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Unique gifts: how to make colored staples

Other crafts  |  September 1st 2011  |  0 Comment

A thought occurred to me the other night; could I get staples in other colors besides boring ol’ silver? One quick Google search later, and I had discovered that I could indeed. After reading a few bad reviews though, I decided to hold off on buying any. The complaint is the same for a few different brands; the color is just painted on and tends to flake off.

I came across a suggestion to use Sharpies to color the staples yourself, so I searched for info on that. Not much came up though, no tips, how tos, pros or cons. It sounded like a good idea, plus I have loads of staples and dozens of different colored Sharpies, so I tried it out for myself. Here’s my experiment, complete with unprofessional pictures!

Unique gifts: how to make colored staples

In this picture you can see how a few different colors look; blue, purple, green, orange, red, teal, magenta, and black. I got all fancy and drew black stripes on the the last one. I’ve just colored the tops of the staples here, but you could color the sides as well. I guess it depends what part of the staple you’ll see on your finished product. Also, some colors show up better than others on the staples.

Color quickly, trying not to go over the same place two many times. Coloring over the semi-dry ink seems to cause it to sort of “gum up” and wipe off. This picture is of the worst looking ones I did. Once they are dry though, the ink doesn’t wipe off with normal handling.

The ink can scratch off, but not easily. My fingernail didn’t make much of a dent, so I tried it with the sharp pokey end of a chunk of staples. That certainly did the trick.

Victory is mine! I think I like the stripey ones the best.

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