This is a problem which most of us might consider “beneath” serious
consideration There is no money in it and no precious material. It
is just a small annoying problem. Even if I can find a way to do
this I won’t be charging anything for the work.
A well-meaning and totally inexpert (in this field) friend has
purchased a very cheap pot metal key-chain ornament - a sort of cast
medallion - and an equally cheap stamped-out sheet steel fitting
which he hoped to have assembled together into a sort of fixture for
a bolo tie - meant as a gift to some lover of bolo ties. He arrived
at my shop with this collection of bits in hand yesterday and asked
if I could solder the steel fitting to the back of the pewter (or
whatever it is). It seemed utterly impossible and I told him so.
There is the smallest chance I could tin the steel fitting and then
very carefully sweat it onto the back of the pewter medallion but I
figure this is no better than a 50-50 gamble. More likely the pewter
would melt right through I think He understands it would be no great
loss if this attempt failed, (he has spent a grand total of about $12
so far) but I don’t like to engage in futile exercises and told him
so in a kind way. He then asked about epoxy - another method in which
I have little faith. The steel seems to be plated with some shiny,
slick-feeling metal and my sense is that the epoxy would have no
chance to get a grip - the whole thing’d probably flake off in one
go, leaving a nice shiny patch of epoxy behind on either the pewter
or the steel.
But what do I know? This is not the sort of material I usually work
with. In general I have no faith in glue and metal. absent some
physical “keying” of the mating parts.
Anyone out there care to devote 2 minutes of thought or time to
render opinion as to the wisdom of either;
A. - Trying to solder steel onto pewter
B - Trying to epoxy two flat metal surfaces of steel and pewter
together. Total area of contacting surfaces about 1/2 square inch.
Marty in Victoria