HI–i’d like to add some variations—when using the wire–I
like to use 24 or 26 ga. wire. wind it around a thick needle or
pin stem, using it as a mandrel. After making the tiny coils,
remove them from the needle and pull them apart out slightly.
With a fine tip cutter, snip the top of each coil, leaving tiny
half circles of uniform size. This eliminates the need to judge
the size of each piece. I usually carve a channel around the
top of the charcoal block about a quarter inch from the edge.
Then I lay out the pieces and heat them one by one. The channel
prevents them from rolling off the charcoal. Use a small
flame, otherwise the pressure of the flame pushes the little
balls around and when they meet another wire, they merge and you
get one large granule instead of two small ones. Sandra