Yes, I have experience doing this before, both on purpose and by accident.
Here's what I have discovered:
Shoot toward the source of light with a dark background. Any patterns will show up better against the background. It is present in all pictures but flare is most apparent when there is enough contrast between it and a plain featureless background dark enough to reveal it.
Furthermore, the condition of the surface of the objective lens affects the amount and kind of flare. Your example shows a relatively clean surface. Individual defects will appear differently. Overall dust will provide an overall decrease in contrast. Overall dust will dilute the shadows and reduce the dynamic range of the scene. Individual dust particles will produce individual lighter spots on the dark background. Scratches and digs will appear as bright circles. Bubbles in lens glass affects flare, minimally, but not focus.