Grades of Wafer Paper Grades (Thickness): How to choose Wafer Paper?
Wafer paper has become an increasingly popular medium used for cake decorating in the recent years. If you are new to wafer paper and wondering what is this medium, you may check out our post here: What is Wafer Paper?
Wafer paper comes in different thickness, and they are meant for different purposes. In this article, I will be covering the 3 main thickness I use and I will be elaborating a little more about the differences and what you can use them for.
The 3 main thickness measures:
- 0.22mm (O Grade)
- 0.27mm (AD Grade)
- 0.65mm (DD Grade)
Let's start with the thickest one of them all (mainly because there are a lot more to talk on and identify between the 0.22mm and the 0.27mm ones)
0.65mm (DD Grade)
This is probably the least commonly used thickness out of all 3, but it doesn't mean you cannot explore them. Since they are so thick, they are mainly used for larger elements that you need them to hold up their structure as they are.
In this cake, I created the monstera leaves using a 0.65mm thick wafer paper.
And the main reason why I went with such a thick one is, if I went with something thinner, it would be too flimsy for it to hold up.
They are also great for creating other pieces like an painted stork, which was then used as a topper on top of the cake:
0.27mm (AD Grade)
Next, the 0.27mm one will be one I highly recommend beginners to start with. Because of how sensitive wafer paper are with water, beginners usually have a harder time gauging how much liquid or how moist they should paint/colour their wafer paper with. (They actually require only a very little amount, which is something beginners usually struggle with.) So having a slightly thicker paper (as compared to the 0.22mm one), allows beginners to slowly gain confidence in working with Wafer Paper.
If you are new to Wafer Paper and want to learn how to work with it, we have a class made specially for beginners on our Online School: https://learn.winifredkristecake.com/courses/introduction-to-wafer-paper
It covers everything from making mistakes to troubleshooting, and you will also learn how to create 5 different foliage to help you master the basics and allowing you to tackle more advanced flowers after that.
Here are some flowers that I have created with the 0.27mm (AD Grade) wafer paper:
0.22mm (O Grade)
Lastly, we are down to the thinnest! This is my favourite to work with for a few reasons. It provides the softest, most pliable wafer paper flowers because of how thin it is. If I were to put a rose made from 0.27mm side by side with one made from 0.22mm, the former will feel a little more stiff when I am trying to squeeze it, whereas the latter will feel a lot more flexible.
I like to use 0.22mm especially for smaller, frilly flowers such as the sweet peas & Japanese Anemone because it gives it an extremely soft, light, ethereal look:
However, if you do not mind how soft it feels (physically), the good news is, both 0.27mm and 0.22mm will allow you to create stunning looking wafer paper flowers. Try them out for yourself and see how you feel!
If you would like to learn more on Wafer Paper and explore the endless possibilities you can do with it, you may also check out our Online School for different course and classes: https://learn.winifredkristecake.com/
You can join me for daily inspiration on sugar flowers and wafer paper flowers here on our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/winifredkristecake/
Hope this has been helpful.
Love & Light,