Friday, March 1, 2013

Balloon lollipop

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Materials: balloon and an air pump.
This instruction is prompted by candy request of Eric, my three years old son. Choose whatever color you like. I think that bright clear balloons look the best for this purpose. There are different ways to make a sculpture of lollipop. Inflate balloon leaving about one-inch flat tail (Pic 1).

Twist the chain of two (the first and the second) soft one-inch bubbles (Pic 2).

Lock both ends of the first two (the first and the second) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 3). This two bubbles help to fix the lollipop in proper position.

Twist the third soft about five-inch bubble (Pic 4).

Lock both ends of the third bubble in one lock twist (Pic 5). There should be not any hole inside of the loop of the third bubble.

Stretch and roll the balloon around and very close to the third bubble to measure the size of the fourth bubble (Pic 6). The fourth bubble should be long enough to make circle around the third bubble. Hold the balloon at the spot where you are going to twist the fourth bubble.

Twist the fourth bubble (Pic 7).

Lock both ends of the fourth bubble in one lock twist (pic 8).

Force the third bubble inside of the loop of the fourth bubble (Pic 9).

Stretch and roll the balloon around and very close to the fourth bubble to measure the size of the fifth bubble (Pic 6). The fifth bubble should be long enough to make circle around the fourth bubble. Hold the balloon at the spot where you are going to twist the fifth bubble. Twist the fifth bubble (pic 10).

Lock both ends of the fifth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 11). The rest of the balloon is the sixth bubble. It is the handle.

Force the fourth bubble inside of the loop of the fifth bubble (pic 12 and 13). Fix all bubbles in proper positions. Congratulations, we have made the lollipop.


Here is another way to make a sculpture of lollipop. Inflate balloon leaving about one-inch flat tail. Twist the first bubble leaving about seven-inch bubble at the end of the balloon (Pic 14).

Twist the second and the third soft about one-inch bubbles. The rest of the sculpture is the fourth bubble. The fourth bubble is the handle (Pic 15).

Lock both ends of the second and the third bubbles in one lock twist. Fold and roll the first bubble starting from the nozzle. Stretch and roll the first bubble very close as your roll it around (Pic 16). Hold the first bubble at the spot where it comes to the second (or the third) bubble. That is the spot where you are going to split the first bubble to make the fifth bubble.

Twist the fifth bubble (Pic 17).

Roll the first and the fifth bubble again in the same fashion, starting from the nozzle, just to check if you got the right size fifth bubble (Pic 18).

Lock both ends of the fifth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 19).

Roll the first bubble again, very closely starting from the nozzle (Pic 20).

Force the roll of the first bubble inside of the loop of the fifth bubble. Fix all bubbles in proper positions (Pic 21). Congratulations, we have made the lollipop. In one of the previously published instructions we work in the same fashion to make a snail.

Balloon lollipops have zero calories, zero cholesterol, and NOT eatable. Also, we can use this sculpture as hand fan, decorations or as part of larger sculptures (for example as eyes or ears).

Here is an example of the same sculpture with one more (yellow) bubble (Pic 23). Have fun and happy twisting :)

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