Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dominican Republic balloon flag. Chad balloon flag


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Materials: balloons, an air pump, scissors and correction liquid. I use white correction liquid to paint symbols and then I color it with permanent marker.

We are going to use just one balloon to make one rectangular shape piece of fabric, using basically the same technique as we used in previously published instructions  fabric 1, fabric 2 and etc. The size of this piece of fabric is 4 bubbles by 6 bubbles. Total we will twist 24 bubbles, all of the same about half of inch (thumb nail) size. It is important to twist all bubbles of the same size for this sculpture. Other wise the rectangle won’t be rectangular. We can use the rectangle shape in many different sculptures: flags, cakes, and so on. We can use number of small rectangles to make larger size rectangles. Also the fabric is very flexible, therefore we can use it to make various 3-D objects. Inflate a balloon leaving about eight—inch flat tail (Pic 1).

Twist a chain of five (the first through the fifth) bubbles (Pic 2).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the second through the fifth)bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 3).

Twist a chain of the next six (the sixth through the eleventh) bubbles (Pic 4).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the eighth through the eleventh) bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the twelfth bubble (Pic 5). 

Lock both ends of the chain of the first twelve (the first through the twelfth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 6). We have made a small rectangle (2 bubbles by 6 bubbles) or a half of the rectangular piece we want to make.

Twist a chain of the next two (the thirteenth and the fourteenth) bubbles (Pic 7).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last two bubbles between the nearest two (the fourth and the fifth) bubbles (Pic 8). Or it could be between the eighth and the ninth bubbles. We have to pull the end of the balloon through the loop of bubbles. Roll bubbles around the balloon to reduce friction.

Twist a chain of the next three (the fifteenth through the seventeenth) bubbles (Pic 9).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the fourteenth through the seventeenth) bubbles in one lock twist. Again we have to force the end of the balloon through the loop of bubbles (Pic 10).

Twist a chain of the next five (the eighteenth through the twenty second) bubbles (Pic 11).

Lock the free end of the twenty second bubble between the eighth and the ninth bubbles (Pic 12).

Twist the twenty third bubble. Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the twentieth through the twenty third) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 13).

Twist the twenty fourth bubble. Lock  both ends of the chain of twenty four (the first through the twenty fourth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 14). Cut off the rest of the balloon and tie off the end. Congratulations we have made the rectangular piece. 

We can use it as it is to make any single color flag. For example we can use a red balloon to make the flag of China. Also you need a gold (yellow) color permanent marker to draw the stars. Just for sake of an example-I mean no offence, I use a black permanent marker (I don't have a gold marker) to draw symbolic on the flag of USSR (Pic 15).

As I have mentioned previously, we can use number of small rectangles to make larger sculptures. In the following example we are going to make the second (yellow) rectangle and attach it to the first (red) rectangle. Twist a chain of two bubbles (Pic 16).

We can expand the sculpture in any direction. Just for an example we will do it on the long side of the rectangle. Lock the free end of the second yellow bubble between the two red bubbles at the corner (Pic 17).

Twist the chain of the next three (the third through the fifth) yellow bubbles (Pic 18).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the second through the fifth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 19).

Twist the sixth yellow bubble (Pic 20).

Lock the free end of the sixth yellow bubble between the next two red bubbles. Twist the next two (the seventh and the eighth) yellow bubbles. Lock the free end of the eighth yellow bubble between the next two red bubbles (Pic 21). We have attached the yellow balloon to the red rectangle. Now we make the rest of the yellow rectangle in the same fashion as we have made the red rectangle.

Twist the chain of the next three (the ninth through the eleventh) yellow bubbles (Pic 22).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the eighth through the eleventh) bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the twelfth yellow bubble (Pic 23).

Lock both ends of the chain of the first twelve (the first through the twelfth) yellow bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 24). Congratulations, we have made a square (6 bubbles by 6 bubbles).

Twist the chain of the next two (the thirteenth and the fourteenth) yellow bubbles. Lock the free end of the fourteenth bubble between the nearest two yellow bubbles at the corner (Pic 25).

Again, we can work the rest of the sculpture in the same fashion as we did previously. Also, it is easier to add new balloons to the sculpture in the process. Let's try it. Twist a chain of the next two (the fifteenth and the sixteenth) yellow bubbles (Pic 26).

