Thursday, February 28, 2013

Balloon rose

Materials: 3 balloons, scissors and an air pump.
The nature creates endless number of different flowers. People always adore their beauty. Balloon twisters do the best to keep up with the nature in making flowers—marvels of art. There are many instructions about flowers published already. And not surprisingly, there are needs to make more and more instructions dedicated just to flowers. Recently, one of my online friends pointed to a picture of rose asking me if I know how it is done. Below you will find my answer, how this particular sculpture could be done with 260’s balloons. I could give better answer if I have chance to see the sculpture from different sides of course. Or even better, ask the original author of the sculpture. Unfortunately, I don’t know the author. I can only give you the link to the picture. So if you happen to know the author, or you are the author, don’t be shy, say it, or comment anonymously. I think the original sculpture was done in a different way than I show in my instruction. Here, I’m just trying to make a rose that looks less or more the same. In future I will come back to this flower to show different ways of making it. But first, I really want to find the original artist/author to give him/her proper attributions. In this instruction I use one color balloons to make the flower. You can use two or more colors to make one flower. I believe the artist used 160’s balloons to make it. I use only 260s’ balloons to make all instructions. So, 260's we are going to work with. Please note: we have to make all bubbles soft for this sculpture. There are three (or more) rows of petals. We increase size of petals in each following row. Inflate a first balloon leaving about four—inch flat tail (Pic 1).

Twist a chain of two soft one—inch bubbles (Pic 2).

Lock all ends of the first two bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 3 and 4).

Fix the first two bubbles in crisscross position to each other (Pic 5 and 6). We have made two petals of the first row.

Twist the third very soft about quarter of inch bubble (Pic 7).

Squeeze the rest of the balloon to make it soft. Leave about one—inch flat tail (Pic 8). The next three soft bubbles we twist of the same size, about ten—inch each.

Twist the chain of two (the fourth and the fifth) bubbles (Pic 9).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 10).

Twist the sixth bubble (Pic 11).

Lock the free end of the sixth bubble between the fourth and the fifth bubbles (Pic 12).

Lock all ends of the last three bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 13 through 15). We have made three petals of the second row.

The next step is to wave the last three bubbles. There is detailed description of this weaving technique in the instruction “Flower 6 six petals". You welcome to look up there or just follow the pictures below (Pic 16 through 20). To weave we have to overlap the ends of the nearest two bubbles over each other. It is easier to weave larger size bubbles. Also, it is easier to work with soft bubbles.. 

Our next step is to make petals of the third row. We can actually use the “Flower 6 six petals” to make the third row. It would take two balloons to make it. Or we can use just one balloon to make three petals. It looks the same as the second row, except we use larger size bubbles this time. Inflate the second balloon leaving about three—inch flat tail (Pic 21).

Squeeze the balloon to make it soft. Leave about one—inch flat tail (Pic 22). We are going to use entire balloon to make three bubbles of the same size.

Fold the balloon three times to find the size of the bubbles (Pic 23).

Twist three bubbles and lock all ends in one lock twist (Pic 24).

Twist the seventh soft a quarter of inch bubble of the first balloon (Pic 25).

Lock the free end of the seventh bubble between bubbles of the second balloon (Pic 26). The rest of the first balloon is the eighth bubble. We can use the eighth bubble as a stem or a handle to hold the flower. We can use it to attach the fourth row, or even more rows to the flower.

I am going to cut off the eighth bubble and tie off the end (Pic 27 and 28).

Inflate the green balloon leaving about three—inch flat tail to make the stem. Lock the nozzle of the green balloon between bubbles of the last (the third) row of petals (Pic 29).

Wave bubbles of the third row (Pic 30 through 34).

We have made the blossom. Now we use the green balloon to make the stem. Twist the first green about three—inch bubble (Pic 35).

The next three bubbles we twist to make the leaves. Twist a chain of two green soft eleven—inch bubbles. Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the second and the third) green bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 36).

Twist the fourth green soft eleven—inch bubble. Lock the free end of the fourth green bubble between the second and the third green bubbles (Pic 37).

Lock all ends of the last three (the second through the fourth) green bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 38). We have made the leaves. 

Bend the leaves to make more attractive shapes. Congratulations, we have made the flower (Pic 39). Have fun and happy twisting :)
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