Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sweden 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.

Today we are going to make a flag of Sweden. We will do it basically in the same fashion as we did in previously published instruction "Fabric 6 Flags 2". However, this time we have to make a square. We are going to twist all bubbles of the same up to one-inch size. Inflate balloons leaving about eight-inch flat tail (Pic 1).

Twist a chain of the first four (the first through the fourth) bubbles (Pic 2).

Lock both ends of the chain of the first four bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 3). We have made a small square. It is actually the center part of the bigger square that we are making.

Now we are going add bubbles to this small square. Twist a chain of the next three (the fifth through the seventh) bubbles (Pic 4).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last three (the fifth through the seventh) bubbles between the nearest two (the first and the second) bubbles of the small square. We have to force the end of the balloon through the loop of the chain of the first four bubbles (Pic 5). Take your time, hold the bubbles to prevent untwisting. We have made the first corner of the square. In this fashion we are going to work all the way around the small square. 

Twist a chain of the next three (the eighth through the tenth) bubbles (Pic 6).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last three (the eighth through the tenth) bubbles between the next nearest two (the second and the third) bubbles of the small square (Pic 7).

Twist a chain of the next three (the eleventh through the thirteenth) bubbles (Pic 8).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last three (the eleventh through the thirteenth) bubbles between the next nearest two (the third and the fourth) bubbles of the small square (Pic 9).

Twist a chain of the next three (the fourteenth through the sixteenth) bubbles (Pic 10).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last sixteenth (the first through the sixteenth) bubbles in one lock twist. Cut of the rest of the balloon and tie off the end. Congratulations, we have made the square (Pic 11). 

We have to make set of two squares and set of two rectangles for the flag. So far we have made the square. Now let's make the rectangle. We can do it exactly as we did in the instruction "Fabric 6, Flags 2". Or we can do it in similar way as we did the square-working from the center. Twist a chain of the first six (the first through the sixth) bubbles (Pic 12).

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

Twist a chain of the next two (the seventh and the eighth) bubbles (Pic 14).

Lock both ends of the chain of the first eight (the first through the eighth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 15). We have made the small rectangle. It is the center of the bigger rectangle that we are going to make.

Now we are going to work our way around the small rectangle. Twist a chain of the next three (the ninth through the eleventh) bubbles (Pic 16).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last three (the ninth through the eleventh) bubbles between the nearest two (the first and the second) bubbles of the small rectangle (Pic 17). We have made the first corner of the bigger rectangle.

Twist a chain of the next two (the twelfth and the thirteenth) bubbles (Pic 18).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last two (the twelfth and the thirteenth) bubbles between the two (the third and the fourth) bubbles at the other corner of the small rectangle (Pic 19). We have made the middle section of the bigger rectangle.

Twist a chain of the next three (the fourteenth through the sixteenth) bubbles (Pic 20).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last three (the fourteenth through the sixteenth) bubbles between the next nearest two (the fourth and the fifth) bubbles of the small rectangle (Pic 21).

Twist the chain of the next three (the seventeenth through the nineteenth) bubbles (Pic 22).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last three (the seventeenth through the nineteenth) bubbles between the next nearest two (the fifth and the sixth) bubbles of the small rectangle (Pic 23).

Twist the chain of the next two (the twentieth and the twenty first) bubbles (Pic 24).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last two (the twentieth and the twenty first) bubbles between the two (seventh and the eighth) bubbles of the small rectangle (Pic 25).

Twist the chain of the next three (the twenty second through the twenty fourth) bubbles (Pic 26).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last twenty four (the first through the twenty fourth) bubbles in one lock twist. Cut off the rest of the balloon. Congratulations, we have made the rectangle (Pic 27).

We have made the square and the rectangle (Pic 28). Both shapes can be used as a tiles to make larger size fabric for different sculptures.

Now we going to use two more balloons to attach two squares and two rectangles in a shape of rectangle. We are going to do it in the same fashion as was described in instruction "Fabric 6 Flags 2". Inflate two yellow balloons leaving about eight-inch flat tails. Tie nuzzles of both balloons in one knot (Pic 29).

Twist the first yellow bubble. Lock the free end of the first yellow bubble between two bubbles at the corner of the square. Repeat the same step with the second yellow balloon (Pic 30). Place both squares against each other as in mirror reflection.

Twist the second yellow bubbles (Pic 31).

Lock free end of second yellow bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 32).

Work the yellow balloons in this fashion to the next corner of the squares (Pic 33 through 35).



Now we have to work around the corner of the square. Twist the chain of the next two (the fifth and the sixth) yellow bubbles (Pic 36).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last two (the fifth and the sixth) yellow bubble between the next nearest two bubbles of the square. Then work the yellow balloon along the side to the next corner of the square (Pic 37).

Twist the chain of the next two (the ninth and the tenth) yellow bubbles (Pic 38).

Lock the free end of the chain of the last two (the ninth and the tenth) yellow bubbles between two bubbles at the corner of the short side of the rectangle (Pic 39). Place the short side of the rectangle against the square.

Twist the eleventh yellow bubble. Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the eighth through the eleventh) yellow bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 40).

Work the yellow balloon in this fashion to the corner of the rectangle (Pic 41).

Repeat the same steps to attach the second rectangle (Pic 42).

Twist the fourteenth yellow bubbles. Lock the free end of the fourteenth bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the fifteenth yellow bubble. Lock the free end of the fifteenth yellow bubble between the next nearest two bubbles of the rectangle. Work in this fashion to the corner of the rectangle (Pic 43 and 44).


Cut off the rest of the yellow balloons and tie off the ends. Congratulations, we have made the flag of Sweden. We can change colors of the balloons to make some more flags. Also, as with all fabric, we can use it to make many different sculptures. Happy New Year! Have fun and happy twisting :)

Flag of Switzerland.
In this example I use correction liquid to paint the symbol.

Flag of Finland.
Work this flag in the same fashion as described above (just use different color balloons).
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