I've admired some of the lovely work from some of my favorite artists and peers and their use of balled up metal in their designs. I knew that this was achieve by the use of a torch, but for some reason I could never figure out exactly how to make it work outside of my high school art class. I would hold the torch on the end of the wire, it would turn bright red, but it would never melt. But, like most of the techniques I've experimented with suddenly I figured it out. I wasn't holding the torch at the right angle. Once I learned how to hit that metal in the right spot it started to ball up, and boy did it happen fast. Waving the torch back and forth prevented pointed ends. I was doing it! And, I needed to incorporate the technique into something new and different. I had the perfect stone, a gorgeous Labradorite with bright blue flash.
I definitely plan to incorporate this technique into future pieces.