How to Wrap Wire with Tape

When using wire for flower arranging or craft, it is often useful to wrap the wire first. Wrapped wire looks better for decorative purposes and it can also make it easier for other items to grip to its surface, such as flowers.

Steps

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    Understand what look you're after. The less bulk, the better the final look. You can use parafilm, a stretchable, self-clinging tape that should appear barely discernible rather than "wrapped" when attached.
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    Hold the wire in one hand, between your thumb and index finger. Hold the parafilm in the other hand. If wrapping on a stem of an artificial flower, begin just under the base of the flower, where the wire has been inserted.
    • Wind the tape first around the wire or the flower base, to create the first clinging spot.
    • Wind once again around the same spot for firmness.
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    Keep winding all the way down the length of the wire. Twist the wire with your holding fingers, to help turn the wire and aid the addition of the parafilm.
    • Use a "stretch and pull down" action with the tape hand. Wind around once, slightly overlapping the last wind each time. You'll get the feel for it after a few tries.
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    Keep going until you reach the end. At the end, wrap around twice and beneath the end, then snip off. To finish, run your fingers down the length to smooth out the tape. Done!
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Parafilm does tend to snap now and then. Don't worry––simply patch in the next piece of parafilm and keep winding from the snapped spot.
  • Try a practice piece of wire to start with.

Things You'll Need

  • Parafilm
  • Wire
  • Scissors

Article Info

Categories: Flower Arranging and Floral Art