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Soldering beads into chain links


#1

This appears to be a fairly simple technique but I’d appreciate any
help on how to properly execute it.

The look I want to achieve is to make my own balled headpins, add a
glass seed bead, insert the headpin with bead into a chain link (on
a necklace), and ball the open end of the headpin in order to secure
it into the link of the chain.

I’d be working with sterling silver chain and headpins. Please let
me know if additional info is needed.

I’d be so grateful for any advice!
Anthe


#2

Try it with a small flame to ball up the ends of the wire and see
what happens. I’d like to know the outcome. Do the beads survive? I
tried this once with swarovski but it crackled and fell apart. Keep
us posted.

Cyndy


#3

Try it with a small flame to ball up the ends of the wire and see
what happens. I’d like to know the outcome. Do the beads survive? I
tried this once with swarovski but it crackled and fell apart. Keep
us posted.I missed this orginal question but thought I could comment.
I solder beads into chain links often. Obviously sterling silver
beads work great but I haveused swarvoski crystal with good success.
Just keep the flame away from the bead. Handblown glass beads are
great because they take a lot of heat. I have soldered on them,
around them, right next to them until the glass is “tacky” with the
heat. I just let them cool down in a piece of fiberglass kiln
blanket. I did have a glass artist tell me to put them in my kiln at
800 degrees F and let them cool down slowly but I have never done
that and I have never had the glass cool and crack later. Other beads
work too - turquiose, pearls,stone (no plastic) but the solder seem
has to be away from the bead and the torch cannot be aimed at the
bead. Firscoff flux is nice in the application when I do not want to
put the bead in the pickle or can’t hold the bead suspended out of
the pickle. Firescoff flux cleans off with just warm water and soap.
Experiment with beads you don’t like first made from similar
materials for your final project. Sometimes you can tempt fate and
sometimes not.

Good Luck - Have Fun!! Joy