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Clear Staples

Staples that you can see through.
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Self explainatory. Background: I work in an office when I'm not attending classes, and a boss/coworker/professor staples through the first sentance of a document, (or image) then I rip the paper pulling it out becasue I can't see what is underneath it. We use big industrial style staplers here, the ones that staple more than 50 sheets at a time. I don't think it exists, but if it does, let me know!
Brain Fuct, Mar 20 2003

Arrow Fastener 591188 http://www.powertoo...ples_B00004Z2IX.htm
1/4" by 5/16" Clear Insulated Staples [phoenix, Oct 06 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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       colour the points so that you don't punctuate your elf!
po, Mar 20 2003
  

       "Got any spare staples? I've just run out."   

       "Yeah, I just bought some the other day. Now, if I could only remember where I put them..."   

       Croissant.
lostdog, Mar 20 2003
  

       Self explanatory? Well, yes the concept is. Might you be coerced in to sharing with us how this could be accomplished? Is there a transparent polymer that has the necessary properties or is this WIBNI until the aforementioned transparent metals exist?   

       (Later: Oops, make that the previously mentioned aforementioned transparent metals. Somebody deleted her annotation.)
half, Mar 20 2003
  

       Perhaps you could use fishing line, and replace the stapler with a sort of two-stitch sewing machine. Only solves the problem on the first page, though. What we really need is some sort of apparatus to remove staples without ripping the paper.
AO, Mar 20 2003
  

       I like the fishing line idea... all you would need is a small pair of scissors to remove it, and it would cause minimal damage to the paper.
Brain Fuct, Mar 20 2003
  

       Lexan? This is a first rate and eminently bakeable idea. It might be possible to do with hard plastic and only 2 small wire joints. But I have to think that the polymer exists.
bungston, Mar 20 2003
  

       Ahh...many delectable croissants for this excellent idea...how about using a flat type of the ubquitous cable tie, so that you slip the paper in, it punches the thin plastic wire through it twice, then clasps them (yes it'd be ingenious to figure out the clasping technique but hey, I already have...by the way, how do I post pictures?!) the clip the excess wire off...all in one easy stroke. I see issues with getting the plastic wire through the paper in the first place, however...perhaps an integrated miniature hole punch? Punch-push-clip-snip (no, not a good product name).
DrOuD, Mar 20 2003
  

       This would require a dedicated machine besides a stapler. But - you could give these away then make your money on the staples. A name - Seeples? Clearples?
bungston, Mar 20 2003
  

       Visiples
AO, Mar 20 2003
  

       And of course, invisible surgical staples...
pluterday, Mar 20 2003
  

       Maybe if the die plate (or whatever it's called) that bends the legs of the staples was heated, plastic staples could work.   

       Maybe plastic of some sort would work with a new type of "stapler" mechanism. Plastic pegs or legs would punch through the paper, contact a heated die and then be mushroomed like a rivet rather than being bent like a conventional staple.
half, Mar 20 2003
  

       Clear Staples2?
po, Mar 23 2003
  

       uhm, or you could have a 'margin' on the side of the paper, where nothing is typed, and staple in the 'margin'.   

       that wouldnt be as much fun as polymer-staples, tho. maybe they could just be really thin staples, so that they dont obscure much?
dumpstergirl, Mar 23 2003
  
      
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