Gallery Wrap Assembly Instructions

Instruction Details

°F / -17.78°C
TXT4132, TXT4131, TXT4130, TXT4129, TXT4128, TXT4127, TXT4124, TXT4123 (Part numbers may vary by distributor)

Heat Press Method Instructions

Sublimate your fabric using the instructions for that particular fabric.

Your imaged area should include the sides. Add 1.375” to all four sides for the outer wrap area. An 8X8 wrap would use a 10.75x10.75” imprinted piece of fabric with an extra 2” of fabric all around for the wrapping. Your fabric should be 14.75x14.75” altogether. P/N F0011 is the recommended fabric for Gallery Wraps.

Materials Needed:
Polyester fabric with an image bleed of 1-3/8" and 2" of extra fabric per side for gallery wrap applications
Canvas pliers
Heavy duty manual or electric staple gun using 3/8" stainless steel heavy duty staples. We recommend Arrow brand PRO staple guns and staples.
Fabric scissors
Wooden stretcher strips with two equal horizontal and two equal vertical sizes.
Fine grain sandpaper

Frame assembly and fabric mounting instructions:

1. Assemble the frame by fitting together the tongue and groove ends of the stretcher strips. Check the squareness of the frame by measuring across the diagonal corners so that both are equal. The front side of the frame has flared or beveled edges while the backside has flat edges. You may optionally choose at this time to secure the frame into place by driving a staple diagonally in each of the adjoined stretcher strips on the back side of the frame.

2. Sand down any rough or splintered edges on the stretcher strips.

3. Place the fabric with the imaged side face down, on a clean flat surface. Center the stretcher frame over the image.

4. Fold one side of the fabric over the longer stretcher strip and drive a staple into the center of the back of the stretcher strip. Ensure that all staple heads are driven flush with the wood. Lightly tap with a hammer to do this for any staple not fully driven into the wood.

5. Go to the opposite side. Grip the fabric with the canvas pliers and stretch moderately tight, until a straight crease is formed running across the fabric. Maintain the tension and drive a staple into the center of the back of the stretcher strip. If the staple is not flush with the wood, maintain tension with the pliers and hammer the staple until it is flush with the wood.

6. Stretch and attach fabric to the centers of the adjacent stretcher strips in the same manner. The fabric will now have a diamond shaped wrinkle.

7. Drive in staples parallel to and just below the channel cut into the wood. Move outward from the center, every 1 -1/2", alternately switching to opposite sides. Work from the center toward the corners. Pull tightly using the canvas pliers, but only so tight that you keep the fabric flat between each staple. First pull tightly towards you, then with the other hand pull at a right angle, towards the nearest corner, for an even stretch in both directions, then staple.

8. Stop stapling 3" from the corners. Make sure to adjust stapling so that you arrive at this distance from the corners at the same time.

9. Trim the excess fabric to line up flush with the edge of the stretcher strip below the staples.

10. Double fold the fabric at the corners, so that the final fold lines up with the edge and drive a staple through the folded fabric into the back of the frame while exerting finger- or light-tension with the canvas pliers.

11. Mount picture hangers into the stretcher bars.


Heat Press Pressure Cheat Sheet

Press Dial Level
Average Human Resistance Felt
Contact Pressure
10-15 psi
1 on press dial
Where the platen just makes physical contact with product
Light Pressure
20 psi
2 on press dial
Resistant with one arm pressing down, easy with two arms
Medium Pressure
40-60 psi
3-5 on press dial
Resistant with two arms pressing down, doesn't require usage of shoulders
Heavy Pressure
80 psi
6 and up on dial
Very resistant with two arms pressing down, requires lifting of elbows and shoulders to lock in place

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