Hi, I need to attach decorative silver (1/2 to 3/4 in. wide) to
metal french barrettes. I know that I can't use regular solder. The
barrettes are steel. Should I use soft solder and a soldering iron
or some kind of liquid nails or glue? I have seen beautiful silver
barrettes at a craft show and looked to see how they were
attached. It appears to be a glob of soft solder. Thanks. Any
suggestions would be welcome.
I wear barrettes all the time, so I like to make them, too. I do not
recommend soldering them, because the barrettes eventually break (if
you wear them every day, as I do.)
At first, I soldered tubing to the barrette, and flared it to make a
tube rivet. They look great, but are a pain-in-the-neck to re-do when
the barrette finding breaks.
Now, I attach with a silver “staple”. I hold the finding on the
barrette where I want it to go, and mark where the two holes are. I
bend two pieces of wire (16 gauge or so) in half, file a flat spot on
the ends of the bends so that there will be a strong joint, and
solder that to the decorative barrette----standing up straight like a
pair of soldiers. The holes in the barrette finding slide over the
wires. The wires are spread and laid down. Round the endings of the
wires. This method looks good, is easy to do, and easy to replace the
finding when it breaks.
If my description does not make sense, I can shoot a photo or two…