Refine the bead-holder piece. Use your jeweler’s saw to trim the excess material from the soldered end . Insert the bead-holder piece fully into the frame, and mark the tubing where it extends from the opposite side of the frame. Use your jeweler’s saw to trim the tubing to that mark; the tubing should lie flush with the edge of the frame.
Make the side with prongs
Cut the prongs. Use your jeweler’s saw to cut three 30 mm pieces of 16-gauge (1.3 mm) round wire for the prongs.
Position the prongs. Insert the prongs through the drilled holes in the remaining bead-holder piece, positioning them so they protrude only slightly on one side of the bead-holder piece. With the first bead-holder piece inserted in the frame, insert the prongs into the tubing slightly so that they are supported and aligned.
Solder the prongs. Place a pallion of hard solder at the short end of each prong, and direct the heat at the bead-holder piece, drawing the solder down the wires and through the holes. Again, make sure to avoid heating the soldered frame. Quench, pickle, and rinse.
Trim the excess material, using a jeweler’s saw. Slide the new bead-holder piece into place in the frame. If it does not sit completely flush against the frame, remove it, trim the wires slightly, and try the fit again. Repeat until the fit is flush.
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