Friday, March 1, 2013

Vatican balloon flag. Algeria balloon flag

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Materials: balloons; scissors; an air pump; permanent markers and correction liquid.
The Vatican City flag has square shape made of two rectangles (yellow and white). In this instruction I want to make the same flag of different size. Let's start with the smallest size. We are going to make this flag of the same size as we did square shape in previously published instructions "Fabric 7 Flags 3". Inflate balloons leaving about eight-inch flat tails (Pic 1). We are going to twist all bubbles of the same about one-inch size. 

Twist the first white bubble. Twist the first yellow bubble. Lock the free end of the first white bubble with the free end of the first yellow bubble (Pic 2).

Twist a chain of the next three (the second through the fourth) white bubbles. Lock both ends of the chain of the first four (the first through the fourth) white bubbles in one lock twist. Twist a chain of the next three (the second through the fourth) yellow bubbles. Lock both ends of the chain of the first four (the first through the fourth) yellow bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 3).

Twist the fifth yellow and the fifth white bubble. Lock the free end of the fifth yellow bubble with the free end of the fifth white bubble (Pic 4).

Twist a chain of the next three (the sixth through the eighth) white bubbles. Lock both ends of the chain of the first eight (the first through the eighth) white bubbles in one lock twist. Twist a chain of the next three (the sixth through the eighth) yellow bubbles. Lock both ends of the chain of the first eight (the first through the eighth) yellow bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 5). We have made the square piece of fabric using two rectangles. The square sides are four by  four bubbles. The rectangles sides are four by two bubbles.

I use permanent yellow and permanent red marker to paint symbol on the flag (Pic 6). Congratulations, we have made the Vatican City flag. Probably it is the smallest size that we can make using 260's.

There are different ways to make larger size piece of fabric. We can increase size of bubbles. Or we can twist more bubbles.  Going this way, the next possible size of square sides is six by six bubbles. It means that we have to make two rectangles with sides three by six bubbles. And here we are with odd number of columns. Working with odd number of rows/ columns is different from working with even numbers. There is math behind balloon twisting. My knowledge of math in general is... well, I wish it was better. With regards to our sculpture I only can say based on my observation that we can start and finish the sculpture in very limited places. Twist a chain of first ten (the first through the tenth) yellow bubbles (Pic 7).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the seventh through the tenth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 8).

Twist the next two (the eleventh and the twelfth) bubbles (Pic 9).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the fifth through the twelfth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 10).

Twist the thirteenth bubble. Lock the free end of the thirteenth bubble between the first and the second bubble (Pic 11).

Twist the next two (the fourteenth and the fifteenth) bubbles (Pic 12).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the twelfth through the fifteenth) bubbles in one lock twist. You have to pull the rest of the balloon through the loop of bubbles. Twist the next two (the sixteenth and the seventeenth) bubbles (Pic 13).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the tenth through the seventeenth) bubbles in  one lock twist. You have to pull the end of the balloon through the loop of bubbles (Pic 14).

Twist the eighteenth bubble. Cut off the rest of the balloon and tie off the end (Pic 15). We have made the yellow rectangle with sides three by six bubbles.

The next step is to make and attach the second (white) rectangle. The corners of square would look different, depending on how we attach the rectangles. We can attach the white balloon to the nozzle of the yellow balloon (Pic 16).

Or we can attach the white balloon to the opposite side of the yellow rectangle. Let's work from this side. Twist a chain of the first three (the first through the third) white bubbles (Pic 17).

Lock the free end of the third white bubble between the third and the fourth yellow bubbles. You have to force  the chain of the first three (the first through the third) bubbles through the loop of four yellow bubbles. Twist the next two (the fourth and the fifth) white bubbles (Pic 18).

Lock the free end of the fifth white  bubble between the fifth and the sixth yellow bubbles. You have to pull the end of the white balloon through the loop of the four yellow bubbles (Pic 19).

Twist the next two (the sixth and the seventh) white bubbles (Pic 20).

