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Most wire work artisans prefer to wire wrap cabochons using square wire and half-round wire. Square wire has flat sides so multiple lengths will butt against each other better than round wire.

However, using square wire to wrap these lengths together is tricky because the square wire can twist. Round wire is not easier either as it's harder to get a firm wrap when much of the wire is not going to be in contact with what you are wrapping. So many artisans use half-round wire where the flat side lies on the group of square wire lengths.

Square and half round wire cross sections
Square wire for the border of cabochons gives a distinctive look of its own to wire wrapped designs. If you don't like this look, it is possible to use round wire. Watch this video by Szarka of Magpie Gemstones and Szarka' where she shows how to keep a group of round wire lengths butted together i.e. flat. She also includes her tips on how to make neat wraps. Note that she still uses half round wire for the wrapping.

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