of-mystery-metal knickknack, bought on some trip to wally-world
or someplace... each with a decorative doodad broken off. Since
I can weld, they asked my wife if I could fix them, who said sure,
metal is metal, after all! ().
As you said, it was not quite clear where the ground clamp would
Anyway, rather than get into a long and no doubt
losing discussion, it was a perfect excuse to go buy one of those
small butane micro-torch thingies (think cigarette lighter on sterioids!)
and ultra-low-temp solder (not knowing what these things were made out
of, regular solder might have melted at too high a temp).
Net result, the Friends are happy ("Boy, Frank can fix Anything!"), Wife
is happy ("My husband is so talented!") and I'm happy ("New Tool! I Win!")