Looking for some one that can repair the hinge that has broken off
on a churches teapot lid.
I’ve got something like that repair I just took in the other day. If
it’s what I think it is, it’s really quite easy to repair. I can do
it for you, as I’ve done these countless times, but you might just
want to try it yourself. Check the broken join with a graver or
scraper, and you’ll probably see that it’s a soft solder.
Those hinges that often break off are actually sweat soldered with a
low temperature solder. The knobs and handles are often attached the
same way. Just scrape the surfaces of the solder joints where they
parted a little, to remove any oxidation. Then, get some “Ruby Flux”.
It’s for use with what we used to call “radio solder”, comes in a
yellow tin, can be purchased in just about any hardware store. Flux
it up good, set it in place, then just start warming it with your
torch until you can see the solder start to flow. Don’t move it for a
while, you need to let the solder completely solidify. Clean it up
with soap and water and you’re done. Another approach would be to
clean the join where it broke, use some “Tix” flux and solder, which
Stuller and Rio carry, and renew the solder joint. There are a
couple things that can go wrong, but they’re easy to avoid. If the
solder doesn’t want to stick, it’s an oxide problem and requires
better cleaning of the joint. Resist the urge to increase the heat,
or you risk spreading the solder onto the piece or damaging the
plating. I know you’re good with a torch so this should be easy for
you. Good luck.
David L. Huffman