Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Balloon shotgun

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Materials: two balloons, scissors and an air pump.
This instruction was prompted by couple of recent articles that I have read about wars, deaths and weapons. It really surprised me that there is not a single international rule that actually regulate international arms sales. So, now I am not surprised that enemy use our weapon to kill our solders. It's very sad. There are ways to change it. Group of Nobel Peace Laureates led by Oscar Arias, signed a petition called "Arms Trade Treaty" and submitted it to UN (click here to read wiki article). This work is in slow progress since 2003! Weapons don't make our world happier, balloons do. Let's make balloons. Art for piece.
We are going to use two balloons to make a sculpture of gun (in very general meaning). It can be modified to make different guns: pistols, riffles, shotguns. Basically, all you have to do is change the size of the barrel and the shape of the handle. Inflate the first (gray, silver or black) balloon leaving about five-inch flat tail to make the barrel (Pic 1).

Let's use a tulip twist to make it look more like a barrel. Twist the first soft very small about thumb nail size bubble (Pic 2).

Force the first bubble inside of the balloon and twist the second about three-inch bubble (Pic 3). We have made the tulip twist (Pic 3 and 4).


Twist a chain of the next two (the third and the fourth) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 5).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the third and the fourth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 6).

Lock all ends of the third and the fourth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 7).

Inflate the second (brown) balloon leaving about three-inch flat tail to make the handle (Pic 8).

Twist a chain of the first two (the first and the second) soft about one-inch bubbles (Pic 9).

Lock all ends of the first two (the first and the second) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 10).

Twist the fifth gray about seven-inch bubble (Pic 11).

Lock the free end of the fifth gray bubble between the first and the second brown bubbles (Pic 12).

Twist the third brown about thumb nail size bubble (Pic 13).

Twist the fourth brown soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 14).

Lock both ends of the fourth brown bubble in one lock twist (Pic 15).

Twist the fifth brown about four-inch bubble. Twist the sixth brown soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 16).

Lock both ends of the sixth brown bubble in one lock twist (Pic 17).

Twist the seventh browns about thumb nail size bubble. Twist the sixth gray about four-inch bubble (pic 18).

Lock the free end of the sixth gray bubble with the free end of the seventh brown bubble (Pic 19).

Twist the eighth brown about thumb nail size bubble (Pic 20).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the seventh and the eighth) brown bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 21).

Twist the seventh gray soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 22).

Lock both ends of the seventh gray bubble in one lock twist (Pic 23). We can cut off the rest of the gray balloon. 

Or we can use it to make a trigger. Force the gray balloon between two (the sixth and the seventh) brown bubbles (Pic 24).

Twist the seventh (gray) soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 25).

Cut off the rest of the gray balloon and tie off the end (Pic 26). We have made the trigger.

Use the rest of the brown balloon to make the handle. There are many variations of the handle. We can attach the end of the brown balloon from the bottom of the gun (Pic 27).

Also we can attach the end of the brown balloon from the top of the gun (pic 28).

Twist the ninth brown bubble of appropriate size to make the handle (Pic 29).

Lock the free end of the ninth brown bubble with the sixth gray bubble (Pic 30).

Cut off the rest of the brown balloon and tie off the end. Shape the ninth brown bubble to make the handle. Congratulations, you have made the gun (Pic 31).

Also, you can make very simple handle (Pic 32). Just, measure the size of the ninth brown bubble as you like. Cut off the rest of the brown balloon and tie off the end. Shape the handle. Have fun and happy twisting :)
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