I bought a cheap but beautiful little birdcage, and thought how easy it would be to turn it into a light. It was a little more complicated than I thought, and I am now probably the worlds foremost expert on wiring plugs, but it is done! After battling to get the hook out of the top part to make a hole to thread the cable through (this took about an hour...) it was pretty straightforward. I added some crystals from an old lamp and some large blue and green beads from old necklaces (and paperclips to attach!) around the light fitting to catch the light, although I am still unsure about these. I've been promised some wire flowers and a clip-on miniature peacock (!) from work when we change the displays, so until then it looks a little plain. But hey, I'm pretty pleased with it!
For some reason the beads aren't showing up as much in the photos, I guess transluscent beads are a little tricky! You get the idea though.
and sans beads: