Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to make balloon kangaroo

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Materials: balloons; scissors; permanent marker and an air pump.
We are going to use three balloons to make a kangaroo. We use two balloons to make legs. And we use one balloon to make the head with arms. Let's start with legs. Inflate a brown balloon leaving about two-inch flat tail (Pic 1).

Twist the first about six-inch bubble. It is a foot. Twist the second soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 2).

Lock both ends of the second bubble in one lock twist (Pic 3).

Twist the third about two-inch bubble. Twist the fourth soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 4).

Lock both ends of the fourth bubble in one lock twist. Twist the fifth about seven-inch bubble (Pic 5).

Lock both ends of the fifth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 6).

Twist the sixth about eight-inch bubble. Actually, you can measure the size of the sixth bubble by wrapping it around the fifth bubble. The fifth bubble should fit firmly inside of the loop of the sixth bubble (Pic 7).

Lock both ends of the sixth bubble in one lock twist. Force the fifth bubble half way through the loop of the sixth bubble (Pic 8). We have made the leg.

Make the second leg in the same way as described above (Pic 9).

We have to attach legs to each other. Twist the seventh about one-inch bubbles (Pic 10).

Lock free end of both seventh bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 11 and 12).


We are going to use the rest of one balloon to represent the tail. And we are going to use the rest of the other balloon to make the body. Twist the eighth soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 13).

Lock both ends of the eighth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 14 through 16). Fix all bubbles in proper positions.



Inflate the third brown balloon leaving about six-inch flat tail to make the head and the arms (Pic 17).

For purpose of this instruction, we are going to make very simple head. However, we can use similar looking heads of other animals: baby deer, bunny and etc. Twist the first about three-inch bubble. Twist the second and the third about one-inch bubbles (Pic 18).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the second and the third) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 19). We have made head.

Twist the fourth about three-inch bubble. It is the neck. Twist the fifth about three-inch bubble. It is an arm. Twist the sixth very soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the seventh about one-inch bubble. Later, we are going to pop the seventh bubble. Twist the eighth very soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the ninth about three-inch bubble (Pic 20).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last five (the fifth through the ninth bubble) in one lock twist (Pic 21).

Lock both ends of the sixth bubble in one lock twist. Lock both ends of the eighth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 22).

Split the sixth bubble on two bubbles. Split the eighth bubble on two bubbles. We have secured the sixth and the eighth bubbles (Pic 23).

Use scissors to pop the seventh bubble. We have separated the arms (Pic 24).

Twist the tenth soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 25).

Lock both ends of the tenth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 26 through 28). Fix all bubbles in proper positions. We have made the head with arms. The rest of the balloon is the eleventh bubble. We can use it to make the body. Or we can cut it off ant tie off the end.



I want to make simple body in this example. Let's use the rest of the second balloon. Twist the ninth about seven-inch bubble (Pic 29).

Lock the free end of the ninth (body) bubble with tenth bubble (Pic 30)

Cut off the rest of the third balloon. Fix all bubbles in proper positions. Use black permanent marker to draw face (Pic 31 through 38). Congratulations, we have made the kangaroo. We can modify the sculpture in many ways. For example we can make different head, feed and body. Have fun and happy twisting :)







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