Types of Floral Wire

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Types of Floral Wire
Floral wire is used for many types of arts and craft projects. (handworks 2 image by stassad from Fotolia.com)

Floral wire is used for many other purposes beyond flower arranging. Floral wire is used in the making of jewellery, wreaths and various other arts and crafts projects that require strong wire to hold items in place. Due to its diversity of uses, floral wire comes in a variety of colours, sizes and textures.

Green Paddle Wire

Green paddle wire is most commonly used for securing flower arrangements and for securing greenery. It comes in various shades of green in order to blend in with most flower stems and green plants. Green paddle wire can also be used to wire bows or used for bristles in hair brushes. It is also often used for wiring needs in communication devices and medical equipment. Most green paddle wire comes in a 22-gauge wire strength and comes in sizes ranging from 6 to 30 feet in length, either in spool or stick form. It can easily be found at most arts and craft stores. Prices vary based upon retailer.

Paper Covered Wire

Paper covered floral wire is versitile and can be used in a myriad of arts and crafts projects. Paper covered wire is commonly used for wreath making, securing flower arrangements, jewellery making and holiday crafts. It comes in a variety of colours such as green, white, metallic silver, metallic red and metallic silver. Paper covered wire is normally made from 18-gauge to 26-gauge strength iron or electric galvanised wire and then covered in a thin paper coating. Paper covered floral wire typically comes in spool or stick form in sizes ranging from 18 inches to 30 feet in length and can normally be found at most arts and craft stores. Pricing for paper covered wire varies based on retailer.

Enamelled Florist Wire

Enamelled floral wire is coated with a thin layer of insulation designed to prevent the wire surfaces from short circuiting when wound into coils. Enamelled floral wire is strong and used for a variety of purposes. Beyond being used for securing large and heavy floral arrangements, enamelled florist wire is commonly used in the construction of motors, electromagnets, transformers and inductors. It comes in a variety of colours such as red, blue, green and yellow. Enamelled wire is normally sold in stick form and is classified by its diameter, temperature class and insulation thickness with common temperature classes ranging from 130 to 200 °C. Enameled florist wire can typically be found at most arts and crafts supply stores. Prices vary based on retailer.

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