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Jul. 22nd, 2002 | 06:51 pm

working five days this week, both at home and elsewhere, so not much painting. beautiful sustained rain all afternoon today and still going. one of my prickly pear transplants dried up but i kept watering it anyway. it has a new pad forming at ground level :) i have all the materials and tools to start making my own canvasses as soon as i finish the one i am working on. my first will be a 48" diameter circle.

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a circular canvas!?

from: hinterland
date: Jul. 23rd, 2002 12:45 am (UTC)

That is a fabulous idea. How do you make it? I just buy them ready made which is dull in the sense that I don't have much of a choice when it comes to shapes. Here's one I painted about eighteen months ago and gave to a mate who keeps it stashed against the wall in his toilet.

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Re: a circular canvas!?

from: i
date: Jul. 23rd, 2002 05:17 am (UTC)

i saw that. you need to get that piece back and give it to someone who will treat it with respect.

i will cut a circular frame out of particle board and then router the edge to round it off before stretching canvas over it. all the circular paintings here and on my site were made from ready-made canvasses. i have been stretching my own rectangular ones for a while now, and decided i was wasting my money buying these.

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from: tredburt
date: Jul. 23rd, 2002 08:49 am (UTC)

You can possibly take a standard stock 1" x 1/2" piece of lumber, set up a steaming tube and steam the lumber until it's pliable. Then you can bend it to half circles using a bending mold.

Of course you'd have to make your own steaming tube - easy - and bending mold - less easy - but you wouldn't have the waste or the mess from particle board and in the long run it'd be cheaper, less time consuming and you'd end up with nicer canvas bones :).

This is only a suggestion. I've only seen that method used for furniture.

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Re: Suggestion?

from: i
date: Jul. 23rd, 2002 03:07 pm (UTC)

from a four by eight sheet of particle board i can get 26 circular stretchers with rounded edges ranging from 1' to 4' in diameter. economically that's pretty cheap, and i really like the routered edges. it makes the painting shieldlike on the wall.

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