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    Unless the wire is Stainless Steel, it should be dipped in some kind of Latex. Otherwise it will rust pretty quickly.

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    The 20-gauge wire (and most of the other small-diameter rolled wires) are stainless steel, so don't worry about rusting. They're typically used for hanging picture frames on home walls, so they're made not to rust.
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    Where can I get corkbark
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    petshops, nurseries, online

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    Galvanized steel doesn't rust either. You can get galvanized wire dirt cheap at Home Depot/Lowes/whatever.

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    I have not used Galvanized for this and don't know for sure but I used to dip metal for awhile and know that galvanizing is bad stuff. It may not come off or affect the plant but i would not trust it. The last thing you would want is to infect your plant with something after finally establishing it.
    As for the wire you would commonly find, be carefull, alot of it does rust even when it has a coating. I have rusty wires holding up a window box; the wire was supposed to be for outdoor use.
    I personally have found the twist-ties you get with bread and so on to be the perfect solution for Tillandsia's and other smaller mountings. The coating on it doesn't rust and it helps keep the wire from cutting into the plant.

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    Some of my Tillandsias and a couple Neoregelias aren't mounted on anything. The lighter ones sit on or between other plants and the heavier ones sit on the trays among plant pots.
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