This is my first cake topper also so figuring it all out is a work in progress. The brass wires are embedded in the glass. I used the wires to form the frame and to my surprise the six wires were enough to hold up the 6 leaves. I then covered the wires with linen cord. I need to continue covering with layers of the cord. I will coat the linen cord with polyurethane so it can be washed afterward.
The largest leaf is 3", so it stands about 6" high.
Thanks to Debby for posting the photos, carolyn