i think i posted this once before but I will place it here (for those who have asked me). at one time i had used the floral wire and then I read this post.. here is the lastest update on my wire use. ..
I stick my wires directly into my cakes 90% of the time, because I buy stainless steel food safe wire. It can be purchased in rods or on spools and in many different gauges. It is the wire used in orthodontics, surgery, baking and food industry. The manufactures have the food grade certification. I dont know if the websites will show up here, so go to your browser and type in "food grade safe wire" it will bring up a variety of sites and you can choose which company you want to use. i suggest looking for that certifcation notice. I prefer a company that doesnt have a minimum order and offers spools in a variety of guages. One company I came across offered it in a variety of colors, it was a thinner grade used for braces but can hold small delicate flowers. I hope this answers all the questions that have been asked of me.
Unless it is a certified food safe wire, I strongly suggest staws or coffee stirs. It would be bad to poison our family and friends (or customers). LOL
happy baking to all.