Friday, March 1, 2013

Balloon Pumbaa. Balloon Timon

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Materials: balloons, scissors, permanent marker, correction liquid and an air pump.
A couple weeks ago my YouTube friend murali7263ask me to make instructions for Timon and Pumbaa. I have never done sculptures of this two particular cartoon characters. It reminds me of time when I used to work as a balloon twister on streets. People ask to make sculptures of things that I've never heard of. My usual answer in this situation was to admit that I don't know what it is, though I could make it if you describe it to me. And again, we can use balloons to make literally almost every thing that we see. It is just matter of time and amount of balloons. My approach as always is to use the least possible number of balloons. Let's describe Pumbaa. It is a pig or wild boar, brown color, with four legs and two fangs. Taking this description as the starting point I would rather go with previously published instruction of PigOf course we can make some modifications like: use brown or yellow balloon for the sculpture, twist very small bubbles to represent feet, add slightly inflated white or clear balloon to make the fangs and use black permanent marker to draw the face (Pic 1 through 4).




Back days, I include the pig sculpture in list of first 15 instructions mainly to show the tulip twistThe pig can be done without the tulip twistInflate brown balloon leaving about eight-inch flat tail (Pic 5).

Twist the first soft about one-inch bubble. Lock both ends of the first bubble in one lock twist (Pic 6). We have made the nose/ snout of the pig.

Twist a chain of the next eight  bubbles to make the head. Twist the second about one-inch bubble. Twist the third about one-inch bubble. Twist the fourth about two-inch bubble. Twist the fifth soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the sixth about two-inch bubble. Twist the seventh soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the eighth about two-inch bubble (Pic 7).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last five (the fourth through the eighth) bubble in one lock twist (Pic 8).

Force the chain of the first two (the first and the second) bubbles through the loop of the last five (the fourth through the eighth) bubbles (Pic 9 and 10).


Lock both ends of the fifth bubble in one lock twist. Lock both ends of the seventh bubble in one lock twist (Pic 11 and 12). We have made the head.


The next five bubbles we twist to make the front legs. Twist the ninth about two-inch bubble. Twist the tenth soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the eleventh about one-inch bubble. Later we are going to pop eleventh bubble. Twist the twelfth soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the thirteenth about two-inch bubble (Pic 13).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last five (the ninth through the thirteenth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 14).

Lock both ends of the tenth bubble in one lock twist. Lock both ends of the twelfth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 15). We have made the legs.

Twist the fourteenth about two-inch bubble. The next four bubbles we twist to make the rear legs. Also, you can twist an additional pop up bubble between rear legs as we did it with the front legs. Twist the fifteenth about two-inch bubble. Twist the sixteenth soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the seventeenth soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the eighteenth about two-inch bubble (pic 16).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last four (the fifteenth through the eighteenth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 17). We have made the rear legs.

Twist the nineteenth about two-inch bubble. Lock both ends of the chain of the last six (the fourteenth through the nineteenth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 18).

Twist the twentieth about two-inch bubble. Make sure there is at least one-inch bubble at the end of the balloon. It is the twenty first bubble (Pic 19).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last two (the nineteenth and the twentieth) bubble in one lock twist (Pic 20 and 21). We have made the body. The rest of the balloon is the tail. You can leave it as it is if it looks good. Or you can lock both ends of the twenty first bubble in one lock twist.


We have made the pig (Pic 22).

Slightly inflate a clear or white balloon. Tie off about three-inch piece (Pic 23).

Cut off the rest of the balloon (Pic 24). We are going to use this piece to make two fangs.

Force the middle of the piece of clear balloon between the first and the second brown bubbles. Use a permanent black marker to draw the face (Pic 25 through 28).




Pop the eleventh bubble to split the front legs (Pic 29 through 31). Congratulations, we have made the pig or the Pumbaa. Well, there are ways to make Pumbaa with more details using more balloons. Also, I think that making just a big size head of Pumbaa and use it as a hat is a very good option to save time and balloons. Making the hat could be as simple as attaching ears and snout to basic three fold hat. May be in some of the future instructions we try to make it.



