I don't always ball up the ends of my wire, but I do like to do it with brass.. mainly because brass is really tough to work with, and heating up the wire anneals it enough that it's pliable. That and I like flame.
I got these bronze gear things a while ago, and I had been wanting to make something with them since then.
I decided to anchor it to the stone as I was working. This isn't always the best way to do it, as there is way more for the wire to kink on as you are weaving, "sewing", and coiling.
I balled up another piece and wove it into place
Then I wove some copper wire for a short way along, shaping it to the big gear, and then using silver to attach a small gear and a bronze bead.
I folded the wire around the side of the stone and then anchored it to the other side and brought it back around, coiling as I went.
Coiling away.. I did some loopdy loop things and added beads, attaching the wire whenever it met another one.
No bail yet.
After aging and polishing.
Thanks for reading