How to Adhere Two Pieces of Aluminum?

by Pattie.
(New Hampshire)

Adhering Two Pieces of Aluminum?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

I have recently been working on a new mixed media pendant idea.

Problem is I need to adhere the bail to the back.

I have roughed up the areas to be joined and cleaned prior to gluing with alcohol.

Have had a little success but believe there must be something a little stronger than where I am with it right now.

Hopefully someone has experienced or experimented with the the same issue.

Pattie

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  • Pattie, have you tried E6000 glue?

    Also, do you have some scraps of your aluminum, so you can experiment on those instead of on your actual pendant?

  • Pattie says:

    That was going to be my next choice. Have you tried gluing metal to metal at all? I have been experimenting on scrap pieces. This is a finished one I wanted people to visualize what I am trying to do.

  • Sarah S says:

    you might also try some resin clay,

  • Dianne says:

    Hi Pattie, I find 2 part epoxy is the best solution.

  • Paula Trehey says:

    I was taught to rough up both metals where you are attaching them together. Then use E6000 to bond them.

  • Jane Jennings says:

    Yes, E6000works great. But be aware it must cure for at least 2 days. After that, it will be super secure.

  • Pattie – If and only if you solder with a torch, please be aware that Harbor Freight sells low temperature rod that will produce an “aluminum weld.” The price is $16.99 for 8 pieces. They work well and I believe they are definitely worth the money. Following is Harbor’s description on the rod:

    Description

    Weld aluminum with any low temperature torch – even a propane torch. These aluminum welding rods are harder than mild steel which results in minimized parent material distortion during welding. You’ll also get a stronger weld than the parent aluminum material without flux or other welding material.
    Harder than mild steel
    Low working temperature (730° F)
    No flux or fumes
    Excellent corrosion resistance
    Minimize parent material distortion during welding
    Specifications

    Name
    Low Temperature Aluminum Welding Rods 8 Pc
    SKU
    44810
    Material
    Aluminum
    Quantity
    8
    Shipping Weight
    0.36 lb. .

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