Thursday, February 28, 2013

Balloon rainbow hat

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Materials: balloon twister (artist), 
balloons, an air pump, permanent marker. 
We are going to make a couple of hats using basically the same technique as described in previously published instructions "Cake", " Fabric 8..." and "Umbrella...". In this example I am going to use six rainbow colors balloons. Inflate all balloons leaving about one-inch flat tail (Pic 1).

We twist all bubbles in one row of the same size. We twist smaller size bubbles to make smaller size hats and we twist larger size bubbles to make larger size hats. For this example, I am going to twist all first bubbles of about five-inch size.;Twist the first purple about five-inch bubble. Lock the free end of the first purple bubble with the nozzle of the blue balloon (Pic 2).

Twist the first blue about five-inch bubble. Lock the free end of the first blue bubble with the nozzle of the green balloon (Pic 3).

Work the rest of the row in the same fashion (Pic 4).

Lock the free end of the first yellow bubble with the nozzle of the purple balloon (Pic 5). We have made the first row. We already can use it as a simple hat.

Now we are going to make the second row of the hat. We can work the rows in different direction to make different color patterns. In this example, I am going to work the second row in the same direction as we did the first row. Twist the second purple about one-inch bubble. Twist the third purple about five-inch bubble. Twist the second blue about one-inch bubble (Pic 6).

Lock the free end of the second blue bubble with the free end of the third purple bubble (Pic 7).

Twist the third blue about five-inch bubble. Twist the second green about one-inch bubble (Pic 8).

Lock the free end of the second green bubble with the free end of the third blue bubble (Pic 9).

Work the rest of the second row in this fashion (Pic 10 and 11).


Lock the free end of the third yellow bubble between the second and the third purple bubbles (Pic 12 and 13). We have made the second row.


Also, we can use the sculpture as a variation of a hat (Pic 14).

We can use the rest of the balloons to make as many rows as we want to make different sculptures. For purpose of this instruction we are going to use the rest of the balloons (the fourth bubbles) to make the petals. In this example we are going to connect the ends of each balloon in one lock twist. And again, we can fix the fourth bubbles in different positions to make different hats. Let's work the petal bubbles in opposite direction. Lock both ends of the purple balloon in one lock twist (Pic 15).

Pull the yellow balloon through the loop of the fourth purple bubble. Lock both ends of the yellow balloon in one lock twist (Pic 16).

Pull the orange balloon through the loop of the fourth yellow bubble. Lock both ends of the orange balloon in one lock twist (Pic 17). Make sure all fourth bubbles interlace in the same directions.

Work the rest of the sculpture in the same fashion (Pic 18). Pull the blue balloon through the loop
 of the fourth green bubble. Bring the blue balloon on top of the purple balloon. And pull the blue balloon through the loop of the fourth purple bubble (Pic 18).

Lock both ends of the blue balloon in one lock twist (Pic 19 through 22). Congratulations, we have made the rainbow hat. The hat looks like a large flower. The hat looks about the same from the top and from the bottom.




We can use sets of different color balloons to make many variations of the hat. Or just use one color balloons to make it. In the following example I use six balloons of three colors: red, blue and white to represent national colors of flag (Pic 23 through 26). Can you name the nation? Yeah, there are different answers.




As I have mentioned previously, we can fix the fourth bubbles in different positions. In the following example, I am going to work the fourth bubbles in the same direction as we did the first and the second row. Loop the fourth blue bubble of the first blue balloon around the hat. Lock both ends of the first blue balloon in one lock twist (Pic 27). Also, I found it easier to work this particular hat by keeping all not connected yet balloons on the top of the hat.

Loop the fourth red bubble of the first red balloon around the hat. Lock both ends of the first red balloon in one lock twist. Work the rest of the hat in the same fashion (Pic 28 and 29).


You can twist one-inch bubbles at the end of each balloon to make it easier to lock ends of each balloon in one lock twist (Pic 30).

Congratulations, we have made the hat (Pic 31 and 32).


As you can see, the shape and the size of the sculpture affected a lot by the way we fix the fourth bubbles (Pic 33). Have fun and happy twisting :)
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