Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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Materials: balloons, scissors, air pump.
In this instruction we are going to make a doll size cradle. However, we can modify the sculpture to make all common doll size furniture like: tables, chairs and etc. For purpose of this instruction I am going to use six different color balloons. Let's start our sculpture by making the box spring or the mattress or the top/ bottom of the table/ chair. We are going to do it in basically the same fashion as was described in previously published instruction "Fabric 8" with very little modifications. Inflate two balloons leaving about three-inch flat tail (Pic 1). 

In this example I want to make about four inch wide spring box. So, twist the first blue about four-inch bubble. Lock the nozzle of the pink balloon with the free end of the blue bubble. Twist the first pink about four-inch bubble (Pic 2).

Now we are going to make the corner bubbles. Later, we can use the corner bubbles to attach the box spring to the frame. Twist the second soft about one-inch pink bubble (Pic 3).

Lock both ends of the second pink bubble in one lock twist. Twist the second soft about one-inch blue bubble. Lock both ends of the second blue bubble in one lock twist (Pic 4).

Twist the third one-inch bubbles. Twist the fourth blue four-inch bubble (Pic 5).

Lock the free end of the fourth blue bubble with the free end of the third pink bubble. Twist the fourth pink four-inch bubble (Pic 6).

Lock the free end of the fourth pink bubble between the third and the fourth blue bubbles. The sculpture looks the same on both sides (Pic 7 and 8).


Twist the rest of the sculpture in the same fashion. We can make it any length. In this example I made five rows (it is about nine-inch). Also, we can make different color patterns. Most importantly, we have to twist corner bubbles at the end of the sculpture (Pic 9 and 10).


Cut off the rest of the balloons and tie off the ends (Pic 11). We have made the box spring.

Now we are going to make the frame. We are going to make this part in similar way as described above or probably even more similar way as in previously published instruction "Cake". Inflate four balloons leaving about one-inch flat tail (Pic 12).

The first bubble we twist to make the leg. It could be any length to fit your sculpture. In this example I twist it about four-inch. Twist the second soft about one-inch bubble (pic 13).

Lock both ends of the second bubble in one lock twist (Pic 14). Work all four balloons in this way.

Twist the third brown bubble of about the same four-inch size as we did the box spring (pic 15).

Lock the free end of the third brown bubble with the second purple bubble (pic 16).

Twist the third purple bubble of about the same nine-inch size as we did the length of the box spring (Pic 17).

Lock the free end of the third purple bubble with the second gray bubble (pic 18).

Twist the third gray about four-inch bubble (pic 19).

Lock the free end of the third gray bubble with the second blue bubble (pic 20).

Twist the third blue about nine-inch bubble. Lock the free end of the third blue bubble with the second brown bubble (pic 21). OK. Basically, we have made the frame. We can attach the box spring inside of the frame (lock the corner bubbles of the box spring with the second bubbles of the frame) and cut off the rest of the balloon to make a table. Also, we can use the rest of the balloons to make the back and the arms of the chair. Let's continue our work to make the cradle.

We are going to work all four balloons in the same fashion. Twist the fourth about one-inch bubbles. Twist the fifth soft about one-inch bubbles. Lock both ends of each fourth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 22).

In this example I work all balloons in the same direction. So, now we twist the sixth gray and brown about nine-inch bubbles. And we twist the sixth purple and blue about four-inch bubbles. Lock the free ends of all four bubbles with the corresponding fifth bubbles (pic 23). We have made the second row.

Work in the same fashion to make the third row (Pic 24 through 26).



Working in this fashion we can make as many rows as we want. I think that three rows is enough for this size cradle. So, I am going to stop here. We can use the rest of the balloons to decorate the top row. One of the simplest way is to twist the seventh longer bubble than we use for the side of the frame. In this example I cut off rest of the three balloons and twist the seventh purple about six-inch bubble (pic 27).

Lock the free end of the seventh purple bubble with the fifth blue bubble. Cut off the rest of the purple balloon and tie off the end (pic 28). We have made the frame.

Attach the box spring inside of the frame. We can lock the corner bubbles of the box spring with the bubbles of the frame. Or just force the box spring inside of the frame. If you made the right sizes than the friction will hold the box spring firmly in place. We can fix the box spring in level with the top row of the frame (pic 29).

Or we can fix the box spring in level with the bottom row of the frame (pic 30 and 31).


We can make a number of dolls fit nicely inside of the cradle. My three years old boy prefers a Spider-man. So, here is an example of what he calls Spider-baby (Pic 32). Basically this sculpture is mix of two or may be three sculptures that I have previously described Spider-man, Body 6 Muscle and Doll. I may publish instruction on how to make this sculpture some time in future.

We can place the baby in different positions inside of the cradle (Pic 33 through 35). Have fun and happy twisting :)


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