Saturday, February 23, 2013

Balloon ladybug


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Materials: a balloon; an air pump and a permanent marker.


Inflate a balloon leaving a six—inch flat tail (Pic 1).

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

Lock both ends of the first bubble in one lock twist (Pic 3). This step is marked with arrows between points A and B on the scheme. It’s the head.

The next three bubbles you twist in the bird body fold twist to make the body. Twist the second three—inch bubble (Pic 4).

Twist the third three—inch bubble (Pic 5).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the second and the third) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 6). This step is marked with arrows between points B and D on the scheme.

Twist the fourth three—inch bubble (Pic 7).

Lock the free end of the fourth bubble between the third and second bubbles. Roll the second and third bubbles around the fourth bubble (Pic 8). This step is marked with the arrows between points C and E on the scheme.

The next four bubbles you twist to make the legs. Twist the fifth two—inch bubble (Pic 9).

Twist the sixth two—inch bubble (Pic 10).

Twist the seventh two—inch bubble (Pic 11).

Twist the eighth two—inch bubble (Pic 12).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the fifth through the eighth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 13). This step is marked with arrows between points E and G on the scheme.

Force the body bubbles through the loop of the last four bubbles and lock the first bubble (the head) between the sixth and seventh bubbles (Pic 14 and 15). This step is marked with the arrows between points F and B on the scheme. The rest of the balloon is the ninth bubble. It’s a tail.


Make the funny tail. Make the tenth bubble by splitting the ninth bubble on two bubbles. Pump the tenth bubble to the end of the tail. You’ve made the funny tail (Pic 16 and 17).


Use the permanent marker to draw the face and body (Pic 18). Congratulations, you have made the ladybug.

You may put the ladybug on a hand as a bracelet by wrapping the tail of the ladybug around the hand (Pic 19 and 20). Lock the tail around the head. This step is marked with the red arrows between point H and B on the scheme. Then stretch the flat part of the tail between the legs of the ladybug and lock the tenth bubble between the base of the tail and the body. This step is marked with the red arrows between points E and I on the scheme. Have fun and happy twisting :)

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