23 Inch Elite B2 Stretcher Bar 1-1/2" Deep #B2-23

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23 Inch Elite™ B2 Stretcher Bar 1-1/2" Deep B2-23

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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.

No Finger Joints!

Solid Wood is far superior to finger jointed wood, which is many small pieces glued together, each with varying grain densities that absorb and shed moisture at varying rates, expanding and contracting non-uniformly as environmental conditions change, and causing the wood to bow and the finger joints to eventually fail.

A single homogeneous kiln-dried solid wood Stretcher Bar outperforms and outlasts a finger jointed Bar whose sole purpose is to save the manufacturer cost, not contribute to the archival value of artwork intended to last a millennium. As a manufacturer, Masterpiece® does its part to conserve as much wood as possible, and still provide a quality product that will out-perform any other in the marketplace.


Sustainability in our Forests and our Communities

At Masterpiece®, we believe in responsible and sustainable business practices. That's why we only use lumber from sustainably managed forests in our products. By doing so, we can help to protect our planet's forests, reduce our environmental impact, and support the communities that depend on these valuable resources.


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 23x40 frame size, which happens to be a custom proportion, your canvas should be about 6 x 29. 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.


No one but myself knows the anxiety I go through and the trouble I give myselfÉ. ♦ Claude Monet

Claude Monet, the luminary behind the Impressionist movement, was far from the serene, self-assured artist one might imagine when gazing upon his ethereal Water Lilies or Haystacks. This introspective admission reveals a side of Monet that many may not be familiar with: a relentless self-critic, always in pursuit of perfection.

Artists, by our very nature, are often our harshest critics. The path to creating a masterpiece is littered with self-doubt, revisions, and moments of sheer frustration. It's a testament to our passion and commitment to our craft. When we unveil a work to the public, what they witness is the final product, not the countless hours of introspection and labor that brought it into existence. As Monet reminds us, behind every brushstroke lies a world of emotion and effort. While the outside world may never fully grasp the depths of our struggles, we can take solace in the knowledge that such challenges are part and parcel of our artistic endeavors, pushing us to reach new heights.

We hope you will be inspired by the wisdom, and our interpretation thereof, of Claude Monet, plus we made this unique little portrait to begin the creative process. Time to start your creative process!


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
23 Inch

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