Friday, March 1, 2013

Palestine balloon flag. Philippines balloon flag. Puerto Rico balloon flag


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Materials: balloons, an air pump, scissors and white correction liquid.
In previously published instructions we used different fabrics to make flags that mostly consist of rectangular and square shapes. In the following examples we are going to use fabric with square shape pattern to make triangular shape. Think it is possible to make, thanks to optical illusion or pixelation effect. We are going to twist all bubbles of the same about one-inch size. Inflate red balloon leaving about eight-inch flat tail (Pic 1).

We are going to use this balloon to make triangular shape with sides 6 by 3 by 3 bubbles. Let's start with the long side. Twist a chain of the first seven (the first through the seventh) bubbles (Pic 2).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the sixth and the seventh) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 3). We have made the first row and the long side of the triangle.

Twist the next two (the eighth and the ninth) bubbles (Pic 4).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last six (the fourth through the ninth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 5).

Twist the chain of the next two (the tenth and the eleventh) bubbles (Pic 6).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last ten (the second through the eleventh) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 7).

Twist the twelfth bubble (Pic 8).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the eleventh and the twelfth) bubbles in one lock twist. You have to roll the twelfth bubble around the eleventh bubble (Pic 9). As you may noticed, the size of twelfth and the eleventh (as well as the sixth and the seventh) bubbles increases after we make the lock. It is due to the pressure. To make the bubbles of the same size as all the other bubbles we can make them smaller and/ or softer before we lock them. We have made the second row of our triangle.

Twist the next two (the thirteenth and the fourteenth) bubbles. Cut off the rest of the balloon and tie off the end (Pic 10).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last six (the ninth through the fourteenth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 11). We have made the triangle. It is not exactly triangle. However, we are going to use this shape in our sculpture to represent triangle. And it will look triangle like after all.

Now we can use this red triangular shape to make rectangular shape with sides 6 by 9 bubbles to represent flag of Palestine. The long side of the red triangle makes the first left column of our rectangle. Inflate black, white and green balloons leaving about eight-inch flat tails. We are going to use each of the three balloons to make two rows. Attach nozzle of black balloon between the eighth and the fourteenth red bubbles. Attach nozzle of the white balloon between the fourteenth and the thirteenth red bubbles. Attach nozzle of the green balloon between the twelfth and the thirteenth red bubbles. Twist the first and the second black bubbles. Twist the first white bubble (Pic 12).

Lock the free end of the first white bubble with the free end of the second black bubble. Twist the next two (the third and the fourth) black and the next two (the second and the third) white bubbles (Pic 13).

Lock the free end of the fourth black bubble with the free end of the third white bubble (Pic 14).

Twist the next two (the fifth and the sixth) black and the next two (the fourth and the fifth) white bubbles. Lock the free end of the sixth black bubble with the free end of the fifth white bubble. Twist a chain of the next three (the seventh through the ninth) black bubbles (Pic 15).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the sixth through the ninth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 16).

Work the rest of the second black row in the same fashion. Twist the next two (the tenth and the eleventh) black bubbles. Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the fourth through the eleventh) black bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the next two (the twelfth and the thirteenth) black bubbles. Lock both ends of the chain  of the last twelve ( the second through the thirteenth) black bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the next two (the fourteenth and the fifteenth) black bubbles (Pic 17).

Cut off the rest of the black balloon and tie off the end. Lock the end of the free end of the fifteenth black bubble between the seventh and the eighth red bubbles (Pic 18). We have made the top two rows of the rectangle. The top row has one red and eight black bubbles. The second from the top row has two red and seven black bubbles.

Twist the chain of the next three (the sixth through the eighth) white bubbles (Pic 19).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the fifth through the eighth) white bubble in one lock twist. Twist the next two (the ninth and the tenth) white bubbles (Pic 20).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the third through the tenth) white bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the next two (the eleventh and the twelfth) white bubbles. Cut off the rest of the white balloon and tie off the end (Pic 21).

Lock both ends of the chain of twelve (the first through the twelfth) white bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 22). We have made the third and the fourth row of the rectangle. There are three red and six white bubbles in each of the rows.

Work the rest of the sculpture in the same fashion as we did the black balloon (Pic 23 through 26).




Congratulations, we have made the flag of Palestine. It has rectangular shape with sides six by nine bubbles (Pic 27). And as you may noticed already, the red shape is more triangular like in this example.

In the following example we are going to use the same size triangular shape to make flag of Philippines. Use white balloon to make the triangular shape. This time we are going to make rectangular shape with sides six by eight bubbles. Once again, we will use the long side of triangle to make the first (left) column of the rectangle.  I want to use one blue and one red balloon to make the rest of the rectangle. Inflate balloons leaving about eight-inch flat tails. Attach nozzles of both balloons at the center/ corner of white triangle (Pic 28).

In this example we are going to use each balloon to twist twenty one bubbles. However, it takes only 18 bubbles of each (blue and red) color to make the sculpture if you use additional balloons. Twist the first two blue and the first two red bubbles. Lock the free end of the second blue bubble with the free end of the second red bubble (Pic 29).

Twist the next two blue and the next two red bubbles. Lock the free end of the fourth blue bubble with the free end of the fourth red bubble (Pic 30).

Twist the next three ( the fifth through the seventh) blue bubbles (Pic 31).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the fourth through the seventh) blue bubbles. Work the red balloon in the same fashion (Pic 32).

Twist the next two bubbles. Lock both ends of the chain of the last eight (the second through the ninth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 33).

