The more strands the better. Think of it like lanes of traffic. The more lanes the better traffic moves. The multiple thin stands allow more current to move down the path. Thus thicker stands provide more resistance. My first major was electrical engineering, before switching to finance.
By the way, awesome write up! With the step by step pictures, you really can't go wrong!
Last edited by sullyman; 09-13-2013 at 10:25 PM.