Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Balloon crane


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Materials: balloons; an air pump; scissors and a permanent marker.
Basically, we are going to use the same technique as we did in previously published instructions fabric 2fabric 3. The difference: in this instruction we connect both ends of each row. In this example we use only four balloons to build the tower. We can make the tower  as tall/ long as we want. We also can use any even number of balloons to build larger in a diameter tower. I am using different color balloons just for purpose of this instruction. We twist all bubbles of the same about two—inch size. Inflate four balloons leaving about six—inch flat tail (Pic 1).

Twist the first yellow and the first blue bubble (Pic 2).

Lock the free end of the first yellow and the first blue bubble in one lock twist (Pic 3).

Twist the first pink and the first gray bubble (Pic 4).

Lock the free end of the first pink and the first gray bubble in one lock twist (Pic 5).

Twist the second yellow and the second gray bubble (Pic 6).

Lock the free end of the second yellow and the second gray bubble in one lock twist (Pic 7).

Twist the second blue and the second pink bubble (Pic 8).

Lock the free end of the second blue and the second pink bubble in one lock twist (Pic 9).

Twist the third pink and the third gray bubbles (Pic 10).

Lock the free end of the third pink and the third gray bubble in one lock twist (Pic 11).

Twist the third yellow and the third blue bubble (Pic 12).

Lock the free end of the third yellow and the third blue bubble in one lock twist (Pic 13).

Twist the fourth blue and the fourth pink bubble (Pic 14).

Lock the free end of the fourth blue bubble and fourth pink bubble in one lock twist (Pic 15).

Twist the fourth gray and the fourth yellow bubble (Pic 16).

Lock the free end of the fourth gray and the fourth yellow bubble in one lock twist (Pic 17).

Twist the fifth yellow and the fifth blue bubble (Pic 18).

Lock the free end of the fifth yellow and the fifth blue bubble in one lock twist (Pic 19).

Twist the fifth pink and the fifth gray bubble (Pic 20).

Lock the free end of the fifth pink and the fifth gray bubble in one lock twist (Pic 21). We have made the tower for a crane. We can keep twisting in the same fashion to make it as tall as we want. Though I think this size tower should work just fine for our purpose.

Let’s make a cabin. Twist the sixth blue and the sixth yellow bubble (in this example I made all sixth bubbles of one-inch size). Twist the seventh yellow two—inch bubble (Pic 22).

Lock the free end of the seventh yellow bubble with the free end of the sixth blue bubble (Pic 23).

Twist the seventh blue bubble and the sixth pink bubble (Pic 24).

Lock the free end of the seventh blue bubble with the free end of the sixth pink bubble (Pic 25).

Twist the seventh pink bubble and the sixth gray bubble (Pic 26).

Lock the free end of the seventh pink bubble with the free end of the sixth gray bubble (Pic 27).

Twist the seventh gray bubble (Pic 28).

It's important to work the row in the same direction. Changing directions will result in making a different shape. You welcome to explore this possibility on your own. We are going to connect the row following the same direction. Lock the free end of the seventh gray bubble between the sixth and the seventh yellow bubbles. You have to force the end of the gray balloon through the loop of three (the sixth blue, the sixth and the seventh yellow) bubbles (Pic 29 and 30).


Twist the blue, the pink, the gray and the yellow eighth bubbles (Pic 31).

Lock the free end of all eighth bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 32). We have made the cabin.

Cut off the rest of three balloons and tie off the ends (Pic 33).

Twist the ninth blue soft one—inch bubble (Pic 34).

Lock both ends of the ninth bubble in one lock twist and cut off the rest of the balloon (Pic 35 through 37). The ninth blue bubble covers the knot at the top of the cabin.



Inflate a brown balloon leaving about eight—inch flat tail (Pic 38).

We are going to use the brown balloon to make the crane's arm. Force the brown balloon through both sides of the cabin (Pic 39).

Make the second brown one—inch bubble at the very end of the balloon (Pic 40). The second brown bubble represents the hook. Basically, we have made the crane.

There are a couple more improvements we can make. Tie a knot between the second brown bubble and the rest of the balloon to fix the second bubble at the very end of the balloon (Pic 41 and 42).


Twist a chain of three (the third through the fifth) brown soft one—inch bubbles (Pic 43).

Lock all ends of the fourth and the fifth brown bubble in one lock twist (Pic 44 through 48). Fix all bubbles in proper positions. It looks ridicules, however we need it to keep the rope, the wire- or whatever it is in a fixed position.





We are going to use one more balloon to make the crane more stable on a flat surface. Inflate a blue balloon leaving about four—inch flat tail (Pic 49).

Twist a chain of four (the first through the fourth) blue two—inch bubbles (Pic 50).

Lock both ends of the chain of four (the first through the fourth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 51). 

We are going to split the rest of the blue balloon to make four bubbles. Twist the chain of four (the fifth through the eighth) about seven—inch bubbles (Pic 52).

Lock the free end of the fifth bubble between the first and the second bubble (Pic 53).

Lock the free end of the sixth bubble between the second and the third bubble (Pic 54).

Lock the free end of the seventh bubble between the third and the fourth bubble (Pic 55).

Lock the free end of the eighth bubble between the fourth and the first bubble (Pic 56). We have made the base.

Attach bottom ends of the tower to appropriate spots of the base (Pic 57 through 59).



Congratulations, we have made the crane on a base (Pic 60).

We can convert the sides of the base to some sort of wheels (Pic 61 through 63). Making it a two wheels mobile crane. Use a black permanent marker to draw a face on the front side of the base.



In the example bellow I used four green balloons to make the tower. Also, there are other minor differences from previous sculpture: the tower and the cabin has extra row of bubbles, the crane's arm has one extra bubble as well (Pic 64 and 65).Have fun and happy twisting :)

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