StretchRelief™ is another innovative product from Breathing Color that will make your life easier. These incredible pliers are designed to eliminate all the strain on your hands and wrists while stretching canvas, without losing any time in the process. The unique jaw design combined with locking pliers does all the work, eliminating the need for any hand strength. This innovative tool allows your canvas prints to be wrapped, wrinkle-free and tighter than ever before...in just a few minutes.
It is a dramatic improvement over traditional stretching pliers and is much more affordable and compact than large stretching machines.
Constructed of high grade, precision machined steel, this tool is very durable. You'll be able to stretch thousands of canvas prints with it.
StretchRelief™ has no limitations on the size or type of stretcher bar used. In addition to gallery wraps, it can also be used to stretch canvas prints with stapling on the side.
The following instructions will guide you step-by-step on how to use this amazing tool.
Download the StretchRelief™ instructions PDF
1. What makes the StretchRelief™ such an excellent value for the price?
2. How much canvas do I need to stretch with the StretchRelief™?
3. How does StretchRelief™ achieve such a tight stretch with so little effort?
4. How quickly can I stretch a canvas with StretchRelief™?
5. Finishing the gallery wrapping on the corners takes so much effort, does StretchRelief™ help with this?
6. Can StretchRelief™ be used for regular stretches with the staple on the side?
7. Will I be able to staple the canvas down flush on the back of the stretcher bar when I'm gallery wrapping?
8. Are There Any Size Limitations With Using StretchRelief™?
Q: What makes the StretchRelief™ such an excellent value for the price?
Large stretching machines not only require a substantial investment for the machine itself, but also require the use of an air compressor. In side-by-side testing, the StretchRelief™, at a fraction of the cost, has been found to give a much tighter stretch than any other stretching device on the market today. The StretchRelief™ also makes it easier to keep the image centered on the stretcher bar because you are able to monitor the positioning of the stretched image as you work.
Our clients who have used both a stretching machine and our StretchRelief™ tool have reported greater success and satisfaction with the StretchRelief™.
The StretchRelief redefines the concept of a stretching plier. Unlike conventional pliers, which have a very limited life span, the StretchRelief™’s precision machined design will give you thousands of stretches. With the StretchRelief™ you will now be able to greatly increase your production output for a relatively small investment. Breathing Color has finally solved the otherwise difficult problem of gallery wrap stretching with this amazing and cost effective tool.
Q: How much canvas do I need to stretch with the StretchRelief™?
The StretchRelief™ will easily gallery wrap on any type of stretcher bar. The amount of canvas that you need extending beyond the inside of the stretcher bar is three quarters of an inch. For example: if you are stretching on a standard three-quarter inch thick stretcher bar, you add three quarters plus the width of the bar which is typically one and a half inches. To this amount you would add three quarters of an inch which would give you a total of three inches. Accounting for both sides you would double this number which would mean that your total extra canvas beyond the image size would be six inches. Using this formula for gallery wrapping an 18x24 inch frame, you would need a canvas size of 24x30 inches.
Q: How does StretchRelief™ achieve such a tight stretch with so little effort?
The grasping pins in the top jaw in conjunction with the locking pliers do all the work. The weight, resulting from the solid steel construction, also helps the tool do the work for you. When the tool pivots off the extension on the bottom jaw the tool is engineered to eliminate the need for any hand strength. This is a totally new concept for a hand held stretching device. All of the stretching pliers on the market rely on the users ability to continually squeeze down on the handles to hold the canvas. This results in tremendous hand fatigue after just a few stretches. With the Stretch Relief™, you will be able to stretch all day long and your hand at the end of the day won’t even know you’ve been working. You’ll also notice that your canvases are completely wrinkle free and tighter than ever before.
Q: How quickly can I stretch a canvas with StretchRelief™?
This depends on the skill level of the user. Once you’ve become adept at using the tool you will able to stretch a 24x36 inch canvas, including the gallery wrapping, in about eight minutes.
Q: Finishing the gallery wrapping on the corners takes so much effort, does StretchRelief™ help with this?
Yes, because of the unique design of the tool finishing off the wrapped corner is easy and effortless. The extension on the bottom jaw, which is the fulcrum or pivoting point for stretching, has a notch on either side of it. Once you have folded the canvas and you’re ready to complete the wrapped corner, the notch on the bottom jaw will allow you to stretch the canvas on top of the stretcher bar. This unique feature also allows the tool to stretch over forty-five degree and center supports on larger stretcher bars. You can view this in the demonstration in Figures 8 and 9 of the user manual.
Q: Can StretchRelief™ be used for regular stretches with the staple on the side?
Yes, StretchRelief™ works equally well for standard stretches. Simply move the stretcher bar over to the edge of your working table and shoot the staple in the side.
Q: Will I be able to staple the canvas down flush on the back of the stretcher bar when I'm gallery wrapping?
Yes. Once you have tightly stretched the canvas the tool is designed to lay the canvas down flat on the back of the stretcher bar. You will be able to shoot the staple in all the way, every time. You can view this in Figure 6 of the user manual.
Q: Are There Any Size Limitations With Using StretchRelief™?
No, the tool will allow you to stretch any canvas regardless of size. It also works equally well for any type of stretcher bar. All that is required is to adjust your canvas size to the proper dimension for using the tool.