You will need:
For the base – 12 thick bars 190 mm long;
45 racks 450 mm long;
thin rods for weaving the base and walls.
For the lid – 12 rods with a length of 650 mm;
24 additional racks 375 mm long;
thin rods for weaving.
For additional parts – 600 mm planed tape for fixing the cover;
a small amount of medium thickness material for lock loops:
bar length 500 mm for the ring;
a bar 400 mm long with a diameter of 8 mm for a pole;
a bar 75 mm long with a diameter of 8 mm for a pin.
Make a cross of twelve bars and braid it with a thin bar in the “twist” way. After making three rows, divide the bars in pairs. On the ninth row, disconnect all the bars. The diameter of the base should be equal to 170 mm and slightly concave in shape. Point the racks at one end and insert them one on two sides of each bar of the base frame. Using round-nose pliers, bend the uprights and tie their ends so that the convex side of the base is inside the cage.
Braid the racks, making seven rows in the "rope" way. Make sure that the distance between the racks is the same around the entire circumference of the basket. Remember to put a load inside the cage.
Take a thin bar, the length of which is sufficient to make four rows of weaving. The bar should be soft and very flexible. Fold the bar in the middle and round it with any rack so that both ends of it come out. Position the bar 75 mm above the edge of the woven edge. Now the distance between the uprights should be slightly larger so that the cell turns out to expand upward (Figure 1). Make one row in the “rope” way in openwork weaving, then make one row in the “twisting” way. The weave will look like a beautiful chain (Figure 2). Carefully thread the ends of the rods into the cage.
Having retreated 75 mm higher, make another row using the “rope” method in openwork weaving. The diameter of the cell at this location should be approximately 260 mm. Add one more bar and make three rows in the “rope” way. Weave end with the edge of the “rod” of three or four bars, beyond which follow the edge of the “track”. Tuck the ends of the racks inward, as when weaving trays and baskets. But before you start weaving the edges, make sure that the edge of the cage is completely flat, otherwise the lid will not close tightly.
Make a crosspiece of twenty bars. Braid it in a twisting manner (two rows). Divide the bars of the cross in pairs and continue weaving in the “twisting” way, giving the product a domed shape (as is done when weaving the rattle). After making six to seven rows, disconnect the rods so that the distance between them is the same, and continue weaving. The depth of the "dome" should be no more than 40 mm, and the diameter – about 75 mm.
Sharpen the ends of the additional posts and insert them one on the right side of each “dome” bar. Fasten the additional posts by making two more rows in a “twist” fashion. Step back by 60 mm and weave one row in the “rope” way in openwork weaving, while disconnecting all the posts (Figure 3). Then immediately make one row in the way of “twisting” to get a “chain”, as on the walls of the cell. The diameter of the "dome" in this place should be approximately 150 mm. Having retreated another 60–70 mm, make one row using the “rope” method in openwork weaving. At this point, the "dome" should have a diameter of 225-250 mm. Further weaving is more difficult. You may need to start all over again several times until you have the correct shape for the cover. Add the third bar and make four rows in the “rope” way. The racks should diverge at the same angle. Perform the edges of the lid in the same way as the edges of the cage itself – a “rod” of three or four rods and a “track”. At the base, the lid should have a diameter of 225 mm, i.e., slightly larger than the diameter of the upper edge of the cage.
Take a bar of medium thickness 500 mm long and tie it into a simple knot (Figure 4). Tighten the assembly until a 40 mm diameter ring is formed. Braid the ring first with one, and then in the other direction with the other end of the bar. When the ring dries, cut the ends.
Attach the ring to the cover with a thin rod 300 mm long. To do this, skip the bar around one or two bars forming a cross. Twist the resulting two rods together, put on a ring on them, and weave the ends of the loop into the lid on the back side (Figure 5).
Before attaching the cap, try it on the cage, determine where it fits best. Here is the front side of the cage. Attach the lid on the opposite side of the cage. Take a piece of planed tape about 600 mm long and pass one end of it into the cage under the edge. Inside the cage, leave an end length of 150-200 mm. Bend the other end (outside) upwards and thread into the cover above its edge. Sew the cage and lid over the edge, make four to five stitches. Tighten or loosen the resulting loop (Figure 6) as necessary so that the lid can be folded back easily, but not loose.
Make the clasp of two loops. Take a bar 300 mm long and round it with a rack on the front side of the cage. Twist the two formed ends of the bar so that a loop appears that protrudes 18 mm above the side of the cage. Weave the ends of the bar under the edge of the cage (Figure 8). From the same material, make a loop on the cover. (This loop will be worn on the loop on the cage.) First, fasten the bar so that its two ends exit through the edge. Twist these ends, trying them on a loop on the cage. Insert the ends into the hem and weave them (Figure 9).
From a thick material (diameter 8 mm), make a pin 75 mm long (Figure 7). Point it at one end. Attach the pin to the cage using a thin twisted rod. To do this, first fasten the bar to the pin with a simple knot (for greater strength on the pin, make a groove for the bar).
The perch inside the cage can be made of a thick bar 450 mm long. Using round-nose pliers, bend the ends of the bar so that the length of the middle part is equal to the diameter of the cage at the level of the "chain". Point the ends of the perch and insert it through the “chain” into the lower side of the cage. To prevent the material from cracking, moisten it in the places where the ends of the perch are inserted.