I’ve done more than my fair share of antique silver repair and re
plating in my time. Though certainly not to the degree that Jeffery
In most all silver plated hollow ware the decorative finials,
handles, spouts and feet are cast out of a very low temp white metal
and are tin/lead soldered on. Melting temp often below 500F.
Powder coating has to be baked at 400F to cure. That’s why the parts
are falling off.
I’ve heard so many horror stories over the years from jeweler
friends who when asked to repair the handle or feet on Grandma’s tea
pot were horrified to see the part melt into a blob when trying to
use silver solder.
So newbies, when asked to do this. Run! Run away as fast as you can!
Leave this stuff to guys like Jeffery Herman who really know their
Have fun and make lots of jewelry.