Hi John, I’m replying to you off list because no one is going to like
my answer, and I’m not up to a big flaming right now. But they also
don’t work with Southwestern styles and have no clue.
To solve your problem, you’re going to need some solder stop, either
ochre or White-Out and some binding wire. Paint everything you don’t
want the solder to run with the solder stop, and dry it on with a
gentle flame until it’s red for ochre or dark brown/black for
White-Out. Let the piece cool. Then start wiring all the elements
down. I use wire with all the ‘tails’ on one side. Now, you’ll have a
problem with the shotting, because a round wire won’t want to stay on
top of a ball. For these you’re going to have to flatten the binding
wire to go across the area of the shotting, but leave the 'tails’
round so you can twist the wire to secure it. You can also use copper
wire if you don’t have a rolling mill to flatten the iron wire, but
you’ll need to coat it with a solder stop after flattening it and
prior to binding, and it also has to be dried on.
If you have a trinket kiln with a top cover, this will make your
soldering easier. Just put the piece in and let the kiln heat up the
metal mass, then use your torch to solder the bezel on. If you don’t
have a trinket kiln, get a helper with an extra torch to heat the
mass from the back side while you solder on the front side.
Hope it helps, and good luck!