I like the look of hard-wrapped stones. Hard-wrapping gives wire work an orderly look. However, there is a huge problem, and that has to do with the ends. Twisting the ends down can leave the piece looking knotted on one end. This detracts from clean lines of the hard-wrap.

Turning some of the end wires into a bail may resolve some of the problems, if your bail is perfect. On the other hand, if the bail is less than perfect, those flaws will be more apparent. I know this because I am still having quite a problem with my endings.

I thought about it long and hard and decided to turn my pieces upside down, leaving the ends long like tendrils. A holder is fashioned from the top, and spiral springs inserted as a bail. The ends are finished with small round beads. Although the cabochons are on the small side, I like the way this looks. The pieces look fine on a neck ring, but if put on a longer cord, they will hang nicely. >Labradorite cabochon with smaller labradorite beads, wrapped in sterling silver.

Look at the shimmer in this piece! You can’t see it in the first photo, but this particular cabochon really catches the light!

Obsidian cabochon with black agate beads, done in copper.

Back view of obsidian piece.

Let me know if you like these, or if they are a little too fussy. Feedback is a good thing!


  • cripkitty

    Lady you are just too busy for words! I love it. I wear the one you sent me all the time. 🙂

    April 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm
  • Lois

    Love them! I discovered a long time ago that you can have the wires coming out where ever you want them and love designing around that theme. These are great and I love your stones. Lois

    April 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm
  • Amy

    Lady you are just too busy for words! I love it. I wear the one you sent me all the time. 🙂

    June 6, 2010 at 7:30 am

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