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« on: August 06, 2018 10:59:01 AM »

I have a 1 inch charm that broke.
The half circle part that allows the charm to be put onto a jump ring snapped off.
It's made from recycled metals, so according to the jewelers I brought it to, soldering isn't a good option.
Would E6000 provide a strong enough bond for a fairly decent sized charm on bracelet that is worn EVERY day?
If not, what glue or other option should I go with?

I'm attaching a Pinterest link to the bracelet in hopes that seeing the charm and bracelet style will help.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/409123947392265559/

This charm & the bracelet it goes onto mean the world to me, as it was the birthday gift my father gave me just under two weeks before he passed away. Please, please help.
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2018 11:14:50 AM »

I suggest gluing something to the entire back and having the ring on that part so it is securely attached without risk of it breaking. I am afraid glue of any sort will only be as strong as the tiny area of the bond if you try to stick the ring to the charm.
Alterately you could file the broken bit smooth then feed a ring through a gap in the design.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2018 11:18:41 AM »

Hi Mina505.  I'm sorry to hear your charm broke on your bracelet.  I do not think that E6000 will hold on an item being worn every day.  It's pretty dang sturdy, but your hands move so much that I think it would be an uphill battle for any adhesive.  I've found that once a charm is broken, it's nearly impossible to repair.  Perhaps if you can find a silversmith or a pewtersmith in your area, but even then, they would have to be heating the metal to bond the ring, and that risks damaging the design of the charm further.  

If I were you, I'd consider repurposing the charm so that it doesn't have to dangle.  Placing it inside a 'floating charm' pendant.  The kind that hinge open, and have glass on two sides, that you can put tiny charms inside of.  You can find them as pendants, or keychains, etc.  There are a million versions out there.  Here's one on Amazon.  https://smile.amazon.com/Mel-Crouch-keychain-Floating-Magnetic/dp/B072TXG69M/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1533579422&sr=8-15&keywords=floating+charm+locket
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2018 12:14:19 PM »

Thank you for your responses.
I've taken Mistress Jennie's advice and purchased a floating charm pendant for it.
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