Sunday, February 24, 2013

How to make balloon lollipop

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Materials: balloons, scissors, rubber cement (glue) or clear sticky tape or/and clear plastic wrap.
This instruction is prompted by question/s with regards to previously published instruction "Lollipop, Hand Fan". Today we are going to make larger size lollipops. And we will use lollipops to make different sculptures. Take a look on previously published instruction "Snail". The shell of the snail has the same round shape as lollipop. In the "Snail" example we use bubble around the shell to keep it in the spiral/round shape. In the "Lollipop, Hand Fan" example we use small bubbles to fix long bubbles in the round shape. In both examples we make small size sculptures. To make large size lollipop we have to connect number of balloons to make one long tube. Then we wrap the tube in spiral/round shape as we did the "Snail". We fix/ secure balloons in the round shape using rubber cement (glue). I don't have rubber cement. So, I am going to use clear sticky tape, and clear food wrap to secure balloons in the round shape. It's very hard to hold even small size spiral in hand. You may need spare pair of hands to help you with it. Also, you can put the sculpture on flat surface of big table or floor and hold it with books. Make sure to prepare all supplies and tools before you start making the sculpture. Let's start with one balloon size sculpture. Inflate balloon all the way (Pic 1).

Wrap the balloon in spiral/round shape. We can start from either side of the balloon. In this example I want to make lollipop. I work from the nozzle (Pic 2 and 3).


Hold the sculpture. Take clear sticky tape (Pic 4).

Stick the tape across the sculpture (Pic 5 through 7).



Secure the sculpture with one more piece of tape on the same side of the sculpture as to make letter X. Make sure to tape the end of the balloon, however avoid to bring the tape on the other (front) side of the sculpture. Actually you can put tape on both sides of the sculpture. It's up to you. Please note: the clear tape of different brands have different qualities. Also, the light in the room can make the tape less or more visible. Well, in this example there is not any tape on the front of the sculpture. So, the front of the sculpture should look just great-the same way if you used rubber cement instead of clear tape (Pic 8 and 9). Basically, we have made the lollipop, or wheel, or Frisbee, or umbrella, or shell of snail or plate and etc.


We can secure the sculpture in the round shape using the clear food wrap as well. It holds the sculpture even better than just clear sticky tape. Let's make another lollipop and secure it with sticky tape on the back side of the sculpture (Pic 10).

Measure and cut off piece of food wrap long enough to cover both sides of the sculpture (Pic 11).

Place the piece of wrap on the table or floor. Place the sculpture front side down in the middle of the wrap. Wrap the sculpture overlapping on the back side of the sculpture (Pic 12 and 13). As you can see the process of wrapping the sculpture is the same as wrapping a sandwich. Just try to make it without wrinkles on the front side of the sculpture. 


The front sides of the wrapped sculpture looks almost the same as the front side of the unwrapped sculpture (Pic 14).

The lollipop comes on the stick. We can use any appropriate stick for this purpose. In this example I used clear sticky tape to attached wooden stick on the back side of the sculpture  (Pic 15 and 16).


In the following example I used  clear sticky tape to attached straw on the back side of the wrapped sculpture (Pic 17 and 18).


We can use the lollipop sculpture as a part of larger sculptures. For example we can use it as wheels of large car sculpture. Inflate a balloon leaving about one-inch flat tail. Twist the chain of the first two (the first and the second) soft about one inch bubbles (Pic 19).

Lock all ends of the first and the second bubble in one lock twist (Pic 20). The first two bubbles make it easier to attach the wheel to the car.

Make the lollipop as described above. In this example I used clear sticky tape to secure the sculpture (Pic 21 and 22). 


To make large size lollipops we have to attach number of balloons in one long tube. And there are different ways we can attach balloons in one long tube. The simplest way is to simply tie ends of balloons. In the following example I tie nozzle of one balloon with the flat tail of the other balloon (Pic 23 and 24).


