I recently had new kitchen cabinets installed. I used some very nice
pulls, frosted glass with brass bases. Everyone who comes over and opens a
cabinet seems to linger their fingers over the pulls, remarking that they
feel so nice.
The problem is that some of the glass parts have pulled free of the brass
bases. I repaired some using epoxy, but they don't seem to hold up. I put
one in my pocket yesterday to take to Lowes to see if they still carried
them (they don't) and it broke. Pulled the glass right off the knob! This
made me wonder if the reason they aren't holding up is that the epoxy is
shrinking (or maybe expanding) during curing and stressing the glass so
that any little bump breaks it. I know that hide glue was used for this
property to make some types of decorated plate glass. You paint on the
glue and as it dries, it shrinks and pulls a bit of glass from the surface.
Does epoxy change size during curing? And if so, is there another option
for gluing glass to brass for my knobs? It looks like it's going to be
near impossible to get more knobs, and I don't really want to replace all
of the kitchen knobs after only 2 years, so I'm eager to find a repair
"Pull hard and it comes easy"
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