Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Balloon flower. How to make one balloon flower






Materials: balloons, air pump.
My YouTube friend Megalex Zaragoza shared design of one balloon flower on his YouTube channel. I love it. There is an example of similar flower (Pic 1). Please note that the first bubble - the center part of the flower blossom is made with tulip twist. There are a couple ways to make simpler this balloon sculpture, without the tulip twist. And that is what I want to share with you in this instruction.

Inflate appropriate color balloon leaving about 3-7 inches flat tail (Pic 2). 

Twist the first soft about two inches long bubble. Lock both ends of the first bubble in one lock twist (Pic 3). We have made the center of the flower. The rest of the sculpture we work in the same way as described by Megalex in his instructions.

Twist the second and the third bubbles about two inches long. Then twist a chain of the next five (the third through the eighth) bubbles. Make them each of about one - no more than two inches long (Pic 4). Making smaller size bubbles is better to keep the center part (the first bubble) of the blossom in fixed position.

Lock both ends of the chain of the last five (the 4th through the 8th) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 5).

Force the first bubble through the loop of the chain of the last five (the 4th through the 8th) bubbles (Pic 6 through 8). We have made the blossom.



Now we have to make the stem with leaves. The size of the stem and the leaves could be different. In this example I twist the ninth about three inches long bubble. Then twist the 10th and the 11th soft about four inches long bubbles (Pic 9).

Lock all ends of the 10th and the 11th bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 10 and 11). We have made the stem with two leaves. 


The rest of the balloon is the 12th bubble. You could leave it as it is. Shape the stem as you like. Or if you have long flat tail at the end of the balloon, then you can split the 12th bubble on two bubbles to make funny tail (Pic 12). Congratulations, you have made one balloon flower.

Here you can compare both flowers (Pic 13). The original flower is made with tulip twist.

There is another way to make this sculpture without making the tulip twist. In this example we are going to twist all bubbles starting from the opposite end of the balloon. Inflate balloon starting from the opposite end of the balloon (Pic 14).

Leave about 5-6 inches flat tail at the nozzle end of the balloon (Pic 15).

Twist the 1st about 2 inches bubble at the round end of the balloon. It is the center of the blossom. The rest of the flower we work in the same way as described above. Twist the 2nd and the 3rd about 2-3 inches bubbles. Then we twist a chain of five (the 4th through the 8th) bubbles of about 1-2 inches each (Pic 16).

Lock both ends of the chain of the last five (the 4th through the 8th) bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 17).

Force the 1st bubble through the loop of the last five (the 4th through the 8th) bubbles (Pic 18 through 20).



Twist the 9th about 3 inches bubble. Twist the 10th and the 11th soft about 3-4 inches bubbles (Pic 21).

Lock all ends of the 10th and the 11th bubbles in one lock twist (Pic 22).

You can make funny tail if you have long enough flat tail at the end of the balloon. Just split the last bubble on two bubbles and force the last bubble to the very end of the balloon (Pic 23 and 24). You can give the stem different shapes. Congratulations again, you have made one balloon flower.


Flowers looks better in bouquet. Once again I want to say thanks to Megalex Zaragoza for sharing this and many other designs. Have fun and happy twisting :)

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