can i solder rusted metal items together

i am going to create some small metal "sculptures" (desktop size)
using old found items (nails, small metal pieces, etc.), all of which
are rusted as a result of exposure to the elements. i want to be able
to connect the various pieces together as a form of artistic
expression. in that they are generally small items, i felt that
soldering them would be the best form of adhesion but the solder i
have tried does not seem to bind the pieces together. any thoughts/
ideas?
donl
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donl
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I once had some brazing rod that was *very* good on rust. But soft soldering over rust: Forget it!
Nick
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Nick Mueller
try epoxy.
i
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Ignoramus17471
Better to solder when clean and then develop a way of making the rusty patina that you want. Rusty items do not solder well, if at all. Most items to be soldered should be sanded or wire brushed bright.
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Gary Brady
On Mon, 23 Apr 2007 19:10:12 -0700, "Max"
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clare at snyder.on.ca
A little flux will make a difference too.
Max
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Max
=========== This may be a good application for epoxy, Comes in colors including clear. No heat distortion/discoloration. If you like the patina you may want to matt clear urathane spray after assembly.
Unka' George ================ When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. Common Sense, ch. 4 (1776).
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F. George McDuffee
"F. George McDuffee" wrote: This may be a good application for epoxy, (clip) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ You might even scrape a little rust of a donor part, and mix it with the epoxy, to make it blend even better.
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Leo Lichtman
That won't stick to rust, either(not much will). Read the directions sometime! Calls for clean surfaces.
Stan
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stans4
wrote: That won't stick to rust, either(not much will). Read the directions sometime! Calls for clean surfaces. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Ah, the perfect solution: Clean the surfaces; then solder, silver solder or braze. Then coat with epoxy that has some rust granules mixed in.
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Leo Lichtman
Have you tried acid cored solder?
Graham
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Graham Horne

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