I've noticed this a lot also, and it looks to be un-anodized aluminum wire. It may be that it is simply more difficult or more expensive to source anodized black/brown aluminum wire in those locations. It usually seems that there is only one size wire on the entire tree, often doubled or tripled where a larger size would be needed.I keep seeing folks using silver wire, often people from hotter locations. Anyone know what it is, and cost comparison to other wire in the United States? Looks like it would be good option for prebonsai.
I found an old rusty pair of wire cutters that cleaned up nicer than Jack on the Titanic. $0.zero bonsai budget.
I get it, and not to sound like I’m making excuses, but I’m not at a time in my life where I’ve got the time to find wire and strip it. I’d say in a couple of years I’ll be able to though.I found an old rusty pair of wire cutters that cleaned up nicer than Jack on the Titanic. $0.
What type of Stovetop?
Gas anneals copper wire pretty easy on the stove, and a good session shouldn't add too much to the bill.
Dumpster dive your local cable company.
My At&t people ALWAYS leave the intertwined yellow and black copper that is perfect for fine wiring Junipers without even annealing it.
When you add I all up, including effectiveness of the wire, you spend less $ and energy finding and using copper than using anything else. If your final goal is having excellent trees you can display in training.
Any other wire you'll find doesn't come in the range of sizes amd strengths as copper or proper aluminum.
So you get used to it for what it is good for...
But then fuck up all your other branches you have to use a different type of wire on, or vice versa.
Like at a basketball arcade game, where 4 balls are one weight and the 5th is different, you're likely to miss the 5th. Then also the one after the fifth.
Dumpster Dive. I got a crate full of copper and counting.