What's the best way to attach nails to each other?

I have a bunch of cut masonry nails and I would like to make a mask out of them. Here's the catch: The design I have in mind requires that they're only attached in the head area (Ex. VVVVV), because I need there to be gaps in between the nails; this also requires that I don't just glue them onto a regular plastic mask. I have some ideas about using hot glue, JB Weld, and solder/welding, but I any advice from people that have any experience in the matter would be appreciated.


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ANDY!4 years ago
Do you have something like a form that you're gonna mold it off of or do it freehand putting them together? I'd use a magnet on the back of an existing mask (an old damp paper or wood mask that you don't need) and spot weld or solder the nails together. I agree with everyone who says you should avoid welding zinc plated /dipped/galvanized nails. A friend of mine welded conduit, which is galvanized, and got sick. Soldering might be ok because it isn't as hot as welding, but I can't say that for experience!
AKA "Welder's flu" apparently.
Magnets some people say it is attractive.

Believe it or not since it is a mask silicone.

Silicone is safer for your face it will flex before it cuts you.

I understand people are polarised on the subject.
rickharris4 years ago
Weld them
I have heliarc welded nails with cover gas and must have de-galvanized without knowing :-)
Ignorant question: do you have to do something to un-galvanize them before welding?
on such a small item i would say no - BUT avoid the fumes given off.

If you want to remove the galvanising soak them in some acid.
Thanks guys. I knew I had read something about it in the past.
Burf oldmicah4 years ago
Common cut nails aren't galvanized, but if you decide to glue them in any manner, you will need to thoroughly degrease them. A degreasing solvent or a strong laundry detergent solution will work.
bwrussell4 years ago
Welding or JB Weld if they don't see a lot of force.