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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Keith on November 29, 2009, 12:57 AM

Title: Wire size?
Post by: Keith on November 29, 2009, 12:57 AM
What are your most used wire sizes? I'm getting some (aluminum) wire for Christmas and I need to choose 2 or 3 sizes to order. I was thinking 1.5 and 2.5? Only needed for basic branch work, nothing real thick. Thanks
Title: Re: Wire size?
Post by: Jerry Norbury on November 29, 2009, 06:05 AM
I find myself using 1mm and 2mm more...

I have little trees though : (
Title: Re: Wire size?
Post by: Steven on November 29, 2009, 08:05 AM
I use 1.0mm, 1.5mm, 2.0mm, 2.5mm the most for branches. 0.8mm if the branches are tiny and very delicate. 3.0mm or thicker if I'm dealin with thick, yet somewhat pliable, branches. Matter of fact I've begun wiring branches on a large Japanese Beech and 4 sizes mentioned above are what I'm using on it.
Title: Re: Wire size?
Post by: bonsaikc on November 30, 2009, 09:41 AM
If you are using aluminum wire, I have found that I always run out of 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 first. I don't use 1.0 mm wire at all. Generally speaking (except perhaps in the case of shohin and mame trees), anything that 1 mm wire will actually hold is too small to wire.

The key, though, is what kind of tree you are wiring and its size. For folks who are new to the hobby and have a few small trees, I recommend the first three sizes I mentioned. Get some bigger wire when you get bigger material.