I have been testing a variety of staplers and plastic materials recently, so it has been very exciting around here! After going through (breaking) 7 or 8 different models of staplers, you’ll be pleased to know that I have finally settled on the Arrow P35 heavy duty plier stapler. It is fabulous. This first test is made from polycarbonate sheet with a light spray of white primer and a coating of polyurethane for bounce. It’s okay, but I only sprayed it with paint so that I could see it. This sample also has a nice bounce to it and is about 1’x1’x1′. I noticed that the more paint I layer on these pieces, the less bouncy and more leaden they become. I am trying to do more with less paint going forward.
I am thinking about not painting the structure at all. This one is made of mylar sheet stapled with the p35. It is incredibly sturdy. I plan to build it into quite a large piece to test the limits of the mylar and the staples. It should be interesting to see the balance between the composition of the staples and the form of the plastic. Which will end up being more dominant? I do plan to coat it with polyurethane and add some areas of color. It will be large in any case.