How to make a vintage cage out of the wire
For work we need:
A drawing of a cell in two projections and a sketch of a decorative motif
Wire. The main one (I used aluminum, 2.0 mm) and an auxiliary (I have a nichrome 0.9 mm). With a cell height of 19cm, it took 10m of aluminum wire.
Draw a cell in two projections. Know the length of the circumference of the base
Divide the circumference by 4 and get the length of the motif of the decorative insert. Draw the dimensions of the motif and draw a pattern in it, taking into account the pitch of the spokes and, given that the motif will be repeated, and it is necessary to provide for fixing the motives between each other.
We bend two circles from the main wire – this will be the bottom and top of the decorative insert. Firmly clamp the ends together.
According to the sketch, we bend the elements of the pattern from the wire. When the motif is completely ready, we fasten the elements together with the auxiliary wire.
The motif is bent along the circumference of the base. One of four parts is ready.
We bend the second part and likewise make it arc-shaped. Then I was already uneasy and I wanted to fasten the motif to the circles.
We finish 2 more motives and we are fastened to the bases of a decorative insert.
We bend a small circle to fix the upper part of the spokes of the cage. First, we attach four basic ones.
Similarly, the other knitting needles are attached.
We begin to make the base. On the plywood, we draw a circle whose radius R is equal to the radius of our circles from the wire. On this circle, mark the centers of the holes, dividing it into the required number (I have – 24) equal parts. The radius of the base itself is R + 5 mm. Drill holes for the spokes, we select the drill so that the spoke enters the plywood with effort
The dome of the cage is ready, the wooden base is also ready, it’s time to connect them. We measure the needles with a reserve according to the sketch. We bend the hook and attach it to the bottom of the decorative element, the end of the needle is guided into the hole of the base.
It is more convenient to fix the main knitting needles and then add the following. Having measured the necessary distance to the base, from below, bite off the needle with nippers and bend.
We leave the span in 2 links – the door. The door must be bent. We make a loop for fastening at one end of the workpiece and we bend the workpiece along the circumference.
The workpiece turns into a curl – an element of decor. We make two mirror parts.
We connect the loops together with a knitting needle. The hinges of the door on the right.
Add the missing links in the door and bend the base of the doorway.
To the bottom of the doorway, add two spokes from below, given the size of the door itself. These spokes are also threaded into the wooden base and bend. We fix the door. Everything, the cage is ready!