Birdcage exploding box


I completed the teaser from yesterday’s WOYWW and am quite happy with it.  A while back I made a stray comment on Voodoo Vixen’s blog about turning the TH birdcage into a 3D one, I think it was around a jar she was using for something else.  And it’s been on my mind ever since.  I’m a great one for tossing out random ideas and then letting someone else run with them, sometimes because I don’t have the time to give it a go, sometimes because I think, in theory, it should work, but am not sure of the actual specifics.  It seems a bit mean to plant the seed then ignore it, and worse, possibly make someone else obsess over it!

So I got the Marianne Creatable birdcage die (not the one with the door that opens – that one might actually have been better, given what I did) and thought about how to make it dimensional.  I had a bit of acetate on my desk, from the SDC card last week, and that gave me my solution.  I used thin strips of acetate along the top, middle, and bottom of a trio of dies.  I left a little bit hanging off one side, which I them joined up to the other side.  Rolling the strip of cages around a bottle of glue to curve it, it became this:

I had to snip off some tiny bits at the bottom so the cages joined more completely, and in the end I snipped off the feet.  I put a circle of foamcore at the bottom of the cage to give it more stability, and as a platform to build the little floral display, then added a few butterflies.  When completed, it looked  like this:

And open:

and a close up:

I quite like it – but then I would! It still needs the sentiment, but I didn’t want to share that as it’s destined for someone who might see this. You can’t see it in the photo but the butterfly on the outside of the cage is on another strip of acetate so it pops free when the box falls open.

I see no reason why other birdcage dies couldn’t be made to work (see? that’s another one of those “I’ll put it our there and let someone else run with it” comments, isn’t it? But I only have this one die so I can’t test it out myself!)

On a side note, I am still a bit stunned by the reaction to the faux baker’s twine post.  It was one of those things where I had the idea and from the idea to the post was literally 10 minutes.  I thought it was a sort of throw-away post, something that I thought was interesting but not earthshaking.  I’ve had more blog visits from links on a ton of other places than just about anything I’ve done, and it astonishes me.  So if that is what brought you here, thanks for your visit.

10 thoughts on “Birdcage exploding box

  1. Not only is is beautiful but so innovative as well.
    You really are the master of thinking outside the box (or in this case inside!)

  2. I love the idea of putting it inside the exploding box and now I will have to get my bird cage die out and have another play with it…

  3. Oh Wow MaryAnne!! That is stunning!!

  4. This is just beautiful! I need a new die now, too!!

  5. WOW! That is really cool! You did a great job, as usual!

  6. Absolutely fantastic & beautiful! 🙂

  7. This is gorgeous! I might ‘have’ to buy this die now 🙂

  8. BEAUtiful creation of yours Mary Anne. I LOVE the colour combo. *Ü* TFS. ~Glen~

  9. wow that is stunning really gorgeous xxx

  10. This is really cool. Now I wish I had a birdcage die! Maybe I’ll need to look into that…

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