What Gauge Of Wire Do You Use For Ivy And Rose Leaves?

Decorating By sweettreat101 Updated 4 Jul 2012 , 6:41pm by sweettreat101

sweettreat101 Posted 3 Jul 2012 , 7:49pm
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I am down to making the stamens and leaves for my next cake project and I need to know what gauge of wire do most decorators use for their ivy and rose leaves? Thank you.

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Dayti Posted 3 Jul 2012 , 8:44pm
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I use 26 or 28, depending on which I have to hand.

sweettreat101 Posted 4 Jul 2012 , 8:23am
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Thank you. I thought a heavier gauge wire was used for leaves and ivy. The wrapped wires in the picture that my friend gave me seem thicker than a 26. For some reason the only wire I can find at Michaels is 20 or 22. I had trouble finding 26 gauge they only had two packs of silver on clearance. I had to use non toxic white craft paint to coat the part of the wire inserted into the lily petal so it wouldn't show through. Thank you for responding.

Dayti Posted 4 Jul 2012 , 3:25pm
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It only needs to be a heavier gauge for leaves if you are making them super big. Also, once you get to taping your leaves into stems/a spray you don't want them too heavy or your ivy/leaf stems will be a bit chunky once they are all fixed together!

sweettreat101 Posted 4 Jul 2012 , 6:41pm
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Thank you.

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