Lock the free end of the seventh white bubble between the seventh and the eighth yellow bubbles. You have to pull the end of the white balloon through the loop of four yellow bubbles (Pic 21).

Twist the next two (the ninth and the tenth) white bubbles (Pic 22).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the seventh through the tenth) white bubbles in one lock twist. You have to pull the end of the white balloon through the loop of four bubbles (Pic 23).

Twist the next two (the eleventh and the twelfth) white bubbles. Lock both end of the chain of the last eight (the fifth through the twelfth) white bubbles in one lock twist. You have to pull the end of the white balloon through the loop of four bubbles. Twist the thirteenth white bubble (Pic 24).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last twelve (the second through the thirteenth) white bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 25).

Twist the next two (the fourteenth and the fifteenth) white bubbles. Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the twelfth through the fifteenth) white bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 26).

Twist the next two (the sixteenth and the seventeenth) white bubbles. Lock the ends of the chain of the last eight (the tenth through the seventeenth) bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the eighteenth white bubble. We have made the square. We can use the rest of the white balloon to make a handle (Pic 27).

Or just cut off the rest of the white balloon and tie off the end. I use permanent yellow and red markers to draw symbol on the flag (Pic 28 and 29). In this example we have end of balloon in each corner of the square.


Congratulations again, we have made two different size flags of Vatican City (Pic 30).

And again, the sculpture looks a bit different if we attach the nozzles of balloons (Pic 31).

Let's make flag of Algeria. In this example we are going to use two rectangles with sides four by three bubbles to make one rectangle with sides four by six bubbles. Twist a chain of the first eight (the first through the eighth) green bubbles (Pic 32).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the fifth through the eighth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 33).

Twist the ninth bubble. Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the second through the ninth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 34).

Twist the next two ( the tenth and the eleventh) bubbles (Pic 35).

Lock both ends of the chain the last four (the eight through the eleventh) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 36).

Twist the twelfth green bubble. We have made the green rectangle with sides four by three. We can keep the rest of the green balloon to make a handle. Or cut off the rest of the green balloon and tie off the end (Pic 37). And once again, we can attach the second (white) rectangle to either long side of the green rectangle.

Tie nozzle of the white balloon with the nozzle of the green balloon. Twist a chain of the first eight white bubbles (Pic 38).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (fifth through the eights) white bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the ninth white bubble (Pic 39).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the second through the ninth) white bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the tenth white bubble (Pic 40).

Lock the free end of the tenth white bubble between the nearest two (the tenth and the eleventh) green bubbles. You have to pull the end of the white balloon through the loop of the four green bubbles. Twist the eleventh white bubble (Pic 41).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the eights through the eleventh) white bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 42).

Twist the twelfth white bubble. Lock the free end of the twelfth white bubble with the end of the green balloon (Pic 43). We can keep the rest of the white balloon and use it as a handle.

Or cut off the rest of the white balloon and tie off the ends. We have made two colors rectangle
 with sides four by six bubbles. I use white correction liquid and a permanent red marker to paint symbol (Pic 44). 

Paint the symbol with the white correction liquid (Pic 45).

Then use the red permanent marker to paint over the white symbol (Pic 46). Congratulations, we have made the flag of Algeria.

The sculpture looks different if we attach opposite sides of small rectangles. There are ends of balloons in each corner of the big rectangle (Pic 47)

We have made sculptures of different size and shapes. Most importantly, we have used one balloon to make odd number of rows/ columns (Pic 48). Have fun and happy twisting :)

Update after October 2012:
Barbados. 
In this example I use two blue and one yellow balloons (work them in the same fashion as described above) to make three rectangular shapes with sides 6 by 3 bubbles. All three rectangles connected to make rectangular shape with sides 6 by 9 bubbles. Then I use white correction liquid to paint the sign on the flag. Use permanent blue marker to paint over the white sign.


Cameroon.
I work this flag in the same fashion as described above (just use different color balloons). 


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