Inflate a purple balloon. Twist a chain of the first two purple bubbles. Lock the free end of the second purple bubble with the free end of the sixteenth yellow bubble (Pic 27).

Twist a chain of the next three (the third through the fifth) purple bubbles. Lock both ends of the last four (the second through the fifth) purple bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the seventeenth yellow bubble (Pic 28).

Lock both ends of the last four (the fourteenth through the seventeenth) purple bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 29).

Twist the eighteenth yellow bubble. Twist the sixth purple bubble. Lock the free end of the eighteenth yellow bubble with the sixth purple bubble (Pic 30).

Twist a chain of the next two ( the seventh and the eighth) purple bubbles. Twist a chain of the next two (the nineteenth and the twentieth) yellow bubbles. Lock the free end of the eighth purple bubble with the free end of the twentieth yellow bubble (Pic 31). We have attached the purple balloon to the sculpture.

Complete the rest of the yellow rectangle in the same fashion as we did the red rectangle (Pic 32 through 35).




Congratulations, we have made the second rectangle. Complete the rest of the purple rectangle in the same fashion as we did the red rectangle (Pic 35 through 37). Congratulations, we have made the third rectangle. In this example we also have used colors (purple, yellow and red) to make the flag of Chad. We can use different color balloons for this sculpture to make different flags. I am going to add more examples of flags at the bottom of this post.



In the next example we are going to use two additional balloons to attach four rectangles (Pic 38).

We are going to use each white balloon to twist twenty two bubbles. Take the first white balloon. Twist the first white bubble. Lock the white bubble between the two bubbles at the corner of the long side of the first rectangle. Take the second white balloon and work it in the same fashion with the second rectangle. Tie nuzzles of white balloons in one knot (Pic 39).

Twist the second white bubbles. Lock the free end of the second white bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 40).

Work both white balloons in this fashion to the next corner on the long side of the rectangles. It takes six bubbles to cover the long side of the rectangle (Pic 41).

Important: to keep the sculpture flat we have to twist one extra bubble to go around the corner of a rectangle. Work each white balloon to the next corner on the short side of the rectangle (Pic 42).

It takes four bubbles to cover the short side of the rectangle. Twist the twelfth white bubble. Now we are going to attach the third rectangle. Lock the free end of the twelfth white bubble between the two bubbles at the corner on the short side of the third rectangle (Pic 43).

Work the white balloon to the next corner on the short side (Pic 44). 

Twist the twelfth white bubble of the second white balloon. Now we are going to attach the fourth rectangle in the same fashion as we did the third rectangle (Pic 45 and 46).


Remember to twist an additional white bubble to go around a corner of a rectangle. Work both white balloons to the next corner in the same fashion (Pic 47).

Cut off the rest of the white balloons and tie off the ends (Pic 48). Congratulations, we have made large size rectangle (10 bubbles by 14 bubbles). 

In this instruction we use a small rectangle as a tile to make larger sculptures (Pic 49). Have fun and happy twisting :)

Flag of Bangladesh.
Use white correction liquid to paint symbol. Then paint it with red permanent marker.

Flag of Belgium.

Update November 4th, 2012
Flag of Burkina Faso.
 In this example I use white correction liquid to paint the star, and then yellow permanent marker to color it.


Flag of Chad.

Flag of Dominican Republic.

Flag of France, France Metropolitan,
 French Guiana, Guadeloupe.
It seems that this three colors are the most popular national colors around the world.

Flag of Hong Kong (China).
In this example I use correction liquid to paint the symbols at the center of the flag.

Flag of Ireland.

Flag of Italy.

Flag of Japan.
In this example I use red permanent marker to paint the symbols at the center of the flag.

Flag of Nigeria.

Flag of Peru.

Flag of Romania.

Flag of Tunisia.
In this example I use correction liquid to paint the symbols at the center of the flag. Also, you can use red permanent marker to paint over the symbols at the center of the white circle.

Flag of Turkey.
In this example I use correction liquid to paint the symbols on the flag.

Flag of Vietnam.
In this example I use correction liquid (white) to paint five points star at the center of the flag. 

And then I use yellow permanent marker to color the star.

Flag of UN.
 Blue balloon and white correction liquid to draw the sign. I just outline the sign without going much in the details (due to the size of the flag, and my personal painting skills).

Flag of Zaire.
I use white correction liquid to paint all stars, and then yellow permanent marker to color the stars.
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