If the beads are borosilicate, you can use a torch carefully near
the bead without damaging it.
Soldering a wire to the sterling, placing the bead through the
wire, protecting the bead with heat sink or something similar to
keep the glass cool, and balling up the end of the wire. The bead
didn't make it, and even if it had, the ball would have needed
cleaning up and pickle would have broken the bead.
What gauge sterling wire are you trying to use? If it is relatively
large in relation to the size of the bead, the bead may become too
hot before the ball is formed. Using a hot flame, well-directed on
the wire end and avoiding the bead is key. The flame should be large
enough and hot enough to do the job quickly but not so large as to
envelop the bead, too.
Try a scrap of wire to see how much the length will be reduced by
making an appropriate ball on the end. Cut the wire to the length
needed for the bead and to form the ball with a little clearance at
the end of the bead. Place the earring part (with the wire pointing
up) in a third hand or holding device. Place the bead on the wire and
direct the flame horizontally toward the wire and across the bead.
Let the whole thing cool naturally and place it in the pickle after
it has cooled so you won’t shock the glass. The ball can be cleaned
up if necessary by hand if you don’t have other tools for metal
finishing. You can also try silver polish on a soft cloth or fine
abrasive paper. Try it out on a scrap wire first to find what works
Riveting a wire to hold the pieces together. I couldn't find a way
to do this without cracking of chipping the bead as I used the
hammer to make the rivet.
This can be done but takes a careful touch and practice. It may help
prevent (or hide) chips if you place a small domed disk (like a bead
cap) between the bead and end of wire rivet.
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