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mckeonj
81184.  Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:27 pm Reply with quote

My wife needs to get a present for a 10th wedding anniversary, and discovered by Google that the recommended material is Tin, (or aluminum in USA). She asked me what kinds of things were made of Tin, and I cannot answer. You see, I have a sound practical and theoretical knowledge of metals, and I know what Tin is, and so does Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin
and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_%28disambiguation%29
but the common usage is confusing. Baked Bean Tin is made from plated steel, tin soldiers are made from a lead alloy, tinned copper wire is covered with another lead alloy.
Did I mention Brass and Bronze?
Now she tells me that she has settled on 'enamel' as a substitute, and I'm going to have one of my headaches, because enamel is glass fused onto a metal alloy. I can't wait for a forthcoming discussion on 'crystal'.

 
Andrew
81187.  Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:49 pm Reply with quote

I call it a Baked Bean Can, not Tin personally...

 
Celebaelin
81195.  Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:14 pm Reply with quote

Thereís also

* Plumbers Alloy (33% lead and 66% tin),
* Pewter (75% tin and 25% lead),
* Type Metal (75% lead, 5% tin, and 20% antimony),
* Bearing Metal (82% tin,14% antimony, and 4% copper)
* Phosphor Tin (made by adding phosphorus to molten tin)
* Bell Metal (78% copper, 22% tin)

How about
http://www.pewter.co.uk/

Although it is well known that you can never have enough bells, there was a hand hammered bell-metal Nepalese Singing Bowl on eBay but bidding has finished, personally I have several but maybe you donít want to be that obvious.

 
gerontius grumpus
81218.  Sun Jul 23, 2006 6:03 am Reply with quote

Lead free solder is about 96% tin with just a hint of copper.
She could buy a roll of that for about £5, I don't know how much it would cost in Euros. Anyway it would make a lovely present for someone who likes soldering but doesn't like lead.

If she opts for enamel there are some good East European made mugs available.

 
mckeonj
81291.  Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:20 pm Reply with quote

gerontius grumpus wrote:
Lead free solder is about 96% tin with just a hint of copper.
She could buy a roll of that for about £5, I don't know how much it would cost in Euros. Anyway it would make a lovely present for someone who likes soldering but doesn't like lead.

I think a roll of lead free solder would make an ideal present for a couple who have been married for ten years. After all:
Quote:
"The family that solders together, stays together."

 
barbados
81298.  Sun Jul 23, 2006 1:12 pm Reply with quote

How about this it shows some thought has gone into the gift

 
Andrew
81305.  Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:02 pm Reply with quote

barbados wrote:
How about this it shows some thought has gone into the gift


Wow yes, a LOT of thought - very clever :-D

 
Celebaelin
81333.  Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:28 pm Reply with quote

mckeonj wrote:
Quote:
"The family that solders together, stays together."

Shouldn't that be "The family that is soldered together, stays together"?

Other than that wouldn't it just be 'soldering on'?

 

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