Wire Gauges & Uses

Wire Gauges & Uses

Professional florists wire  for a good reason – which may seem like a very daunting task at first, but with a little more knowledge flower wiring will all make perfect sense.

Flower wiring can extend and strengthen flower stems, hold foam in place, secure bouquets and corsages, secure greenery to a wreath or centrepiece, allow for full control of all components in your arrangement and much more.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many wire gauges to choose from? The higher the gauge number the finer the wire. You must think carefully when choosing your gauge – a wire too thick may bruise or tear the flower or leaf, and a wire too thin may not hold enough support. There is no easy answer here – this knowledge will come with experience.

Please see below table with information regarding each Wire Gauge. (The smaller the gauge number the thicker the wire)



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18 1.25mm This is the thickest wire.
20 0.90mm Mounting in wedding work. Can use on Roses, Lilies. Used when creating Button Holes.
22 0.70mm Support Wiring – Roses, Gerberas, Carnations, Tulips, Calla Lilies

Can also use for Mounting in wedding work for slightly lighter flowers or leaves. (e.g.: Camellia Leaves, Freesias.

24 0.60mm Support Wiring for lighter flowers and leaves (e.g. Singapore Orchids). Used when creating Button Holes.
26 0.46mm Pipping. Wiring small flowers and leaves for wedding work. (e.g. hyacinths, stephanotis pips, Ivy Leaves). Binding Moss to a frame or securing a wired bouquet.
28 0.38mm Wiring small flowers and leaves for corsages. E.g.Roses



Support Wiring for very fine flowers and leaves (e.g. Corsage work). Feathering. Ideal for wiring ivy leaves, baby camellia leaves, lily of the valley, Jewellery.

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