MUSEO ALU-Frame Aluminum Stretcher Bars and Parts

Stop worrying about canvas frames that warp or bend. With Museo Alu-Frame Aluminum Stretcher Bars, your artwork remains tightly framed — even under extreme conditions. This museum-quality canvas framing system is especially good for artists creating large-format and/or heavy works.

The stretcher bars feature a reinforced structure comprised of wear-resistant aluminum and sturdy wood for maximum stability. Unlike all-wood stretcher bars, aluminum bars are unaffected by changes in humidity and temperature. They won't twist, bend, or warp.

Thanks to its modular structure, a Museo Alu-Frame is simple to assemble and disassemble. Easily break down your canvas for transport and save on shipping costs. The lightweight aluminum stretcher bars weigh less than heavy-duty wood frames.

Museo Alu-Frame Aluminum Stretcher Bars are sold in pairs. They're available in two profile sizes — 15/16" (25 mm) or 1-3/4"  (45 mm).

To properly assemble the canvas frame, certain accessories and hardware (sold separately) are required. Those parts include:

4" Extenders, Pkg of 2 — Attach two stretcher bar lengths together using an extender to make a frame up to 204" long. Extenders are available for both profile sizes and sold in packs of two.

Basic Assembly Kit — This kit contains all the pieces required to assemble a non-braced frame. It includes four corner connectors, one stretcher (for keying the canvas), two screw eyelets, and one Allen key. You need one Assembly Kit for each frame you build.

To build the frame, slip a stretcher onto either end of a corner connector and tighten the screw with the Allen key until you reach your desired tightness. Repeat the process at the other three corners. Use the screw eyelets for easy hanging. Screw them into the frame and string a hanging wire (sold separately) between them. These hangers are recommended for works smaller than 72" × 72".

Corner Stabilizers — These pieces add strength to the corners of larger frames and are recommended for works bigger than 72" × 72" and for 60" × 80" or 48" × 96" frames. Sold in a pack of eight (two for each corner).

Cross Braces — Reinforce larger frames with cross braces, which can be added without having to completely disassemble the outer frame. The vendor recommends cross braces for frames larger than 72" × 72". For the correct fit, order the cross brace in the same size as your stretcher bar. (The actual measurement of the cross brace will be shorter, but it will be sized to fit inside the assembled frame.) For intersecting cross braces, artists will need to further trim the brace to size themselves with a band saw. Cross braces are sold individually.

Heavy-Duty Hangers — For optimum suspension, these hangers are recommended when hanging works larger than 72" × 72" as well as 60" × 80" or 48" × 96" frames. Sold in a pack of two.

Inner Cross Brace Connectors — Required to connect intersecting cross braces to each other. You need two inner connectors per intersection. Sold in a pack of four.

Outer Cross Brace Connectors — These pieces are required to connect a cross brace to the outer frame. You need two outer connectors per cross brace. Sold in packs of two or four.

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Aluminum Stretcher Bars and Parts
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Aluminum Stretcher Bars and Parts
Aluminum Stretcher Bars and Parts
Basic Assembly Kit
Basic Assembly Kit (Corner Connector and Stretcher)
Corner Stabilizers, Pkg of 8
Corner Stabilizers (Shown in use)
Corner shown with Corner Stabilizer and Corner Connector
Heavy-Duty Hangers, Pkg of 2
Heavy-Duty Hanger (Shown in use)
Inner Cross Brace Connectors, Pkg of 4
Inner Cross Brace Connectors (Shown in use)
Outer Cross Brace Connectors (Pkg of 2 or 4)
Outer Cross Brace Connectors (Shown in use)
4" Extenders
4" Extenders (Shown extended)
Aluminum Stretcher Bars, 15/16" Profile Pkg of 2
Aluminum Stretcher Bars, 1-3/4" Profile Pkg of 2

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