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Attaching items to mugs? Answered

I would like to make myself a bespoke steampunk-esque mug using metal clockwork gears and cogs.  I've tried to find what I want ready made but nothing is quite right.

What would be the best adhesive to use that would withstand regular use with hot drinks (we're talking at least a dozen cups of tea a day, I'm British) and would be dishwasher safe?

I also suspect I may need to seal the pieces once stuck on, what is good for that?

Thanks.

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Kiteman

3 years ago

Oh!

Why not make the mug from scratch? Make some sort of mug-shaped mold, fill it with the gears etc, then pour in clear casting resin.

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Jack A Lopez

3 years ago

What is the material you're working with?

If it is all copper and brass, why not use solder to hold it together? I am guessing you would want to use the lead-free kind, the same kind used for soldering copper pipes together.

Or maybe you just want to glue a bunch of copper and brass to a ceramic mug?

The last place I saw copper and ceramic perfectly bonded together was in a magnetron tube, part of a microwave oven, and I still don't know how that was accomplished. It was some powerful magic for sure.

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NikitaN5Jack A Lopez

Answer 3 years ago

It would be metal-on-ceramic. I want to buy a plain mug and build on it.

Although, if I knew I could make a mug from scratch out of parts and end up with one safe to drink from, that would be even better! Just not something I've done before that way.

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Jack A LopezNikitaN5

Answer 3 years ago

Oops. I wrote a reply to this, but I accidentally put it at top level. It's easy to spot. It is the one that suggests using hose clamps, plus strips of squishy gasket, for to clamp an outer, decorative, steampunky shell to an inner, functional, vessel, made to hold hot tea.

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Jack A Lopez

3 years ago

I think there may be ways to attach metal to a ceramic mug, without using glue.

If the metal part is sufficiently elaborate, it can be strong enough to hold itself together, kind of like an exoskeleton.

Then all you need is some sort of means to clamp it to the mug. Hose clamps are the answer that sort of pops into my mind first, specifically the kind called screw band (worm gear), shown here, from the Wikipedia article titled, "Hose clamp":

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hoseclamps.scre...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hose_clamp


Also it would probably be good idea to have some sort of squishy gasket underneath the hose clamp band, for to even out the forces from the tightened hose clamp. The reason why is because ceramic is brittle, and it can crack if it feels too much force concentrated in one place.

Leather would be a good, authentically steampunk, material to use for the gasket under the band. A modern synthetic elastomer, like rubber from a bicycle intertube, would work too, and it probably wouldn't be that noticeable as a thin strip, the same width as, and under, the hose clamp band.

Anyway, this idea of an inner, functional cup, to hold your hot tea, plus outer, decorative shell, this idea could probably be generalized to other inner-outers.

For example you could make the inner cup out of a borosilicate glass beaker. You know, borosilicate glass is good with hot liquids, easy to clean by hand, also dishwasher safe. For something you plan on drinking out of, you'd naturally want it to be a new, virgin, glass beaker, rather one borrowed from a lab somewhere.

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Yonatan24

3 years ago

Use "Epoxy Putty", It's an amazing glue, And it shouldn't be very expensive

Other options could be: Regular 2-Part Epoxy, Or Silicone

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rickharris

3 years ago

Araldite ( 2 part epoxy glue) Unlikely to be dish washer proof over a long time.

Sealing them will be a problem.