B2 Bar 1.5" Deep is the ultimate 1-1/2" museum quality Stretcher Bar system. Cross Braces may be ordered to create a frame that has multiple cross braces up to 16 crosses for the largest size. Frame support is the most important part of your canvas frame, because it makes it possible to achieve the maximum canvas tension. To add tension to your stretched canvas, simply press the brace keys further into their respective slots.


Elite™ Professional 1.5" Deep B2 Bar • 1/2" Canvas Clearance

A Canvas Clearance of 1/2" is the space between the Bar and the canvas. Generally speaking, more clearance reduces the risk of the canvas touching the wood and creating unsightly lines during painting. Our design provides the optimal clearance so as not to impact your painting, but still leaving enough wood to the maximize strength of the Stretcher Bar.

Solid Wood is Archival - Finger Jointed Wood is Not

We only use Solid Wood to build our Stretcher Bars because a solid piece of wood will last indefinitely. When we speak of archival value, it's not just the paint you use and the quality of your canvas and ground, even the wood choices manufacturers make are part of the archival process.

The principal reason manufactures use finger jointed wood is reduce cost, not increase archival value. Wood constantly grows and shrinks when the environment becomes hotter, or colder, or more humid, or more dry. Because finger jointed wood is made-up of multiple and varied pieces of wood, with varying grain patterns and densities, they each absorb and shed moisture at varying rates, which works on the glue joints that hold them together, causing the wood to bow and the joints to eventually fail, and certainly not consistent with increasing the archival value of your artwork frame support.

As a manufacturer, we do our part to conserve as much wood as possible, and still provide a quality made product that will out-perform any other in the marketplace.


Forests need People, and People Need Forests

The concept of sustainability presupposes a comprehensive engagement of individuals in the art and science of forest stewardship, both in the present and for the well-being of generations to come. Humanity undoubtedly extracts wood from forests to supplement our needs, but they also play a crucial role in bestowing diligent care upon these ecosystems. This stewardship encompasses not only the responsible harvesting of forest resources but also extends to the safeguarding of clean water sources, the preservation of wildlife and their native habitats, and the mitigation of potential threats like erosion, fires, and diseases that could otherwise lead to untimely degradation of these precious woodlands.

Masterpiece® uses only lumber harvested from responsibly and sustainably managed timberlands.


Canvas Size Needed for this Stretcher Bar

Most artists will stretch the canvas and attach the staples or tacks onto the back side of the frame. Doing so allows you to paint on the edge and hang your art without needed a picture frame. Generally speaking, you should allow 6 Inches of canvas beyond the size of your frame.

For example, if you were to stretch a 15x90 frame size, which happens to be a 6:1 Super Extreme Rectangle aspect ratio size, your canvas should be about 6 x 21. This allows you ample room to stretch and attach the canvas on the back. Should you ever need to remove the canvas from the frame and re-attach it, it still serves that purpose too. Should you want to attach the canvas from the edge of the stretcher frame, then you can reduce the size of your canvas about 3/4" all the way around the frame.


From the heart of California, Masterpiece® has been weaving a legacy since 1965, curating the best Stretcher Bars North America has witnessed. Our unwavering dedication to quality and innovation has cast us in the limelight as the trendsetting stalwarts in the realm of fine-art canvases. The patents we hold are not just certificates but validations of our pursuit of perfection. Engage with our creations and feel the promise of unmatched quality, a promise that resonates with your clients and every future beholder of your masterpiece.


I don't think I'm made for any earthly kind of pleasure. ♦ Claude Monet

Claude Monet, a name synonymous with Impressionism, painted landscapes and scenes that captivated the soul. His depictions of water lilies, gardens, and the ever-shifting play of light and shadow have an ethereal quality, suggesting that he was indeed in touch with a realm beyond the mundane.

Monet's statement speaks volumes about the internal dichotomy that many artists feel: the constant tension between the pull of worldly joys and the deeper, often inscrutable call of their art. It's not that artists, including Monet, don't appreciate or seek pleasure, but their profound connection to their work can sometimes make everyday delights seem fleeting or even trivial. For many of us, our art becomes a pursuit, a higher calling that often demands sacrifice and can lead to periods of introspection and even solitude.

Monet's life was filled with challenges, both personal and financial, yet he persisted in his art, often forgoing immediate comforts. The canvases he left behind are not just paintings; they are windows into a soul that sought, above all, to capture the transient beauty of the world. As we engage with our art, it's a gentle reminder that while the world offers myriad pleasures, there's a unique, unparalleled joy in the act of creation itself.

We've handpicked this empowering quote and offer insightful context to inspire your art. We've even created this unique portrait of Claude Monet to provide a personal touch to your browsing experience. Now start on your painting!


Tight'n'Up™ Liquid Canvas Retensioner

One of our most celebrated products helps make your canvas tighter! Assembling Stretcher Bars and Stretching your own canvas can present some challenges. While your canvas may seem tightly stretched, the tension may vary from staple to staple creating lines of tension across the canvas in a grid like pattern. The trick is to maintain balanced tension across the canvas.

Tight'n'Up™ Liquid Canvas Re-Tensioner is a great way to redistribute the tension in a canvas across that grid-like pattern of tension as well as increase the tension on the entire canvas. While you can can add tension by keying-out the corners of the frame, it may produce an hour-glass effect by expanding the frame in the corners, and not the center.

With Tight'n'Up™, you can add tension to just a small area, or a large area. Simply spray it lightly on the back and brush it into the canvas, and within seconds, your canvas becomes tighter and stays tighter. The more you use, the tighter it gets. Recommended for acrylic primed cotton or linen canvas. We do not recommend it for oil primed canvas because there are simply too many different types of oil primed canvas, but used conservatively at your own risk, it will tension any canvas.


Additional Details

Canvas and Depth:
1.50 in. Elite Professional
15 Inch

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