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StarlingWings 07-23-2015 12:01 AM

Swings and Related Inquiries
 
Hello to everyone!

I have a few things to say, and only one thing to ask:
So, I made Mallorn a little swing! I had a lot of random plastic tubes I collected from some old violin cases, and from part of one, I decided to make her a swing. The others I'm making into a very royal playgym (more on that later!). Anyways, I used a razor blade to deeply score the plastic tube, I snapped it along the line with a clean break, I drilled holes in the ends and threaded it through with stainless steel wire and beads. I wrapped the perch part in vet wrap (pink spotted, of course ;)) so she wouldn't slip.
https://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/...psmawuvynh.jpg

It's quite lovely, if I do say so myself!

Well, here's the conundrum: The wire I bought was memory wire, so it was impossible to bend it to the right shape and took the better part of three hours. :o
I want to make a few more swings with leftover wire, but I returned the other wire because it was so hard to use! Instead, I looked for stainless steel wrapping wire, but none of the craft stores in my area carry it. I exchanged it for some aluminum wire, but haven't used it yet.

I have looked it up and that's why I got it, but I wanted to ask you all before proceeding: Is aluminum safe for budgies? Thank you all, as always :rolleyes::D

Here's a bonus picture of the happy little princess:
https://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/...psk0jk95df.jpg

FaeryBee 07-23-2015 12:44 AM

The swing you made for Princess Mallorn is adorable and she looks quite pleased with her beautiful new "throne".

Aluminum wire should be fine as long as it is not anodized aluminum.
The anodizing process involves zinc which is a major cause of heavy metal toxicity.
Anodized aluminum would not be safe for a budgie to lick or chew.

StarlingWings 07-23-2015 01:05 AM

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Originally Posted by FaeryBee (Post 3085194)
The swing you made for Princess Mallorn is adorable and she looks quite pleased with her beautiful new "throne".

Aluminum wire should be fine as long as it is not anodized aluminum.
The anodizing process involves zinc which is a major cause of heavy metal toxicity.
Anodized aluminum would not be safe for a budgie to lick or chew.

Thank you, Deb! :D

How can you tell if it is anodized? Would the manufacturing site tell me?

FaeryBee 07-23-2015 01:07 AM

Yes, you should be able to find out from the manufacturing site. :)

StarlingWings 07-23-2015 01:08 AM

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Originally Posted by FaeryBee (Post 3085282)
Yes, you should be able to find out from the manufacturing site. :)

Don't tell Mallorn--but you're the one true queen! :o Thank you, darling Deb :D

chirper 07-23-2015 03:12 AM

Very Beautiful Swing :)

nuxi 07-23-2015 09:48 AM

The swing looks so cute and "girlie"!:giggle: Well done,Gigi!:)

Budgiekeet 07-23-2015 10:16 AM

I get SS wire at the hardware store. Ace or home depot both carry it.

Great loooking swing :).

StarlingWings 07-24-2015 12:17 AM

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Originally Posted by chirper (Post 3085386)
Very Beautiful Swing :)

Thank you :)
Quote:

Originally Posted by nuxi (Post 3085698)
The swing looks so cute and "girlie"!:giggle: Well done,Gigi!:)

Thanks Gaby, I made sure to buy pink spotted vet wrap for her haha :p
Quote:

Originally Posted by Budgiekeet (Post 3085706)
I get SS wire at the hardware store. Ace or home depot both carry it.

Great loooking swing :).

Thank you Rick, I'll make sure to look there. :)

deriksen 07-24-2015 05:38 AM

What an awsome swing!


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