, also called, blacksmiths twist
or basket twist
are one of the few things that could distinguish hand forged work from any other.
However, today there are machines that can cold twist these forms.
While they do not have the grace of hand made basket twists they have cheapened the form.
One mistake in most instructions for making the basket twist is the need to turn and tap downward.
By initially twisting tightly the outer surface of the rods is stretched and when partially untwisted will expand on its own.
Slight downward pressure helps shape the bulb but the least used the more symmetrical and graceful the shape.