This evening in trying to true a rear wheel run over by a car I managed to snap a spoke on a 24-inch rim.
I have some salvaged spokes and spoke nipples from a destroyed 26-inch mountain bike rim, and I've eyeballed one of the 26-inch spokes and cut it with lineman's pliers to about the length of the 24-inch ones, but now I'm trying to figure out how to hammer or otherwise squash the spoke end that connects to the hub into a hemispherical shape to be retained by the hub.
Is there a method to do this that's reasonably simple, or would I be better off just buying some replacement spokes specifically for the 24-inch wheel?
Thus far I've tried using a workbench vise to hold the improvised spoke in place, applied heat with a butane torch for around a minute, then tried to hammer the tip to try to blunt it, but to no effect. The vise couldn't keep a good enough hold by itself to enable me to basically squash the head into that dome-like shape.