Adding colour to staples
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Saturday, 04 April 2009 09:57

Ordinary staples can be transformed into inexpensive designer staples by simply adding a layer of colour to them. You don't have to buy fancy coloured staples, you just have to be clever in using your techniques and products already available to create a unique look. We explore creative ways of adding colour using spray paint and gold leafing to create custom coloured staples.

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Add colour to plain silver staples with ordinary spray paint. Spray paints are available in a multitude of different colours and finishes and are economical.

What you will need
  • Staples
  • Spray paint
  • Craft sheet

Spray paint is a quick and easy way of adding colour to your staples. You can make sets in different colours and even change existing colours to something else simply by spraying over the first colour with a second colour.

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Step 1
Place a long strip of staples onto your craft sheet. Make sure that your entire underlying surface is covered in newspaper so that the overspray doesn't ruin it. Shake the can well and spray a thin layer of spray paint onto the staples. Using several thin layers at a time with drying periods in between will give best results. Place the staples in your stapler and use as you normally would

Step 1
Place a long strip of staples onto your craft sheet. Make sure that your entire underlying surface is covered in newspaper so that the overspray doesn't ruin it. Shake the can well and spray a thin layer of spray paint onto the staples. Using several thin layers at a time with drying periods in between will give best results. Place the staples in your stapler and use as you normally would

Tips & Tricks
  • If you spray one thick layer of paint onto the staples it tends to seep in between the bars and pull them skew as it dries in which case you have problems when you insert them into your stapler and they then sometimes jam.
  • Keep small containers with your coloured staples – separate each colour so that you can quickly grab a colour if you want to change it.
  • Always work in a well ventilated area when using spray paint.

Another great way to add colour to silver staples is with gold leafing. Gold leafing will add a classy touch to something very ordinary like your staples.

What you will need
  • Staples
  • Gold size
  • 2 Small paint brushes
  • Gold leafing
  • Craft sheet
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Step 1
Place a long strip of staples onto your craft sheet. Use a small paint brush and apply a thin layer of gold size to the staples. Leaf the size to dry for a few seconds until it turns tacky with a blue tint. Gold size is a special glue used for leafing.
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Step 2
Apply gold leaf sheets or flakes onto the now tacky surface of the staples. Lightly flatten the gold leaf onto the surface by pressing down with your fingers.
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Step 3
Use a soft paint brush to remove the excess gold leaf from the staples. Remember to return the left-over flakes to a storage container to use them later on smaller projects.

Step 1
Place a long strip of staples onto your craft sheet. Use a small paint brush and apply a thin layer of gold size to the staples. Leaf the size to dry for a few seconds until it turns tacky with a blue tint. Gold size is a special glue used for leafing.

Step 2
Apply gold leaf sheets or flakes onto the now tacky surface of the staples. Lightly flatten the gold leaf onto the surface by pressing down with your fingers.

Step 3
Use a soft paint brush to remove the excess gold leaf from the staples. Remember to return the left-over flakes to a storage container to use them later on smaller projects.

Tips & Tricks
  • Gold leafing comes in different colours such as copper, silver and bronze. It is also available in flakes called Potpourri with a multitude of different colours all mixed together.
  • To prevent the gold leaf from sticking to your fingers try wiping your hands with an anti-static pad before you start. These pads are normally used for thermal embossing, but will do the same for leafing.