In this blog, we introduce a number of methods of joining stainless steel wire as the applications are very diverse;
– Stainless steel mesh to stainless steel mesh
– Stainless steel mesh to stainless steel sheet
– Stainless steel mesh to other steels
– Stainless steel mesh to brass
The list goes on and we advise that you work with a reputable stainless steel fabricator.
For the home handyman I encourage you to search the internet for help with specific applications. Someone out there, somewhere, sometime, has almost invariably done what you want to do and is only too pleased to tell you about it via one of the many stainless steel or welding forums.
Fine stainless steel meshes can be welded or soldered. Larger meshes can be welded, clipped or tied.
We stock stainless steel “C” clips and closing pliers. The clips are made from 2mm, 316 grade stainless steel wire.
They can be used for joining;
– Stainless steel fencing wire
– Stainless steel barbed wire
– Stainless steel chainlink fencing
– Stainless steel welded rolls from 0.80 – 3.00mm wire diameter
– Stainless steel panels from 0.80 – 3.00mm wire diameter
Fine stainless steel meshes can be tacked using a spot welder, or seam welded using a spot welder with a roller electrode, as shown in this video clip by Sunstone Engineering https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJeLSl2I1oo.
A simple DIY seam spot welder is shown in this video clip by Welding Sciences https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uztiVJxeOVw.
Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, also known as gas metal arc welding is effective in the joining of stainless steel wire and mesh. The technique uses an electrical arc, as does a spot welder, but also uses a mix of argon and CO2 gases (called a shield) to prevent atmospheric contamination of the weld.
TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas or gas tungsten arc) welding can also be used. This is similar to MIG welding but, whereas MIG welding uses a consumable welding rod, TIG welding uses a non-consumable tungsten rod and a separate, consumable filler rod. TIG welding requires considerably more operator skill than MIG welding but there are TIG welding machines that automatically feed the filler rod, making it easier for the operator to achieve a high quality weld.
We have a range of stainless steel annealed tie wires which can be used to join stainless steel welded panels and stainless steel welded rolls. The range includes 304 and 316 grade stainless steels between 0.4mm and 4mm diameter. The annealing process makes the steel more pliable so it can be easily twisted.
Stainless steel meshes can easily be soldered but stainless steel has a very low thermal conductivity so applied heat will not flow out from the gas torch or soldering iron. While this means that more skill is required, it also means that molten solder is less likely to flow onto areas that you do not want it.
This video clip from American Beauty demonstrates the joining of two pieces of stainless steel mesh using solder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJEFf2Ogy0Y.