43 Inch Elite B2 Stretcher Bar 1-1/2" Deep #B2-43

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43 Inch Elite™ B2 Stretcher Bar 1-1/2" Deep B2-43

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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.

Finger Jointed Wood is not meant for Stretcher Bars

Solid wood makes the most dependable Stretcher Bar, because one homogeneous wood member is going to behave similarly across the entire length of the Bar. Whereas, with finger-jointed wood is made-up of multiple pieces of wood, sometimes on the actual joint itself, presenting multiple points of failure which no one can control.

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 add or reduce value to your final painting. The fact is, you don't want problems, and finger joints only increase that risk of the wood falling apart in the future.

The glue used to bind finger joints is a water based adhesive and when that wood is exposed to high humidity environments, particularly with exterior walls, the glue joints can give-up. 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.


Our Ecosystem Depends on Healthy Forests

Forests play a vital role in our planet's ecosystem. They absorb carbon dioxide, filter air and water, and provide habitat for countless species of plants and animals. By using sustainably sourced lumber, we can help to protect these important ecosystems and ensure that they continue to provide these valuable services for generations to come.


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 9x43 frame size, which happens to be a custom proportion, your canvas should be about 6 x 49. 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.


Color is a power which directly influences the soul. ♦ Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky, often hailed as the pioneer of abstract art, was deeply invested in the spiritual and emotional impact of colors. Born in Moscow and having lived through some of the most tumultuous times of the 20th century, Kandinsky sought refuge and expression in the ethereal world of shapes and hues. He firmly believed that art was not just about replicating the visual world but about conveying profound emotional experiences.

For many artists, color isn't merely a visual element; it's an emotional language. We've all felt the calm brought by blues, the energy of reds, or the warmth of yellows. Just as Kandinsky experimented with color to evoke emotions and provoke thought, we too can harness its transformative power. When we choose a palette, we are not just selecting shades; we are setting the mood, tone, and emotional resonance of our work. Kandinsky's insights invite us to explore color with a more profound sensitivity, to understand its deeper influences, and to use it in ways that stir and nourish the soul.

Creativity, the silent force beckoning you, finds its voice here. Harmonize your artistic process with these indelible words and meaning by Wassily Kandinsky, and with our unique portrayal of a self portrait to inspire an enhanced melody in your art. Go make your music on canvas!


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
43 Inch

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