Monday, February 25, 2013

Balloon menorah


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Materials: balloons, scissors, and an air pump.
Inflate a balloon leaving about four-inch flat tail (Pic 1).

We can work this sculpture twisting bubbles in different order. And we can twist long bubbles of different size. Twist a chain of the first two (the first and the second) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 2).

Lock all ends of the first and the second bubble in one lock twist (Pic 3).

Twist the third about three-inch bubble. Twist a chain of the next two (the fourth and the fifth) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 4).

Lock all ends of the fourth and the fifth bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 5).

Twist the sixth about four-inch bubble. Twist a chain of the next two (the seventh and the eighth) about one inch bubbles (Pic 6).

Lock all ends of the seventh and the eighth bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 7).

Twist the ninth about four-inch bubble. The ninth bubble should be of the same size as the sixth bubble. Twist a chain of the next two (the tenth and the eleventh) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 8).

Lock all ends of the tenth and the eleventh bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 9).

Twist the twelfth about three-inch bubble. It should be of the same size as the third bubble (Pic 10).

Lock both ends of the chain of the first twelve (the first through the twelfth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 11).

Measure the size of the thirteenth bubble. It should be long enough to make right triangle with bubbles 9, 12 and 13 as the sides of the triangle (right angle between the 12 and the 13 bubbles). Twist the thirteenth about two-inch bubble (Pic 12). 

Lock both ends of the chain of the last five (the ninth through the thirteenth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 13).

Inflate the second balloon leavingabout three-inch flat tail (Pic 14).

We can attach the second balloon to either side of the sculpture. Let's tie the nozzle of the second balloon between the fourth and fifth bubbles of the first balloon (Pic 15).

Twist the first about three-inch bubble. Twist a chain of the next two (the second and the third) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 16).

Lock all ends of the second and the third bubble in one lock twist. Measure and twist the fourth about nine-inch bubble. We can bend the balloon and make the fourth bubble longer. Twist a chain of the next two (the fifth and the sixth) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 17).

Lock all ends of the fifth and the sixth bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the fourteenth about three-inch bubble of the first balloon (Pic 18).

Lock the free end of the fourteenth bubble of the first balloon between the fifth and the sixth bubbles of the second balloon (Pic 19).

Twist the seventh bubble of the same size as the fourth bubble. Twist a chain of the next two (the eighth and the ninth) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 20).

Twist the tenth about three-inch bubble (Pic 21).

Lock the free end of the tenth bubble of the second balloon between the tenth and the eleventh bubbles of the first balloon (Pic 22).

Cut off the rest of the second balloon and tie of the end (Pic 23).

Also, we can cut off the rest of the first balloon (Pic 24).

Inflate the third balloon leaving about three-inch flat tail. Tie the nozzle of the third balloon between the eighth and the ninth bubbles of the second balloon. Twist the first about three-inch bubble. Twist a chain of the next two (the second and the third) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 25).

Measure and twist the fourth about thirteen-inch bubble. Twist a chain of the next two (the fifth and the sixth) soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 26).

Lock all ends of the fifth and the sixth bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the seventh about three-inch bubble (Pic 27).

Lock the free end of the seventh bubble between the fifth and the sixth bubbles of the second balloon (Pic 28).

Cut off the rest of the third balloon and tie off the end (Pic 29).

Inflate the fourth balloon leaving about three-inch flat tail. Tie the nozzle of the fourth balloon at the side of the sculpture between the small one-inch bubbles of the second balloon. Twist the first about three-inch bubble. Twist a chain of the next two (the second and the third) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 30). 

Lock all ends of the second and the third bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the fourth bubble of the same size as the fourth bubble of the third balloon (Pic 31).

Lock the free end of the fourth bubble of the fourth balloon between the fifth and the sixth bubbles of the third balloon (Pic 32).

Twist the fifth about three-inch bubble. Twist a chain of the next two (the sixth and the seventh) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 33).

Lock all ends of the sixth and the seventh bubble in one lock twist (Pic 34).

Inflate the fifth balloon leaving about three-inch flat tail. Tie the nozzle of the fifth balloon at either side of the sculpture between the small one-inch bubbles. Twist the first about three-inch bubble. Twist the chain of the next two (the second and the third) soft about one-inch bubbles. Lock all ends of the second and the third bubbles in one lock twist. Measure and twist the fourth about sixteen-inch bubble (Pic 35).

Lock the free end of the fourth bubble of the fifth balloon between the sixth and the seventh bubbles of the fourth balloon (Pic 36).

We can keep the rest of the fourth balloon and use it later to make a base for the sculpture. Or cut it off and tie off the end (Pic 37).

Inflate the sixth balloon leaving about three-inch flat tail. Attach it at the side of the sculpture between small one-inch bubbles. Twist the first about three-inch bubble. Twist a chain of the next two (the second and the third) soft about one-inch bubbles. Lock all ends of the second and the third bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the fourth bubble of the same size as the fourth bubble of the fifth balloon (Pic 38).

Lock the free end of the fourth bubble between the sixth and the seventh bubbles of the fourth balloon. Cut off the rest of the sixth balloon and tie off the end (Pic 39). Congratulations, we have made menorah.

We need total of nine (eight short about fife-inch and one long about eight-inch);candles for this sculpture. In this example I use white balloons to make the candles and the red balloon to make the flame. Work the candles in the same fashion as described in previously published instructions Candle 1 or Candle 2. Attach candles at the top of the sculpture between the small one-inch bubbles (Pic 40 through 42). We can use the simple three fold hat as a base for the sculpture. As, well we can use flowers for the base. Or we can use sewing thread and sticky tape to attach the sculpture to wall, door or window. There are many different designs of menorah. And most likely, we are going to work on them in some of the future instructions. Happy Hanukkah. שלום אדמה ישראל. Have fun and happy twisting :) 


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