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Old 08-27-2015, 11:54 PM
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this here is my first attempt at a budgie toy! I hope they will play with it! cant wait to make more!


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that is cracking! please update on if they play with it x
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Old 08-29-2015, 07:39 PM
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Default DIY Climbing Net

Now I am making a climbing net, unsure if it will be incorporated to the Budgie Ninja Warrior course or where it will go! I have been seeing everyone's creative nets so I thought I would give this a try! In high school we used to braid hemp necklaces so I am using the twist braid pattern for this net. Not done yet.. but getting there! This is taking me a very long time!







For those of you who see this and have a net, do your Budgies use them? I keep working on all of these projects in hopes they will love them! They have only been out of the cage one time so far yesterday and they definitely need more areas to land so I'm hoping this will help them!
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Wow, those look great! The braiding is very impressive and I'm sure they will love it
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how do you braid like that? my room is a free-flight room with branches and stuff sticking out of the walls so putting a climbing net between them or hanging from them would be great for the birds that sometimes fall since their flight muscles aren't developed yet. then they could get back up! or land quickly
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Post How to make the twist braided rope

1. Start off my measuring how long you want the rope to be. Then fold it over and double the length (add a little extra for the starting loop or hanging).



2. Unfold the first string and measure a second string that is 4x that length.
(this uses a LOT more hemp than you would think!)

find the very center of each rope so the ends are even and tie a loop or make a slip knot around a dowel as u can see in one of my rope net pics.





3. The two shorter strings which should be the length you want the end product to be will ALWAYS be the two center strings.



4. fold the left string over the center two



5. pull the right string over top the left one that you crossed over the center two



6. continue to pull the right string under the two center strings and up through the loop you created.





7. then pull tight. it helps to have the loop anchored to something and I usually will hold the middle short ones with my teeth.. its the easiest way I have found.

continue these steps over and over and the rope will get longer and twist on its own!



if you want it straight and not twisted you alternate the side you start with and do the opposite. you can add beads on the center two and they will be in the center of the braid. for my climbing net where they ropes intersect I would just put the two left two strings (one short one long) behind the finished rope its intersecting with and the right two strings over and keep braiding.

Hope this helped!!! let me know if you need any clarification. once you get the hang of it its really fast. the way its tied is literally the same way you start tying your shoes but with two strings going though the pretzel shaped tie!!
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Default DIY Climbing Net Complete!

Now I'm not sure where this is going to go just yet, but I have finally completed it! My fingers are sore!!! any tips on placement or how to improve let me know!



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It looks great, Lacey!

It would be nice if you could hang it from hooks in the ceiling or the inner portion of the top of a window frame.

In that manner it could hang free and your budgies could climb around on it.

My birds love bells so I'd buy some stainless steel bells and add those if I were to make one.

What are the measurements of the one you made?
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It looks great, Lacey!

It would be nice if you could hang it from hooks in the ceiling or the inner portion of the top of a window frame.

In that manner it could hang free and your budgies could climb around on it.

My birds love bells so I'd buy some stainless steel bells and add those if I were to make one.

What are the measurements of the one you made?

I ended up hanging it from the ceiling and attaching the bottom to the cage. Now to find some stainless steel bells! I have been watching them closely to see what they play with.. they seem to really like the colorful shred toy.. but they just preen it so far.. they are being very kind as to avoid actually shredding it haha.

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i am loving that climbing net! keep up the good work
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