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« on: March 05, 2011 04:57:17 AM »

I have seen these about and fancied having a go at making one, just made one this morning and they are very simple! So here is the finished item, as modelled by currently unnamed rat who has joined my coven today.




Start with the frame, I used 2mm galvanised wire, galvanised means it wont go rusty when your rats marinade their hammock..  Lips sealed Use wire cutters to cut and pliers to shape. I couldnt find the wire cutters so used old dog clippers in my usual bodge it style!




Measure your frame and make your pattern for the material. I used one piece of cotton and one piece of fleece, dont forget to leave your prefered seam allowance. Fold over and sew one of the long sides of each rectangle of fabric.



Now put right sides together and sew round the other three sides, leaving your desired seam allowance. Turn back the right way and check it fits the frame!



Now sew the inside U shape, remember the wire has to go on the inside so leave about a cm maybe more to get the wire in, the material needs to be removable for washing. Then sew accross the top of the U.

My boys are chewers so i have to kind of 'quilt' ever hammock i mkae as it slows down the destruction slightly, if yours are magic rats that dont chew then you dont need to do that bit!



slide onto the wire and you are done!





Modifications you can make....

*a wider hammock would need an eyelet adding so you can cable tie the fabric to the cage bars to keep it sturdy
* add a pouch
* add a second layer so its like a double decker framed hammock!

More photos to follow!
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011 07:55:54 AM »

Ratty hammies! I love it. I miss having my ratties  Cry They're such loving little souls. This one here looks like my girl Akasha. I hope she/he loves the new hammy and has a smooth transition into your mischief!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2011 08:43:19 AM »

great idea!! I love that! Ive never thought about making one like that before Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2011 11:01:44 AM »

Great idea with the wire frame! What a good rattie momma. =)
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2011 11:29:52 AM »

Ohhh what a good idea!!! I love it  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2011 12:35:03 PM »

AAAAAAHHHH! Siamese adorableness!!!!

/dies of cuteness

I love the idea of a wire-framed hammock! Let us know how it holds up to regular use Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2011 09:10:49 AM »

that's really cool, I would never have thought of making one like that Smiley Looks like your little guy (girl?) is enjoying it already!
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2011 06:24:47 PM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2012 08:57:28 AM »

anyone knows if this can be sturdy enough for a ferret? My baby is a little over 1 pound.
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