These 16 Gauge floral stem wires are 18 inches long and come 12 pieces to the package. Wire is a basic need for crafting your beautiful handmade paper flowers. The small wire can be used for making the veins in the leaves or petals and the larger is used for the flower stems. The larger the flower is the larger wire you will want to use to give it more support. Wire comes in a lot of different gauges. The larger the gauge number is the smaller the wire is. An example would be: 24gauge would be smaller wire than a 14 gauge wire. Floral wire has many uses it can be used as stated above or can be used to reinforce real flowers stems, lengthen stems, or attaching floral materials and decorative pieces to wreaths, and also used in general craft projects.