Thursday, February 28, 2013

Balloon flower bracelet

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Materials: a balloon; an air pump and scissors.


We are going to make a five petals flower. You have to twist a chain of ten soft one—inch bubbles. Attention: all bubbles should be of the same size. A different size bubbles  will be noticeable on this small sculpture. Inflate a balloon leaving an eight—inch flat tail (Pic 1).

Twist the first soft one—inch bubble (Pic 2).

Twist the 2nd soft one—inch bubble (Pic 3).

Twist the third soft one—inch bubble (Pic 4).

Twist the 4th soft one—inch bubble (Pic 5).

Twist the fifth soft one—inch bubble (Pic 6).

Twist the sixth soft one—inch bubble (Pic 7).

Twist the 7th soft one—inch bubble (Pic 8).

Twist the 8th soft one—inch bubble (Pic 9).

Twist the ninth soft one—inch bubble (Pic 10).

Twist the tenth soft one—inch bubble (Pic 11).

Lock both ends of the chain of the first ten (the first through the tenth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 12). This step is marked with arrows  between points A and F on the scheme. The rest of the balloon is the eleventh bubble.

Lock both ends of the chain of the first two (the first and the second) bubbles  in one lock twist (Pic 13). This step is marked with arrows between points A and B on the scheme.

Lock both ends of the chain of the next two (the third and the fourth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 14). This step is marked with arrows between points B and C on the scheme.

Lock both ends of the chain of the next two (the fifth and the sixth) bubbles sin one lock twist (Pic 15). This step is marked with arrows between points C and D on the scheme.

Lock both ends of the chain of the next two (the seventh and the eighth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 16 through 18). This step is marked with arrows between points D and E on the scheme. At the same time you lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the ninth and the tenth) bubbles in one lock twist. This step is marked with arrows between points E and F on the scheme.



Twist the eleventh soft one—inch bubble (Pic 19).

Lock both ends of the eleventh bubble in one lock twist (Pic 20). This step is marked with arrows between points F and G on the scheme. You have made the flower.

The rest of the balloon is the twelfth bubble (Pic 21). You have made a flower with a stem.

You have to deflate the twelfth bubble to make a ring or a bracelet. Cut a little hole at the end of the balloon to deflate the twelfth bubble (Pic 22).

Lock the end of the balloon between bubbles of the flower. Make sure the loop is wide enough to pull your finger (for the ring) or your hand (for the bracelet) through it. Cut off the rest of the flat end (Pic 23 through 27). Congratulations, you have made the flower.





You may use a different color bubble instead of the eleventh bubble to make the flower even prettier (Pic 28). Have fun and happy twisting :)
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