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Base of a mini wire bird cage
The base of a miniature wire bird cage. to be continued.

*depending on the size of your bird cage, you will want to use a different gauge of wire; for a larger bird cage, use 12-gauge wire, for a smaller one 16-gauge*

*you will also need some sort of cylindrical object to bend the wire around, as a guide for the base*

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Posted by Sarah T. from Hagerstown, Maryland, United States • Published See Sarah T.'s 12 projects »
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  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 1
    Step 1

    Measure out (but do not cut) a length of 12-16 gauge wire.

    *if you're planning to make a larger bird cage, go for the 12-gauge wire. for a smaller one, use 16 gauge.*

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 2
    Step 2

    bend the end of the wire at 90 degrees, so you have an L shape with about a quarter of an inch bent.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 3
    Step 3

    wrap the wire once around a cylindrical object of your choosing (this object will determine the circumference of the bird cage).

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 4
    Step 4

    bend the wire at 90 degrees again, in the same direction as the first bend.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 5
    Step 5

    decide how tall you want your base to be.once you know:

    bend the wire at a 90 degree angle again, this time so the bent wire is parallel to the first circle you made around your cylinder.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 6
    Step 6

    wrap the wire once around your cylinder.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 7
    Step 7

    bend the wire at 90 degrees again, so it is parallel to your first two bends.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 8
    Step 8

    cut the wire about half way down the height of the base.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 9
    Step 9

    the wires of the base should be completely parallel to each other, the whole way around.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 10
    Step 10

    what it should look like so far.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 11
    Step 11

    cut a length of the 28-gauge wire, about a foot long.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 12
    Step 12

    curve the wire around the part of the base where the ends meet, at the bottom, so you have between 2-3 inches on one end.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 13
    Step 13

    twist.

    *you might want to use pliers for this, to make it tight*

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 14
    Step 14

    wrap the shorter end of the wire around the end of the other wire, beneath the twist, making sure it's tight.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 15
    Step 15

    wrap the remaining wire up the ends of the other wire to bind the connection.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 16
    Step 16

    cut another length of 28 gauge wire, a little longer than the last length.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 17
    Step 17

    connect this wire to one of the coils on the connection.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 18
    Step 18

    wrap the new wire around the connection a couple of times, until it reaches the top of the base.

    twist the wire twice around the upper ring of the base.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 19
    Step 19

    bring the wire down at a slant, and wrap it twice around the lower ring.

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 20
    Step 20

    continue doing this around the entire base until you come back to the original connection.

    *keep the thin wire tight, but make sure the rings stay parallel*

  • How to make a wire model. Wire Bird Cage  Base - Step 21
    Step 21

    voila. the base is finished.

    *if you have extra wire left over do NOT cut it off*

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Michaela K.
Michaela K. · San Luis Obispo, California, US · 1 project
Thank you! Happy
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