I've got really confused trying to get description of Timon. What kind of animal is it? Some kind of rat? Some thing that looks like a squirrel? So far, I can only suggest a sculpture with a couple balloons. Inflate a brown or yellow balloon leaving about four-inch flat tail to make the head and arms. Twist the first soft about one-inch bubble  (Pic 32).

Lock both ends of the first bubble in one lock twist (Pic 33). We have made the nose.

Twist the second about two-inch bubble. Twist the third soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the fourth about two-inch bubble. Twist the fifth soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the sixth about two-inch bubble. Twist the seventh soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the eighth about two-inch bubble (Pic 34).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last seven (the second through the eighth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 35).

Lock both ends of the third bubble in one lock twist. We have made the first ear. Lock both ends of the fifth bubble in one lock twist. We have made forelock. Lock both ends of the seventh bubble in one lock twist. We have made the second ear (Pic 36).

Twist the ninth about two-inch bubble (Pic 37).

Lock the free end of the ninth bubble with the fifth bubble. Fix the free end of the rest of the balloon between the fourth and the sixth bubble on the opposite side of the sculpture against the ninth bubble (Pic 38 through 40). We have made the head.



Twist the tenth about three-inch bubble to make the neck. The next five bubbles we twist to make the arms. Twist the eleventh about seven-inch bubble. Twist the twelfth soft about one-inch bubble.Twist the thirteenth about one-inch bubble. Later we may use the thirteenth bubble as a pop up bubble to split the arms apart. Twist the fourteenth soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the fifteenth about seven-inch bubble (Pic 41).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last five (the eleventh through the fifteenth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 42). Also, I have sixteenth about one-inch bubble at the very end of the balloon. Lock both ends of the sixteenth bubble in one lock twist. The sixteenth bubble keeps the neck bubble in fixed position.

Lock both ends of the twelfth bubble in one lock twist. Lock both ends of the fourteenth bubble in one lock twist (Pic 43).

Fix all bubbles in proper positions (Pic 44 through 46). We have made the head and the arms.



Inflate the second brown or yellow balloon leaving about four-inch flat tail to make the body, legs and the tail (Pic 47).

Twist the first soft about one-inch bubble (Pic 48),

Lock both ends of the first bubble in one lock twist (Pic 49). This bubble helps to keep the neck in fixed position. 

Twist the second about ten-inch bubble to make the body. The next six bubbles we twist to make the legs. Twist the third about three-inch bubble. Twist the fourth soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the fifth about two-inch bubble. Twist the sixth about two-inch bubble. Twist the seventh soft about one-inch bubble. Twist the eighth about three-inch bubble (Pic 50).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last six (the third through the eighth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 51).

Lock both ends of the fourth bubble in one lock twist. Lock both ends of the seventh bubble in one lock twist (Pic 52).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last three (the sixth through the eighth) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 53). We have made the legs. The rest of the balloon is the tail.

Attach the body to the head. Lock the first bubble of the second balloon between the arms and the neck bubbles of the first balloon (Pic 54 through 57). Fix all bubbles in proper positions. Force the body bubble half way through the loop of the arm bubbles.




The sculpture looks better with eyes. Use white balloon to make two soft about one-inch bubbles. Lock all ends of the white bubbles in one lock twist. Cut off the rest of the white balloon. We have made the eye bubbles (Pic 58).

Force and fix the eye bubbles between bubbles of the head. Use the permanent black marker to draw the eyes, nose, ears, forelock, hands, feet, stripe on the back and end of the tail. Use correction liquid to draw the chest. Congratulations, we have made Timon (Pic 59 through 64).






Let's put two sculptures next to each other (Pic 65 through 67). Yeah, I know, the real Timon should be smaller than Pambaa. Again, this is simple version of Timon. We can add white bubble for the body. We can use black bubbles to make nose, ears, and forelock. Do you have suggestions on how to make Timon and Pambaa? Let's hear it in comments. Have fun and happy twisting :)


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