Another way to attach balloons in long tube is to make two soft about one-inch bubbles and lock all ends of the bubbles in one lock twist. We can make both bubbles at the end of one balloon and tie nozzle of the other balloon with the small bubbles. Or we can make one bubble using each balloon and then lock ends of the bubbles in one lock twist. Either way it will look the same (Pic 25 and 26).


In the following example I want to make bigger size lollipops to represent wheels. I am going to use two balloons to make each wheel. Inflate two balloons leaving about one-inch flat tail. Twist two soft about one-inch bubbles. Lock all ends of the two bubbles in one lock twist. Prepare the second balloon in the same way. Lock the flat end of the first balloon with the first two bubbles of the second balloon. Make the lollipop and secure it with clear sticky tape (Pic 27 and 28). We have made one wheel.


Make as many wheels as you need. In this example I am going to use just two wheels. Inflate (brown) balloon leaving about one-inch flat tail to connect the wheels. Lock nozzle of the brown balloon between the two small bubbles at the center of one wheel (Pic 29 and 30).


Lock the flat tail of the same brown balloon between the two small bubbles at the center of the second wheel. In this example I use purple balloons to make the second wheel (Pic 31 and 32).


Congratulations, we have made a pair of wheels.The wheels are attached to each other with a bar (Pic 33).

We can work in the same fashion to make a bar for heavy lifting. Clowns can use this sculpture in routine :) It takes more lollipops/ wheels to make though. In this example I pull the flat tail of the brown balloon through the center of the two balloons (purple) wheel. And then lock the flat tail of the brown balloon with two small bubbles at the center of the one balloon (blue) wheel (Pic 34 and 36).



Work in the same fashion to make the other side of the bar. And remember to pretend that it is very heavy when you lift it up (Pic 37).

Also, we can use tulip twist to connect number of balloons to make long tubes. In some of the previously published instructions we have already discussed how to make the tulip twist. In the following example I use tulip twists to attach three balloons in one tube (Pic 38 through 41). There is only one reason I would not recommend using tulip twist for making large sculptures-balloons pop! Replacing balloon attached on both ends with tulip twist is difficult and time consuming. Consider it.




In the following example we are going to make large size lollipop. Make sure to prepare in advance. Inflate six balloons (in this example I use rainbow colors) leaving about one-inch flat tail. Leave one balloon (yellow in this example) as it is. It is going to be the first balloon. Prepare the other five balloons. Twist the first two soft bubbles. Lock all ends of the first two bubbles in one lock twist. Prepare sticky tape, scissors, two books, clear wrap and surface of big table or floor (Pic 42).

Attach all balloons in one long tube. Lock the flat tail of the first (yellow) balloon between the bubbles of the second (orange) balloon. Lock the end of the second (orange) balloon between the bubbles of the third (red) balloon. Attach all balloons in the same fashion. Once you made the six balloons long tube start making the spiral. We can start from either end of the tube. In this example I started with the yellow balloon (Pic 43).

Place the sculpture on the flat surface and use books to keep balloons in place (Pic 44 and 45). 


Use two or more pieces of clear sticky tape to secure the sculpture (Pic 46 and 47).


Now we can remove the books. In this example I use the tape again only on the back side of the sculpture (Pic 47 through 49). 



Cut off piece of clear plastic food wrap long enough to wrap the sculpture all the way around it. Place the wrap on floor (Pic 50).

In this example I actually need three pieces of wrap. Make sure to overlap each piece of wraps. Put the sculpture front side down in the middle of the wrap (Pic 51).

Wrap the sculpture (Pic 52 and 53).


We can use additional balloon to make a stick. Attach the stick with clear sticky tape on the back side of the sculpture (Pic 54 and 55). Congratulations, we have made large size lollipop.


We can use lollipops to make many more different sculptures. Well, I think that's enough for this instruction (Pic 56). Have fun and happy twisting :)
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