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How to glue small metal wires together?

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How to glue small metal wires together?
Posted by Paul S on Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:57 PM

I am having trouble gluing small steel wires together for varius model parts.  I have tried to used Gorilla Glue, Testor's wood and metal and JD's metal weld (epoxy).  Any suggestions?



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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, October 22, 2018 2:41 PM
Are you talking end to end ? Probably not possible.Side by side,probably CA glue or epoxy.

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Posted by Cdn Colin on Monday, October 22, 2018 3:04 PM

Or, if it's metal to metal, try soldering them.

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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Posted by ddp59 on Monday, October 22, 2018 6:50 PM

except stainless steel so better off with copper, brass or bronze

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Posted by littletimmy on Monday, October 22, 2018 7:32 PM

If your trying to glue them "End to End" , you may want to cut a small piece of tubeing to slide over over the splice/joint. The tubeing should have an Internal Diameter just big enough to tightly fit over the wire. It doesn't have to be very long, just enough to cover the joint. Then you can use CA, or, Preferrably a 5 minute epoxy.

Dont worry about the tubeing joint not being "Prototypical". Many Fuel line's , hydraulic line's, and brake line's,  have "connector's" on them.

Soldering is also a Great way to join them "End to End", but this kind of joint will be kinda weak. So dont expect it to hold up under a lot of weight, or pressure. ( wire can be a bit "Springy" and will want to push away from whatever it's glued / soldered to, depending on what the other end is attached to.)

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".




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Posted by Silver on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 2:38 PM

Try strong white glue that dries clear.Then With a thin brush spot weld with ca liquid glue at major intersecting points .Works great on any type of engines .

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 10:27 PM


except stainless steel so better off with copper, brass or bronze



Yup. Why steel wires when softer ones work better.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6:28 AM

It might help to know a little more about what you are trying to build, and what size and material you are trying to work with.  If you have the CD archive of fsm articles, there was an article quite a few years ago on soldering metals.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 8:17 AM


 You don't indicate whether you want end to end or say , at corners . At corners you can cut the wire to fit place to place with the turn in the middle of the wire length . If it's a rail run for instance , you could stop one length at a stanchion and start the next run at that point .

   For making radars or other items out of brass , if the joint falls in the middle or the corners you will have to solder them . Sometimes on things like that , you have no choice

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, October 26, 2018 3:53 PM

We need more details. What are you trying to do? How are these parts going together? 




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Posted by JJFlyer on Saturday, November 03, 2018 11:00 PM

What I would do is connect the wires, dip them in superglue then immediately place in a bowl of baking soda which acts as an accelerant, repeat as necessary. Good luck!


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