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