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Repairing cufflinks ?
« on: September 23, 2019, 10:59:55 am »
I've got a pair of cheapish cufflinks that were a present a couple of years ago.  The toggle on one of them has come away from the visible outer part.    They are not worth taking to a jeweller to fix but I'd rather not chuck them away if they can be rescued.

Is there a simple & cheap way to fix this ?  Would a basic soldering iron do the job & would the resultant join be strong enough?     
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Re: Repairing cufflinks ?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2019, 05:27:58 pm »
Since nobody else has bitten, do you know what they're made of?  You might get away with soft soldering on some metals, but if they're silver or gold, I'd suggest proper hard soldering them.
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Re: Repairing cufflinks ?
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2019, 05:50:07 pm »
Cheap "pot metal" at a guess. Nothing precious.     Would metal epoxy do the job ?
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Re: Repairing cufflinks ?
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2019, 06:06:05 pm »
Cheap "pot metal" at a guess. Nothing precious.     Would metal epoxy do the job ?
Probably.  I've also used cores from copper Twin & Earth wiring to make rivets for costume bracelets before now, any chance you could rivet it?
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Re: Repairing cufflinks ?
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2019, 08:02:38 pm »
Add Araldite to some form of mechanical joint.

Re: Repairing cufflinks ?
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2019, 11:42:31 am »
Bit late, but I've soldered 2 or 3 pairs over the years after the display plate became detached from the thing that goes through the button-holes.

Needs a bit of persistant heat but holds fine with electrical solder. And then you want to check what it's done to the front, it might have melted or burnt something. Worst case you still don't have a pair of cufflinks, so try anyway.
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