How to Use Floral Wire

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How to Use Floral Wire

There are many uses for floral wire both within the art of floral design and other crafts. In addition to lengthening flower stems for easy handling and securing floral arrangements and greenery, the wire is commonly used for making jewellery, wreaths, and in other craft projects where durable wire is needed to hold items in place. Floral wire can also be helpful when making professional bows. Floral wire is made of flexible aluminium and is usually coated, often in green to blend in better with the stems of flowers. However, it can be found in many other colours, including white and silver. Floral wire is available in various lengths, thicknesses, and textures.

When purchasing floral wire at retailers such as eBay, buyers should consider the various types, understand how to use them within floral arrangements, familiarise themselves with the different wire gauges available, and learn how to determine the appropriate wire gauge and length to use for a project.

Types of Floral Wire

There are various types of floral wire. Determining the appropriate type is based on the intended purpose of the wire as well as the heaviness of the floral arrangement.

Green Paddle Floral Wire

Green paddle wire is used widely within the florist industry to fasten flower arrangements and greenery. It is also used to provide shape to finishing touches such as bows. As suggested by its name, this wire is often found in various shades of green. The colour helps it to blend in with the foliage. Green paddle wire may also be used as wiring in communication devices and medical equipment. It usually comes in a 22 gauge wire strength and ranges in length from 1.8 to 9 metres. It can be found in spool form or in pre-cut segments, referred to as wire stems.

Paper Covered Floral Wire

Paper covered wire is ideally suited for arts and crafts projects. This wire is used for everything from jewellery making to securing wedding bouquets. It comes in a wide array of metallic colours, as well as green and white. Paper covered wire is usually made from 18 gauge to 26 gauge strength iron or electric galvanised wire, which is then covered with a thin paper coating. It ranges in length from 0.5 to 9 metres. Similarly to green paddle wire, paper covered wire can be found in both spool and stick form.

Enamelled Floral Wire

Enamelled floral wire is versatile, so it is ideal for a wide variety of purposes. This wire is coated with a thin layer of insulation, which helps to prevent the wire surfaces from short circuiting when wound into coils. The strength of enamelled floral wire means that it is well suited for securing large and heavy floral arrangements. The wire is also used in the construction of motors, electromagnets, transformers, and inductors. Enamelled floral wire can be found in various primary and secondary colours, including red, blue, green, and yellow. Unlike paper covered wire and green paddle wire, enamelled floral wire is not often found in spool form. It is classified by its diameter and insulation thickness as well as its temperature class, which ranges from 130 to 200 degrees Celsius.

How to Use Floral Wire

Although floral wire is versatile, it is most commonly used in the construction of flower arrangements. The flowers may be dried, silk, or fresh.

Making a Corsage Using Floral Wire

When making a corsage, flower wire is a necessary component. Begin the process by cutting the stem of the rose to 7 centimetres. Then cut four pieces of floral wire to 12 centimetres. Next, hold the roses in the non dominant hand, just below the flower, at the point where the ovaries meet the petals. This causes the ovaries to bulge, which allows space to insert the wire through the ovaries and out of the other side. Then bend the wire down both sides of the stem, away from the rose, before twisting the wires snuggly around the stem. This process should be repeated with two more roses.

Once complete, wrap floral tape over the wire. This is best accomplished by twisting and stretching the floral tape around the stem all the way down to the base. Then bend two of the wired rose stems, one slightly to the left and one slightly to the right. Holding all three roses, complete the process by placing sprigs of gypsophila, commonly known as baby's breath, behind the straight rose and between the two bended roses. A fern leaf should be placed behind the flowers. The final piece of floral wire should be wrapped around the stems of the wired roses, baby's breath, and fern leaf. Floral tape should then be placed over the wire around the corsage.

Gauge of Floral Wire

Floral wire is measured according to its thickness, commonly referred to as the gauge. In general, the lower the gauge, the thicker and less flexible the wire. The table below lists common floral wire gauges and their thickness in diameter.

Wire Gauge

Thickness in Diameter (mm)

16

1.63

18

1.22

20

0.91

22

0.71

24

0.56

26

0.46

28

0.38

30

0.32

32

0.27

34

0.23

In general, thicker, lower gauge floral wire is sold in pre-cut short bundles. Buyers can usually find pre-cut bundles up to 22 gauge. Thinner, higher gauge wire is sold in spools. This is often preferred as it allows buyers to cut the floral wire to a desired length so that there is no waste.

Determining Appropriate Wire Gauge and Length

When embarking on a floral arrangement or other craft project, buyers should learn how to determine the appropriate wire gauge and length. Working with large quantities of wire can become difficult to manage, whereas not using enough can compromise the sturdiness of the bouquet. Buyers must determine what length of stem they are trying to create as this can affect the choice of wire. Longer stems need heavier wires.

When working with heavy flowers such as roses or lilies, buyers should invest in a lower gauge wire that is thick enough to support the weight of the flower head. So, buyers should consider choosing wires between 16 and 22 gauge. On the other hand, when wiring medium and lightweight flowers, a 22 to 28 gauge wire works best.

Buyers should aim to use floral wire that supports the weight of the stem without overdoing it. This is especially important to take into account when working with corsages and buttonholes as the thickness of the combined floral wires and floral tape can add up quickly when the whole piece is assembled.

Thin floral wire, which ranges from 26 to 34 gauge, is usually used similarly to thread. This wire is ideal for leaf stitching, which entails stitching the wire through the veins on the back of a leaf. This allows florists to bend the leaf perfectly in very detailed, precise flower arrangements where placement is important.

Buying Floral Wire on eBay

There is a wide selection of floral wire on eBay. Buyers can search for floral wire from the eBay home page by entering keywords into the search field and then narrowing down the results using the eBay filters. Buyers can include information about the gauge of the floral wire that they require, the colour, and the condition. This can save the buyer from searching through the large quantity of floral wire that eBay has to offer. Alternatively, buyers can choose to search for floral wire using eBay's advanced search feature. Searching by using this method allows buyers to limit their search by item location or to items sold by Top-rated sellers.

Buyers should inspect the condition of the floral wire before purchasing by looking at the photos and reading the item description. In the event that any questions remain unanswered, such as the floral wire's length, then buyers are encouraged to use the "Ask a question" link that can be found on every listing page. This link allows buyers to communicate with sellers directly to find out further information about the floral wire. Most sellers are happy to provide any additional information to promote a positive transaction.

Conclusion

Floral wire is used widely within the florist industry for making everything from wedding bouquets to corsages and bows. Its durability means that it can be used in electronics. When searching for floral wire, buyers should consider the intended purpose of the wire. This helps to determine both the best type and the appropriate gauge. Lower gauge floral wire is best suited for use with heavy floral arrangements. This wire is usually found in pre-cut bundles. High gauge floral wire is often preferred for its flexibility. This allows buyers to use the wire in a similar way to thread. High gauge floral wire most commonly comes in spools, allowing buyers to cut precise lengths of wire.

Working with floral wire can be rewarding as it enhances a flower arrangement. Once equipped with the proper knowledge, buyers can make their own floral bouquets easily. eBay offers a wide variety of floral wire designed to fit the needs and budget of every florist.

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