## What Is The Difference Between

By swritik Updated 13 Dec 2009 , 1:40am by kakeladi

swritik Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 12:33am
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24g wire, 33g wire, 18g wire and all the others?

Thanx
Rita

7 replies
peg818 Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 12:58am
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the larger the number the thinner the wire.

Doug Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 1:00am
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the number (the gauge) is roughly equivalent to being the denominator of a fraction.

where 0 = the original bar of metal.

and then gauge = the thinness of the wire made

so 33g would be thinnest (roughly taking the original down to just 1/33 of its starting thickness), 22g, thicker and 18g thicker still.

this is done by extruding the wire (think running fondant through a clay gun to get threads of it.)

on up to 0g wire which is the original bar of metal now in a rod form.

the actual calculations are much more involved and also include info on electrical resistance.

for a detailed (warning MATH lies ahead) see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge

swritik Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 1:03am
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thank you for reply, what do i use for flowers? i see a lot of people use different.

Thanx

Doug Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 1:07am
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how big, how heavy is the flower?

22g a good starting point.

heavier -- 18g

light and delicate -- 33g

(analogy -- 1" rope (like 0g) can hold a lot. piece of string (33g) not so much)

match gauge to weight of item.

swritik Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 1:36am
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thank you for explaining, one last q and i am done lol

Once i am done with the flower and i want to put it on the cake what do i do with the wire? Do i cover it in something or just cut it off?

Loucinda Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 1:37am
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You can stick the wire into a coffee stir stick and then stick that into your cake!

kakeladi Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 1:40am
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It can be wrapped in floral tape, then put into a icing filled straw (or coffee stir-er); or dipped in chocolate before being placed in the cake.
NEVER, EVER!!! put UN-covered wires directly in a cake.