Sunday, March 3, 2013

Balloon bird

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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).

The first two bubbles we twist to make eyes. Twist the first three—inch bubble (Pic 2).

Twist the second three—inch bubble (Pic 3).

Lock both ends of the chain of the first two (the first and the second) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 4). This step is marked with arrows between points A and B on the scheme.

The next two bubbles we twist to make the beak. Twist the third soft five—inch bubble (Pic 5).

Lock both ends of the third bubble in one lock twist (Pic 6). This step is marked with arrows between points B and C on the scheme.

Twist the fourth soft five—inch bubble (Pic 7).

Lock both ends of the fourth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 8). This step is marked with arrows between points C and D on the scheme.

The next two bubbles we twist to make the wings. Twist the fifth five—inch bubble (Pic 9).

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

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the fifth and the sixth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 11 and 12). This step is marked with arrows between points D and F on the scheme.


Twist the seventh three—inch bubble (Pic 13). It’s the body.

The next two bubbles we twist to make the legs. Twist the eighth soft one—inch bubble (Pic 14).

Twist the ninth soft one—inch bubble (Pic 15).

Lock both ends of the last two (the eighth and the ninth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 16). This step is marked with arrows between points G and I on the scheme.

Lock both ends of the eighth bubble and both ends of the ninth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 17). This step is marked with arrows between points G and H on the scheme. We have made the legs.

Twist the tenth one—inch bubble (Pic 18).

Lock the free end of the tenth bubble between the fifth and the sixth bubbles (Pic 19 and 20). This step is marked with arrows between points J and E on the scheme. The rest of the balloon is the eleventh bubble. It’s the tail of the bird. We can keep the tail as it is.


Or you can lock both ends of the eleventh bubble in one lock twist (Pic 21 and 22). This step is marked with arrows between points J and K on the scheme.


Use a permanent marker to draw the wings and the eyes of the bird (Pic 23 through 25). Congratulations, you have made the bird!



You can use the same base to make different sculptures. For instance you can use the same bird body
 to make different birds. We just have to change some details: color of the balloon, shape of the beak or the tail. The bird would look like a toucan if you twist one bubble instead of two bubbles for the beak (Pic 26 through 29).


You can twist more than one bubble to make the tail (Pic 28).

Have fun and happy twisting :)
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