Testing…one, two

Posted on February 13, 2012

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.

12 Responses

  1. Mary Ellen
    February 13, 2012

    So ethereal…gorgeous.

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  2. Joanne Seto
    February 13, 2012

    awesome idea! i love art crafted from everyday items, i created a ‘bubble sculpture’ (thats what i call it) from those candy tubes i kept when i was a kid! I believe its on my blog somewhere…but yes keeping candy tubes came through for me! thanks for sharing this:) cheers!

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    • Diane
      February 13, 2012

      Thank you, Joanne!

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  3. krislyndillard
    February 13, 2012

    Interesting to look at. I am further interested to know your statement on this, I will check back as it seems you are still in the process. 🙂

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    • Diane
      February 13, 2012

      Thank you for checking in and for your comment. Yes, I am still working on what this will be. I will post more soon!

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  4. Midnight Travellers Art
    February 13, 2012

    That is pretty awesome!

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  5. zdziarska
    February 13, 2012

    Haha loving it, sounds like you are quite the stapler master. Great sculpture 🙂

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    • Diane
      February 13, 2012

      Thank you for your comment!

      Sent from my iPhone

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  6. vz
    February 14, 2012

    Looks wonderful. I love the difference between the clear and opaque (painted) material. Both have great possibilities!

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    • Diane
      February 14, 2012

      Thank you Vicky! See u thurs

      Sent from my iPhone

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  7. Jonathan Luehrs
    March 10, 2012

    Beautiful piece once again!

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  8. nunyerbidniss
    March 29, 2012

    The clear one with the numbers sort of seems like looking into someone’s mind; seeing how the ideas fold over and through each other. I like the white one too; such a different effect.

    Blog looks great, BTW!

    – Eugene

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