I first purchased a set of these icicles when they were offered two years ago. When I received them, I immediately went back to overstock and ordered an additional set for myself and two sets for my sister. They are unbelieveably realistic and a stunning focal point on our completed Christmas tree. I use the smallest ones on the upper branches and graduate the size as we go down, then use smaller ones in the "empty" spots.. The only icicles that were broken we broken by ME and just on the ends, so you can still hang them.. I will say I replaced the copper wire hanger by using clear fishing line. They disappear when placed on the branches and make for a more realistic look.