Wrapping Stones and Beads with Half-Round WireA55R
Half-round wire is semi-circular in shape. This detail makes half-round wire ideal for wire-wrapping round or irregularly shaped objects as its flat side hugs the object being wrapped. This also makes the wire economical as it is half its gauge weight compared to round wire in the same gauge.
To wrap a freeform gemstone bead you can bypass the drill hole and treat the bead like a slab or stone. The individuality of the wrap is defined by the shape of the stone or bead you are working with, so you can expect each piece you wrap to be different. Enjoy the process and wire up!
The 20-inch length of wire is based on the overall size of the stone shown. The wraps take up more wire than you might expect so make certain there's extra in your measurement.
Have smooth jawed flat-nose pliers ready, but realize that with dead-soft wire the shaping can be done by hand to form a tight fit. In a way, your hands become your tools.
As you wrap upward consider the wire you have left to make a bail and the neckpiece the pendant will hang from. The bail can be as few as two wraps or as many as five depending on available wire.
Use a jumpring mandrel with varying millimeter sizes suitable for your neckpiece. This design uses the 5mm size found on the smaller jumpring mandrel. A forming pliers with stepped barrels can also be used.
Keep the flat side of the wire on the surface of the mandrel, hugging the mandrel with the remaining wire as you form a consistent coil. Again, make as few as two or as many as five coils for the bail. Flush-cut excess wire and file wire end if necessary.