Floral Wire Buying Guide

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Floral Wire Buying Guide

Whether one is just starting out in floral arrangement or an old pro, buying floral wire is an absolute must. However, with so many options in terms of types and gauges as well as a host of places in which to buy floral wire, getting what one needs fast and at the right price can seem tough. Indeed, buying floral wire is as much about research into buying options as it is about knowing flower arrangement itself.

The process of buying floral wire begins with a brief overview of the gauges of floral wire and their respective uses. Next, the types of floral wires available and their use both in flower arrangement and other crafting fields need to be understood. Finally, a close understanding of floral wire and its use in floral arts is essential before the shopping process can commence. Buying floral wire can itself be tough as well. This is why shopping online with eBay is a great option. With a few simple tips and tricks, buying floral wire can be done fast and effectively.

Understanding Floral Wire

There are several different types of wire which can be used in floral arrangements, however, before learning about the types of floral wire, one must understand that all wire, regardless of type, is measured by the same system: wire gauge. This information helps buyers to understand the nuances of floral wire types.

Wire Gauge

Used as a way to explain both the thickness and relative strength of a wire, gauge is a good way to evaluate a package or spool of floral wire to see whether it meet one's needs. And although higher gauges indicate thinner wires, what these numbers really mean can be confusing. The table below briefly outlines each of the eight most common wire gauges, their actual sizes in millimetres, and their main use in floral arrangement.

Wire Gauge

Thickness (in millimetres)

Uses in Floral Arrangement

18-Gauge

1.25 mm

Supporting heavy buds, such as roses

Robust work, such as wreaths

19-Gauge

1 mm

Supporting heavy buds, such as roses

20-Gauge

0.81 mm

Used on harder-stemmed flowers

22-Gauge

0.71 mm

All-purpose wire

24-Gauge

0.56 mm

All-purpose wire

26-Gauge

0.46 mm

All-purpose wire

28-Gauge

0.38 mm

Securing bows

30-Gauge

0.32 mm

Securing bows

The guidelines expressed in the table above are still rather flexible. Though wire gets thicker as its gauge decreases, knowing what that means is really all that is important. Basically, thinner wire is more malleable, making it easier to position in intricate settings. However, on the flip side, thinner wire is also more delicate and prone to breakage. Understanding these important differences is the key to selecting the right type of wire for each task in floral arrangement.

Types of Floral Wire

In addition to basic gauge, there are also several different types of floral wire available on the market. Each has its own unique function and can be best used for specific floral arrangements. Therefore, before buying floral wire, it is extremely important to understand each of these types and how to use them.

Green Stub Wire

Green stub wire is generally used in order to secure floral arrangements or greenery. There are several shades of green available designed to blend in with just about every colour of flower stem out there. Green stub wire, sometimes called paddle wire, is also commonly used to create wire bows. Non-crafting uses for green stub wire include hair brush bristles, communication equipment, and medical equipment. Generally, green stub wire is 22-gauge wire and available in both spool and stick form.

Paper Covered Wire

Probably the most versatile of floral wire types, paper covered wire is used in everything from general art to jewellery making. Paper covered wire is a great option for a variety of crafts because it comes in many different colours such as white, green, and metallic shades. It is used extensively in wreath making as well as holiday crafts, in addition to floral arrangements. Paper covered wire is available in gauges 18 to 26, and like green stub wire, is offered in both spool and stick form.

Enameled Wire

The final type of floral wire to consider is enameled wire.. This type of wire has a thin coating of insulation which is added in order to prevent wires from short circuiting if used for electrical applications. In floral arts, enameled wire is used for many purposes; predominantly as the stems of artificial flowers as well as a means to secure very large and heavy arrangements.

Outside of floral use, enameled wire is sometimes used inside of motors, transformers, and electromagnets. Enameled wire is generally only available in stick form, but is sold in all gauges. For non-crafting purposes, enameled wire is not only identified by its thickness but also by its temperature class, which typically ranges from 130 to 200 degrees Celsius.

Using Floral Wire

Floral wire is an absolutely essential tool for the artistic arrangement of flowers. It can be used on any type of flowers including fresh flowers, dried flowers,, and artificial flowers. It is also very useful when designing wreaths and floral sprays as well as corsages and other floral wedding accessories. The most basic use of floral wire is in the construction of a corsage.

Making a Simple Corsage Using Floral Wire

Though by no means the only use of floral wire, making a corsage is the most basic application of this important florist tool and should be a starting skill for anyone interested in floral art. This method is also easily adapted to both fresh and artificial flowers..

Sizing

One should begin by trimming the stems of each flower that is going to be used in the bouquet as well as the wire that is to bind them. A simple corsage is made of three roses or similarly structured flowers, such as chrysanthemums. Then one should trim the stem of each rose to 10 centimetres and then cut four 15-centimetre pieces of floral wire.

Threading

Next, the consumer should begin to thread the roses onto the floral wire, and do this by holding the bud area of one rose in the non-dominant hand. This area is right below the petals of the flower itself, above the flower's ovaries. Now the consumer should thread the wire through the ovary and bend the wire down each side of the stem, below the rose. Then he or she should twist the wires around the stem, making sure it is sung, but not too tight. The consumer should repeat this step with the other two flowers and two of the three remaining pieces of floral wire.

Wrapping

After threading each rose, one then wraps the wired portion with floral tape before bending two of the roses' stems to the left and right respectively. Now the consumer can arrange all three roses in the non-dominant hand and place accents such as baby's breath and a leather fern leaf around them. Lastly, one should wrap the fourth piece of wire around all of these stems and then wrap that wire with additional floral tape..

Buying Floral Wire on eBay

After understanding what types of floral wire are available and the gauges in which they are offered, buying floral wire is the final step. Floral wire is widely available in craft stores and floral supply shops, but many crafters and florists like to go online to eBay in order to find a wide selection of floral wire at great prices. Learning how to search eBay for floral wire is quite simple.

Before beginning an eBay search, make sure to sign in to your account or register for a new one. This helps to save searches for future reference as well as allows easy checkout once the proper item is found. The search process can then begin on any page through the general search bar. Type in an appropriate search term for what you want, bearing in mind that crafting wire is used in many applications, not just floral arrangements. Therefore, it may be wise to search for "22-gauge wire&" rather than "22-gauge floral wire&" if one is looking for variety.

Conclusion

Buying floral wire is absolutely essential if one wishes to arrange either artificial or fresh flowers. Particularly in floral crafts such as corsage and wreath making, floral wire is an essential element for success. However, before going out to shop, a buyer needs some basic knowledge about floral wire and its use in floral arrangements.

To start, one must understand how floral wire is used and which applications in a particular craft requires floral wire. This means reviewing the details of wire gauge as well as basic skills using floral wire, such as corsage making. Once this is understood, it is also necessary to review the three basic types of wire used in crafting. These are green stub wire, paper covered wire, and enameled wire. Each has a specific use within floral arrangements and comes in a variety of gauges.

Once one is ready to buy, there are many places that carry floral wire. However, eBay offers its customers a great selection of wires from a variety of sellers in one convenient place. Searching eBay is simple, and once you establish an account, it is extremely fast.

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