24g wire, 33g wire, 18g wire and all the others?
the larger the number the thinner the wire.
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:
thank you for reply, what do i use for flowers? i see a lot of people use different.
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.
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?
You can stick the wire into a coffee stir stick and then stick that into your cake!
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.