While riding in the car one day, I had the sudden urge to acquire a birdcage and turn it into a lamp.
So I did. I used an old wooden birdcage that was passed down to me, but it was filthy, covered in dust, slightly sticky, and full of old fake vines. So I scrubbed it with dawn and a toothbrush, gave it a good coat of spray paint, and rigged it up to be a lamp^_^. Then I got a big red peacock, a glass dragon, some false flowers, random stuff from around the house, made a kanzashi, and decorated it.
And this is the finished product. (I'm thinking of removing the black fringe.) I have more pics and a tutorial if anyone wants one, so just ask if you do^_^
EDIT: The black fringe has since been removed, and since someone asked for it, here's the tutorial!!
1.First I took the old wooden birdcage, scrubbed it with dawn and a tooth brush, dried it, and spray-painted it super-shiny metallic silver.
2. Then I went and bought a lamp-kit from the Home Depot, it's a lightbulb socket on a cord with an on-off wheel switch.
3. So to suspend the lightbulb in the castle-turret, I got a chain, a couple quarters, some hot glue, and a little bit of wire.
I hot-glued the chain ends in between 2 quarters, to make a suspendable disk, then glued the quarter to the top of the cage
Then I crimped a bit of wire around the chain to hold the bulb in place. (while spray-painting it, One of the shingle sets on teh roof popped out, making it a lot easier yo access this section of the cage. It pops right back in)
Then I glued mirrors to each of the 6 shingled sides, on the inside, to amplify the light.
Then you simply run the cord down one of the wooden pieces that hold the cage up, bend the wires to allow the cord out, and bend them back. The switch is attatched to one of the posts, right under the roof where you can't see it.
I ordered a 16-inch red peacock from a feather supplier, along with 12 red peacock feather to supplement the tail, and put the to together. Then I dressed her up with a lace and ribbon tail accent. I made a kanzashi out of white fabric and fake pearls, and glued red duck feather in a fan around it, and attached it to the cage Then I made a cascade of roses coming down, and abed of roses and chrysanthemums in the bottom of the cage. There's a crystal-glass dragon with a bowtie, tophat and cuffs on the inside. Just yesterday I got a very pretty red-and-black-dress-necklace-holder, so I put that in there and it's the perfect final touch.
The hot glue gets a little sticky with the lightbulb the first time you light it, but with subsequent lightings, it strengthens and doesn't melt.