Saturday, March 23, 2013

Finish line balloon flag

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Materials: balloons, scissors and an air pump.
Previously we have made a checkered pattern for small size flag in instruction Checkered Finish Line Flag, each square represented by one bubble. Today I want to use different fabric as in in previously published instructions Fabric 2 Crown 2 Cake 2, Fabric 3 CubeFlags 5 and etc. Each square will be represented by four bubbles of the same color connected at the center of the square. We twist all bubbles of the same about one inch size. Usually we use white and black colors to make checkered flags. I am going to use one blue and one yellow balloons in this example to make rectangular piece of fabric with sides six by four bubbles. It takes total of twenty four bubbles to make it. We use each balloon to make twelve bubbles. Inflate balloons leaving about nine-inch flat tail (Pic 1).

Let's start with a blue balloon. Twist a chain of the first ten bubbles (Pic 2).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the third through the tenth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 3). You have to hold the first bubble to prevent it from untwisting.

Twist the first yellow bubble. Lock the free end of the first yellow bubble between the fifth and the sixth blue bubbles (Pic 4).

Twist the second and the third yellow bubbles (Pic 5).

Lock the free end of the third yellow bubble between the fourth and the third blue bubbles (Pic 6).

Twist the fourth and the fifth yellow bubbles (Pic 7).

Lock the free end of the fifth yellow bubble between the first and the second blue bubbles (Pic 8). We have made the long side of the rectangle.

Twist the eleventh blue bubble. Twist the sixth and the seventh yellow bubbles (Pic 9).

Lock the free end of the eleventh blue bubble with the free end of the seventh blue bubble (Pic 10).

Twist the eighth and the ninth yellow bubbles (Pic 11).

Lock the free end of the ninth yellow bubble between the ninth and the tenth blue bubbles (Pic 12).

Twist the tenth yellow bubble (Pic 13).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the third through the tenth) yellow bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 14).

Twist the eleventh yellow bubble. Lock the free end of the eleventh yellow bubble between the seventh and the eighth blue bubbles (Pic 15).

Twist the twelfth yellow bubble. Cut off the rest of the yellow balloon and tie off the end. Twist the twelfth blue bubble. Cut off the rest of the blue balloon and tie off the end. Congratulations, we have made the checkered pattern (Pic 16). There are only two squares at the center of the rectangle. Each square represented by four bubbles of the same color connected at the center of the square. 

In the following example I use two balloons to make rectangular shape with sides ten by four bubbles, total of 40 bubbles. We use each balloon to make twenty bubbles. Twist a chain of the first nine (the first through the ninth) yellow bubbles (Pic 17)

Twist the first blue bubble. Lock the free end of the first blue bubble with the free end of the ninth yellow bubble (Pic 18). Remember to hold the first yellow bubble to prevent it from untwisting.

Twist the second and the third blue bubbles. Lock the free end of the third blue bubble between the eighth and the seventh yellow bubbles (Pic 19).

Work in this fashion to make the second row. Twist the fourth and the fifth blue bubbles. Lock the free end of the fifth blue bubble between the sixth and the fifth yellow bubbles (Pic 20).

Twist the sixth and the seventh blue bubbles. Lock the free end of the seventh blue bubble between the fourth and the third yellow bubbles (Pic 21).

Twist the eighth and the ninth blue bubbles. Lock the free end of the ninth blue bubble between the second and the first yellow bubbles (Pic 22). Fix all bubbles in proper positions, you have to alternate the colors in each row (two blue bubbles, two yellow bubbles).

We can work the next row starting from either side. Let's make a chain of the next five (the tenth through the fourteenth) blue bubbles (Pic 23).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the seventh through the fourteenth) blue bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the chain of the next four (the fifteenth through the eighteenth) blue bubbles (Pic 24).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last sixteen (the third through the eighteenth) blue bubbles in  one lock twist (Pic 25).

Twist the tenth and the eleventh yellow bubbles. Twist the nineteenth blue bubble (Pic 26). 

Lock the free end of the eleventh yellow bubble with the free end of the nineteenth blue bubble (pic 27).

Twist the twelfth and the thirteenth yellow bubbles (Pic 28).

Lock the free end of the thirteenth yellow bubble between the eighteenth and the seventeenth blue bubbles (Pic 29).

Twist the fourteenth yellow bubble (Pic 30).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the seventh through the fourteenth) yellow bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 31).

Twist the fifteenth yellow bubble. Lock the free end of the fifteenth yellow bubble between the fifteenth and the sixteenth blue bubbles (Pic 32).

Twist the sixteenth and the seventeenth yellow bubbles (Pic 33).

Lock the free end of the seventeenth yellow bubble between the fourteenth and the thirteenth blue bubbles (Pic 34).

Twist the eighteenth yellow bubble (Pic 35).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last sixteen (the third through the eighteenth) yellow bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 36).

Twist the nineteenth yellow bubble. Lock the free end of the nineteenth yellow bubble between the eleventh and the twelfth blue bubbles (Pic 37).

Twist the twentieth yellow bubble. Cut off the rest of the yellow balloon and tie off the end. twist the twentieth blue bubble. Cut off the rest of the blue balloon and tie off the end. Congratulations, you have made the rectangular piece of fabric using checkered color pattern. In this example we have made four squares at the center of the rectangle.

We can work in the same fashion to make any larger size sculptures. Let's make two more rows. We can start by attaching nuzzle of the second blue balloon to the end (the flat tail) of the first blue balloon. Though I found it's easier to lock bubbles at the center first. Twist a chain of the first four (the first through the fourth) blue bubbles (Pic 39). 

Lock the free end of the fourth bubble between the two blue (the sixteenth and the seventeenth) bubbles at the center of the long side of the rectangle (Pic 40).

Tie the nozzle of the second blue balloon with the flat tail of the first blue balloon (Pic 41).

Work the second yellow balloon in the same fashion (Pic 42).

Twist the fifth blue bubble. Twist the fifth yellow bubble. Lock free end of the fifth blue bubble with the free end of the fifth yellow bubble (Pic 43).

Twist the sixth and the seventh yellow bubbles (Pic 44).

Lock the free end of the seventh yellow bubble between nearest two (the fourth and the third) bubbles of the second blue balloon. Work the blue balloon in the same fashion (Pic 45).

Twist the eighth yellow bubble (Pic 46).

Lock the free end of the eighth yellow bubble of the second yellow balloon between the thirteenth and the twelfth bubbles of the first yellow balloon. Work the blue balloon in the same fashion (Pic 47).

Twist the ninth yellow bubble. Lock the free end of the ninth yellow bubble between the first and the second bubbles of the second blue balloon. Work the blue balloon in the same fashion (Pic 48).

Twist the tenth yellow bubble. Cut off the rest of the yellow balloon. Work the blue balloon in the same fashion. Congratulations again, we have made rectangular piece of fabric with sides ten by six bubbles. We can use this fabric to make many different sculptures: hats, furniture, baskets, dresses and etc. Have fun and happy twisting :)
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