Well, it’s tedious but not particularly hard if you use Argentium
sterling because you can treat it like gold when you solder. Any
reason for not just making head pins with gold wire??
Melt scrap gold on your soldering brick or charcoal to form the
Cut your silver wire and flux the end of the wire and a tiny spot on
the gold ball. Put a piece of silver solder on the brick, and torch
it until it beads up and immediately touch the fluxed end of the
silver wire to it.
The solder should cling to the end of the wire and perhaps run up
the wire a bit. Then heat the gold ball, when the flux goes glassy,
touch the soldered end of the wire to the spot and watch for the
solder to flow onto the gold ball.
Tedious. Torch control is necessary. Practice helps too.
I’ve not tried this, but you might just try plunging the fluxed end
of the wire into the molten gold ball. I suspect the temp of the
molten gold will determine whether or not the silver melts into the
ball. An experiment.
Let us know if you try this and how it came out.
Judy in Kansas, who is thawing the turkey.