More Help with Florist and Craft Wire.
It is supplied in three forms :Stub Wire Cut lengths usually in bulk packs of 2.5 kilos or 1 Kilo. This can be in either Blue Annealed Wire, Green Coated Wire or Rose Wire. Usually only the thin gauged wire (Rose Wire) is in 1 kilos. Supplied in a selection of lengths from 7inch to 14inch. Use the cheaper blue annealed wire where appearance is not important. It is not in fact blue , this relates to the annealing process which softens the wire. It is brown or black.
Retail Packs. Stub wire in small retail packs. Ideal when only a small quantity of wire is required or for resale.
Reel Wire - Usually thinner gauge wire supplied on reels. Like Stub Wire available in Blue Annealed , Green and Rose.
Florist wire conversion table.
18 Gauge - 1.25mm Thick
19 Gauge - 1.00mm Thick
22 Gauge 0.71mm Thick
24 Gauge 0.56mm Thick
26 Gauge 0.46mm Thick
28 Gauge 0.38mm Thick
30 Gauge 0.32mm Thick
32 Gauge 0.29mm Thick
18 Gauge wire is available in pre cut lengths ( Stub wire ) and on the roll ( Reel Wire ) is the strongest florist wire available, although it is a strong wire it can be moved and shaped . 18 gauge wire is generally used for more robust wiring work for instance Christmas Wreaths . This is not a galvanised wire so is more prone to rust after long periods of time.
20 Gauge wire is a flexible wire that will hold its shape very well and is quite easy to bend and is used for wiring work usually with the more harder stemmed flowers. This is not a galvanised wire so is more prone to rust after long periods of time.
22 Gauge wire is the most flexible of the basic florist.
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