Twist the next two bubbles. Lock the free end of the eleventh blue bubble between the twelfth and the thirteenth white bubbles. Lock the free end of the eleventh red bubble between the eighth and the fourteenth white bubbles (Pic 34).

Twist the twelfth blue bubble (Pic 35).

 Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (eleventh and the twelfth) blue bubbles in one lock twist. Work the red balloon in the same fashion (Pic 36).

Twist the next two blue bubbles (Pic 37).

Lock the free end of the fourteenth blue bubble with the first white bubble (Pic 38). Work the red balloon in the same fashion.

Twist the fifteenth bubble (Pic 39).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 40).

Twist the sixteenth bubble (Pic 41).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the thirteenth through the sixteenth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 42).

Twist the next two (the seventeenth and the eighteenth) bubbles (Pic 43).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last ten (the ninth through the eighteenth) bubbles in one lock twist. Twist the next two bubbles (Pic 44).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last fourteenth (the seventh through the twentieth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 45).

Twist the last, twenty first, bubble (Pic 46).

Cut off the rest of the balloon and tie off the end (Pic 47). Congratulations, we have made the rectangular shape with sides six by eight bubbles.

Use permanent yellow marker to draw symbols of Philippines flag (Pic 48).

Congratulations, we have made the flag of Philippines (Pic 49).

Let's put the two flags next to each other just to see the difference in the size of rectangles (Pic 50).

Working in this fashion we can make smaller size triangle with sides 4 by 2 by 2 bubbles. And we can use two or more balloons to make larger size triangles. In the following example, we are going to use two blue balloons to make triangle shape with sides 10 by 5 by 5 bubbles. Inflate balloons leaving about eight-inch flat tails (Pic 51).  

We can work this triangle in different ways. I like to use one balloon to make the first two rows. And I will use the second balloon to make the rest of the triangle. Twist a chain of the first eleven bubbles (Pic 52).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the tenth and the eleventh) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 53). We have made the long side of the triangle.

Twist a chain of the next eight (the twelfth through the nineteenth) bubbles (Pic 54).

Lock the both ends of the chain of the last eighteen (the second through the nineteenth) bubbles in one lock twist. Work the rest of the second row in the same fashion as we did previously (Pic 55).

Cut off the rest of the balloon and tie off the end (Pic 56).

Twist the first and the second bubbles of the second balloon (Pic 57).

Lock the free end of the second bubble between the fourteenth and the fifteenth bubbles (Pic 58).

Attach the nuzzle of the second balloon between the twelfth and the thirteenth bubbles (Pic 59).

Twist the third and the fourth bubbles. Lock the free end of the fourth bubble between the sixteenth and the seventeenth bubbles (pic 60).

Twist the fifth and the sixth bubbles. Lock the free end of the sixth bubble between the eighteenth and the nineteenth bubbles. Twist the seventh bubble (Pic 61).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the sixth and the seventh) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 62). We have made the third row.

Twist the eighth and the ninth bubbles (Pic 63).

Lock the free end of the ninth bubble between the fourth and the third bubbles. Twist the tenth and the eleventh bubbles. Lock the free end of the eleventh bubble between the second and the first bubble. Twist the twelfth bubble (Pic 64).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the eleventh and the twelfth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 65). We have made the fourth row.

Twist the thirteenth and the fourteenth bubbles (Pic 66).

Lock the free end of the fourteenth bubble between the ninth and the eighth bubbles (Pic 67).

Cut off the rest of the balloon and tie off the end (Pic 68). Congratulations, we have made triangle with sides 10 by 5 by 5 bubbles.

In the following example we are going to make flag of Puerto Rico. We will make rectangular shape with sides 10 by 13 bubbles. Again, we can make larger size rectangular shape using more balloons. Inflate three red and two white balloons leaving about eight-inch flat tail. We are going to use each balloon to make two rows. The large side of blue triangle makes the first left column of our rectangle. Attach nozzle of red balloon between eleventh and twelfth blue bubbles (Pic 69).

Twist a chain of twenty three red bubbles. Lock the free end of the twenty third bubble between the twelfth and the fourteenth blue bubbles (Pic 70).

Work the red balloon in the same fashion as described previously to make the top two rows of the rectangle. Cut off the rest of the red balloon (Pic 71).

Twist the first white bubble. Lock the free end of the first white bubble between the twenty second and the twenty first red bubbles. Lock the nozzle of the white balloon between nearest two blue bubbles (Pic 72).

Twist total of nineteen white bubbles and work them in the same fashion as described previously to make the third and the fourth rows (Pic 73 and 74).


We work the rest of the sculpture in the same fashion. It seems a bit easier to work red and white balloons at the same time. Let's make the two red and one white rows at the bottom of the sculpture now (Pic 75 through 77).



Attach nozzle of the third red balloon at the center corner of blue triangle. Let's make the fifth top row of the sculpture (Pic 78 and 79)

Work the red and the white row at the same time (Pic 79 and 80).

Congratulations, we have made the rectangular shape with sides ten by thirteen bubbles. Use white correction liquid to draw the symbol on the blue triangle (Pic 80).

First I outline the five points star (Pic 81).

Then paint the star. Congratulations, we have made the flag of Puerto Rico (Pic 82).

Let's take a look on all three flags that we made today (Pic 83). In this example we use the same shape triangle to make all three sculptures. Is it possible to make different shape triangle using this fabric? I think it is possible only if we change size of some of the bubbles. Do you know other ways to make triangles with different angles? Sound it in comments. Have fun and happy twisting :)
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