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09-01-2003, 01:47 PM
What do you do with those 'keys' that sometimes come with canvases and which I have seen on sale in art stores?

How do you use them and when is it necessary to do so?

09-02-2003, 12:59 PM
the keys are used to tighten up the canvas, and I think to reinforce the corners of the canvas, to use them all you have to do is insert them in the notches of the stretcher bars, and leave them in.

09-02-2003, 02:39 PM
I have used them to make a canvas tighter after stretching it. I lightly hammer the keys in to stretch out the canvas just a little more. Makes it tight as a drum. Sounds like one too.