Saturday, February 23, 2013

Balloon Lily of the Valley


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Materials: balloons, an air pump and scissors.
First of all let's take a look on the real lily of the valley. It has number of flowers attached to one stem. Each flower shaped as a bell. The lily of the valley is much smaller flower than the size of 260's balloons. I will try to make enlarged sculpture of the flower. And I will omit small details of the flower. Let's start with a green balloon for the stem. Inflate the green balloon leaving about six-inch flat tail (Pic 1).

I am going to attach five flowers to the stem in this example. Twist the first soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the second soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 2).

Lock all ends of the first two (the first and the second) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 3 and 4). Later I am going to attach a flower between the first and the second bubbles.



Twist the third about two-inch bubble. Twist the fourth soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the fifth soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 5).

Lock all ends of the last two (the fourth and the fifth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 6 and 7). Later, I am going to attach the second flower at this point between the fourth and the fifth bubbles.


Work the rest of the stem in the same fashion to make total of five spots to attach the flowers. The rest of the balloon is the fifteenth bubble (Pic 8 and 9). We have made the stem.


Now I am going to make five flowers. It could take a couple of balloons. Inflate a white balloon leaving about seven-inch flat tail (Pic 10).

Twist the first about two-inch bubble. The next three bubbles I twist to make the petals. Twist the second soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 11).

Lock both ends of the second bubble in one lock twist (Pic 12).

Twist the third soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 13).


Lock both ends of the third bubble in one lock twist (Pic 14).

Twist the fourth soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 15).

Lock both ends of the fourth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 16).

Cut off nicely the rest of the balloon and tie off the end. Keep the rest of the balloon inflated. Fix all bubbles in proper positions. I have made one flower. It has three petals. The real lily of the valley flower has five petals. However, for this sculpture I think it is better to make the flower with just three petals  (Pic 17 and 18).



Use the rest of the balloon to make more flowers. We can work the flower in slightly different order. Twist the first about two-inch bubble. Twist a chain of the next three (the second through the fourth) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 19).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last three (the second through the fourth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 20). 

Lock both ends of the second bubble in one lock twist (Pic 21).


. Lock both ends of the third and both ends of the fourth bubble in one lock twist. We have made the second flower (Pic 22).

We can fix the petals in different positions (Pic 23 through 25).



Use additional balloons to make as many flowers as you need for the sculpture. In this example I am going to use five flowers. Attach each flower between two small green bubbles of the stem. Simply lock the free end of the first white bubble between two small green bubbles of the stem (Pic 26 through 30). We have made the lily of the valley. And it looks like a tooth brush too. Instead of flowers we can use just about two-inch bubbles to make the brush.








The flower looks better with leaves. Fully inflate another green balloon. Bent the 2nd green balloon and put it next to the flower (Pic 31). That is the simplest leaf.


Let's make it a bit different. Fold the second green balloon in half (Pic 32).

Let's fix the leaf in this shape. Fold the balloon in half. Hold the ends of the balloon in one hand (Pic 33). 

Use your other hand to twist both ends of the balloon at the same time to make and lock small about one-inch bubbles at each end of the balloon (Pic 34). You can twist each bubble separately, though it takes more time :)

Bend the balloon to shape the leaf (Pic 35 and 36).



We have made the leaf (Pic 37).

Twist about one-inch bubble at the end of the stem. Lock the free end of the last stem bubble between the small bubbles of the leaf. Use the third flat green balloon to tie together the middle part of the the stem and the leaf. Loop the flat balloon around the leaf and the stem. Tie both ends of the flat balloon on the back side of the sculpture (Pic 38). Congratulations again, we have made the flower with a leaf.


We can put it in a vase. I am going to use it without vase. Just put it on a table. Prop the flower with some kitchen items, like napkins holder (Pic 39 and 40).


Pay attention to the color of background. The background makes big difference on how people perceive the sculpture (Pic 41).

While I was finishing this sculpture my son made the point that mom likes different color flowers (Pic 42).

I agree with him. So, we solved this little problem by making another flower using different colors balloons. I attached four flowers to the second stem. And also, I started the 2nd stem twisting the first about two-inch bubble instead of the two small bubbles as in the 1st example. I wish you all nice Valentines day! Have fun and happy twisting :) (Pic 43).
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