how to stretch a printed canvas over a frame without special tools?

i have been commissioned to do a few canvas prints, ive built my frame, and ive glued it all together, now i need to know a good method of stretching it nicely, i have no Special Tools, i have a hammer, staples, and pins. or a link to video or other method without tools would be grand

If you have a ‘kung fu’ grip it is possible to stretch it by hand but you need a certain amount of excess slack. Staples or a staple gun?- Staionary(paper) staples won’t hold. If not you’d need at least carpet tacks(old fashioned way and they oxidize a bit eventually). Start in a cross formation or N,S E,W across from each other then work to the edges always juxtaposed to the staple you just enabled.


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  1. If you have a ‘kung fu’ grip it is possible to stretch it by hand but you need a certain amount of excess slack. Staples or a staple gun?- Staionary(paper) staples won’t hold. If not you’d need at least carpet tacks(old fashioned way and they oxidize a bit eventually). Start in a cross formation or N,S E,W across from each other then work to the edges always juxtaposed to the staple you just enabled.
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