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I am a freestyle machine stitchywitchand crafts-person in general, I am mad keen on making things and anything creative. I am always buying tools and gadgets and woe betide anyone who uses them without my permission and leaves them in a shed to go rusty. Since my divorce, this is not a problem LOL.
I trained as an artist, and staple guns were part of my personal armoury, as you had to have one to stretch canvases over your handmade stretchers prior to painting. This process used to go on for days in the workshop and by the time you had a canvas ready you needed a holiday. My personal fave, was to chat to Charlie the technician and get him to do it, which he would if you were polite as so many of the students were totally rude to him. Then you gave him some chocolates and everything was nice.
If Charlie was busy you would also need canvas stretching pliers, biceps, Staple gun, the band saw and some safety goggles and nails.
Nowadays I just buy ready made canvases, rip off the existing canvas and stretch my silk pictures over the existing frame. I need a staple gun for this, and a good one.
I already have a ghastly cheapo Rapesco one, so decided to upgrade via Robert Dyas.
I strode in and had a good look at those on offer and my heart sank. I only have little paws and these were all designed for men with rippling pectorals and hard hats. Hats, I said.
My hand wouldn't squeeze very easily on the triggers as I have wrist proiblems.
This Stanley one was the only one that suited and was fairly lightweight and robust.
It takes three sizes of staples and the mid size 8mms are what I like.
You open it up to refill
The stapler does not jam easily and it cost £17, the staples about £2 per box.
So now I can staple like crazy and have my pictures looking all beautiful for exhibition- very pleased.
Perfect for everyday stapling needs around the home or office
Lightweight with convenient handle lock for safe storage
Quick-jam-clear mechanism saves time and hassles
Chrome-plated steel construction for durability
Uses Stanley or Arrow light duty staples
Weight 0.85 lbs
"Easy access staple insertion / Features: Pinch-Point Free; Lock Down Handle / Specifications: Staples: Type 53 / Supplied with 1000 x 6mm Type 53 staples / Uses 6, 8 and 10mm staples."