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KatHelms 10-14-2012 07:33 PM

Fix a cheap metal decoration without welding?
My wife bought a pair of wall decorations made out of some sort of metal rods bent into the shape of flowers, with a part welded on that held a little tin flower pot;

Nothing too heavy duty (maybe 3/16 or 1/8 rod), but she tried to bend the piece that held the flower pot and it snapped off at the weld.

These things were pretty cheap, enough that I'd just go buy a replacement, but she bought them in some little shop on some shopping trip with her mother and sister more than an hour away, so it's not much of an option.

Is there anything I can do to try and fix this, not having any welding equipment? Is there a good strong epoxy that might hold if she promises not to yank on it?

oh'mike 10-14-2012 07:44 PM

JB weld is a darn good epoxy putty---not cheap but a good thing to have around the house for emergency repairs---Try that---

Fix'n it 10-14-2012 08:16 PM

yeah, JB weld will do it easy. just clean it well. for better results sand any paint/coating off first.

ddawg16 10-14-2012 09:36 PM

I also concure with JB weld. Don't try super glue....I really doubt it will work.

If the JB does not work....soldering it might...or if you know someone with a TIG welder....for them, it takes longer to put on the hood than weld the break.

imautoparts 10-15-2012 08:28 PM

If the metal is smooth take a file, a dremel tool, a grinder, really anything, and notch it and mess it up the two parts of the join so they are rough as you can make them without damaging the overall look of the piece.

Then get JB Weld at any auto parts store. The good thick stuff that looks like putty sticks.

Follow the directions, but put it on thicker than you think looks good. Let it dry for a couple three days, on the fridge top if it fits as the more dry heat the better.

When it is finished, if the "weld" area is rough or unsightly, you will then be able to sand, dremel or file the area until smooth. It can then be painted if you wish.

Hope this helps.

PS: Rust-Oleum metallics are absolutely unbelievable on home fixtures and lamps. I tried some and it is like magic. Fine finishes, easy to spray, dries almost instantly.

KatHelms 10-16-2012 07:10 AM

Thanks - I hadn't even thought of using JB Weld outside of car applications. I'll give it a shot tonight and see how it turns out.

KatHelms 11-06-2012 08:54 AM

Just to follow up on this, the JB Weld worked awesomely. Took a couple tiny files and cleaned everything off good, put on the goo and waited a day, then used the files to clean/smooth out the mess I made after it hardened.

I probably could still pop it if I wrenched on it hard enough, but I can tell it's stronger now than the original crap spot-weld that was on there.

Thanks again for the advice!

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