Susan, enamel can be safely fired over very high temperature solder.
Eutectic solder is the highest temperature, and is traditional to use
under enamel. Although many people don’t use it, I’ve had success
with very hard solder. Check the melting temperature of the solder on
its package or from its supplier and compare that to the temperature
of your kiln, and you’ll know what works.
I think that Belinda’s suggestion of a rivet is very interesting,
and that Karen’s idea of letting the “flower” pivot on its ear wire
"stem" might be workable. It would be chancey to think that enamel
could survive very long as a means of holding an ear wire in place.
The ear wire will have lots of pressure and twisting on it in use.
And, it probably isn’t a good idea to leave a small part of the
"flower" without enamel - it might start chipping around the edges.
It is probably safest to attach the wire at the end so it doesn’t
melt. However, if it does get annealed, you can gently twist the wire
to work harden it.
By the way, The Enamelist Society is a non-profit arts organization
founded in 1987 to educate and support enameling. We have a national
and international membership, and, among other services, we offer a
Conference every 2 years that features about 7 pre conference
workshops, and 7 post conference workshops. We’re just now talking
about having a torch fired workshop as one of the offerings. We also
sponsor an exhibition at the Conference, so let us know if you want
to be notified about it.
We welcome new members, and feel free to visit us at:
Marcia Rae Design
and Vice President of The Enamelist Society