Stainless steel staples

Sherry Lee

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OK....I just took out a loan to purchase a teeny, weeny box that holds a mere 2,000 stainless steel staples. Although, they are 1/2"! Ooooph! They are for the Rocama 16 'outward clinch' stapler.

So tell me, do you wonderful framers in "framerland" REALLY, ALWAYS use stainless steel staples?? That's quite an expense! I know, you put it into your fitting charge, or sink it somewhere else, but still......... :eek:

"Curious minds want to know."

P.S. - I love all these new Instant Graemlins! I'm gonna have to start thinking of more things to write so I can use them!! :D
 

JFeig

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It has been a long time since I purchased SS staples for stretching. I still have 2 boxes left. Each containes 10,000 staples. They were probally under $25.00 per box at the time.

I still use "regular" staples for "paint by the square foot" projects.
 

Brian Lehr

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About 98% of the staples we use are stainless. We use the rusty staples in things that people "just want to frame", not in their heirlooms.
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While the use of stainless anything is a good idea ,I wonder if you really want to go to the added axspense of secureing "STAINLESS" staples. only to have the chisle points of the stapls cut the fabric/needlework canvass which you are mounting. As I rember this is the main inherebt danger about useing staples to strstch mount needleart. .It is also true of all mounted work but with needleart canvasses it can be even more of a problem.
The reason being that even with very careful placement of the staples the chisle point are all but sure to cut the threads in the weft or warp which can run and damage the work even in areas that you didn't place staples.
I am not by any means a needle work mounting snoob and relize there are many methods that may work for less than c/p type mounting .However the effort/cost to obtain stainless STAPLES seems almost a mute point since the cutting chisle point may be more of a factor than th rust.
Have you considered STAINLESS or NON-carrodeing pins instaed?I say non carrodeing since there is still a debate about which pins are safe but at least they can be used without the cutting factor.Or even Better yet ,if C?P is your concern have you tried laceing?
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Ron Eggers

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I'll bet Sherry is talking about stretching oils and acrylics, not needlework.

As always, I could be wrong.
 

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Whoops-posted to wrong thread
 

Sherry Lee

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Ron (again) is 100% correct. I am referring to canvas. When writing this, I didn't think of being that specific in my text because the thought of pushing a staple through needleart is inconceivable to me. I'll try to be more specific in the future.

From the responses I've been getting, it sounds like most use Stainless Steel the majority of the time. It can never hurt to 'throw caution to the wind', for sure! Thanks!
 

BUDDY

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My apologies Sherry ,but when you do 90% needle art the word CANVAS takes on a whole different meaning ,and when you get wrapped up in another thread about STAINLESS PINS ,some of us just get tunnel vision.
When mounting Painted Canvases you really have no choice but to perforate the fabric no matter what you use (stainless or base metal or brass)
Excuse my lack of understanding and limited experience.
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Sherry Lee

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Buddy,
No apology needed, friend! Heck fire, I twisted up a mat for a liner just last week! It's good to know I'm in good company.

What's most important, was your willingness to help and for that, I am appreciative!
 
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