Here is a version of the criss cross wire wrap thingie I do. I must say that the symmetry on this one is a bit tough to get right without chewing up the wires. The Lapis Lazuli is absolutely gorgeous, so rich and luxurious.
Ultimate Knots The Non Slip Loop Knot. The strongest loop knot you can tie. Used by big game anglers worldwide. Easy to tie, far stronger and more reliable than the old fashioned strangulating figure eight knot that can substantially weaken line.