Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wedding rings of balloons. Anillos de boda de los globos





Supplies: balloons, an air pump and scissors.

In a previous instruction we have made a balloon hoop or a balloon wreath or a balloon ring. Interlacing two rings of this size would make a nice decoration for wedding party! I am going to show in this instruction one of many possible ways  to make wedding rings out of balloons using this technique. Other variations I will cover in separate instructions. It's a large size sculpture - plan your time accordingly. Let's start by making one ring of desirable size. I use the same ring from previous instruction (Pic 1).

Take a close look at the ring. There are two types of connection between pairs of bubbles: visible and hidden under bubbles of the other row. I am going to attach a new pair of balloons to the visible connection - one balloon at a time (Pic 2 and 3).


You have to attach the second balloon to the same spot from the other side of the sculpture (Pic 4). There will be one bubble of the ring across between two new balloons.

Tie nozzles of another pair of balloons in one knot (Pic 5).

Place this pair of balloons across between the first pair of balloons (Pic 6). I am going to make the ring out of two parts. We can make rings of different sizes. I want to make both rings of about the same size in this example. I made the first ring of a chain of 18 bubbles in each row. The second rings should be of the same size. First I will make the small part of the second ring - this part is located inside of the first ring. I want to make it about 5 - 7 bubbles long. It's easier for me to figure out the exact size when I make a chain of some bubbles.

Twist all bubbles of the same size and in the same way as we did the first ring. Hold the first pair of balloons in one hand and twist the first pair of bubbles and lock them in one move (Pic 7).

Take the second pair of balloons in one hand (Pic 8).

Twist and lock a pair of bubbles in one move (Pic 9). 

Work in this way to make as many bubbles as you need to make this part of the second ring. In this example I make it five pairs of bubbles long (for each pair of balloons) (Pic 10).

It looks like long enough for this part of the ring. Cut off rest parts of the second pair of balloon and tie off the ends (Pic 11). We started by attaching the first pair of balloons to the first ring, and we have to finish in the same way. Therefore, we use the first pair of balloons to make one more pair of bubbles - making this row 6 bubbles long.

Twist the last (the sixth) bubbles of the first pair of balloons - this separately! We will lock them one by one to the first ring. Cut off the rest parts of the first pair of balloons and tie each end separately (Pic 12).

Find the visible connection point between bubbles of the first ring - it's six bubbles away from the first point where we attached the second ring. Tie the end of one of the last bubbles of the second ring at this point (Pic 13).

Tie the end of the other last bubble of the second ring to the same point but from the other side of the sculpture (Pic 14).

We have attached the small part of the second ring inside of the first ring (Pic 15).

Now we are going to make the large part of the second ring. We have to do it in exactly the same way as we did the short part - number of bubbles is the only difference. First we have to attach a new pair of balloons to the same point where we attached the small part of the second ring -  one balloon at a time (Pic 16 and 17). Make sure to attach balloons on opposite sides of the sculpture.


Tie nozzles of the next pair of balloons in one knot and place it between the first pair of balloons (Pic 18).

Twist and lock first pair of bubbles of the first pair of balloons (Pic 19).

Then twist and lock the first pair of bubbles of the second pair of balloons (Pic 20 - 23).




Work in this fashion to the ends of balloons. I made eight bubbles using each balloon in this example (Pic 24).

Now I have to attach new pairs of balloons to make the rest of the sculpture. Tie a pair of balloons to the last pair of bubbles. Cut of the rest parts of the first pair of balloons and tie of the ends (Pic 25).

Make the last pair of bubbles of the second pair of balloons (Pic 26).

Attach a new pair of balloons to the end of the sculpture (Pic 27).

Cut off the rest parts of the second pair of balloons and tie off the ends (Pic 28 and 29).


Work new pair of balloons to make as many bubbles as you need to make the rest part of the sculpture (Pic 30). I have made 11 pairs of bubbles in each row for this part of the ring.

Cut off the rest parts of the second pair of balloons and tie off the ends (Pic 31).

Now we have to make the last bubbles of the first pair of balloons (Pic 32).

Make one bubble at a time. Twist the bubble (Pic 33).

Cut off the rest part of the balloon and tie off the end (Pic 34).

Twist the last bubble (Pic 35).

Cut off the rest part of the balloon and tie off the end (Pic 36).

Attach the ends to complete the ring (Pic 37).

Trim off or hide ends of balloons between bubbles of the sculpture. Congratulations! You have made wedding balloon rings (Pic 38 - 40).



In this example I used clear sticky tape to attach the sculpture to the wall. Have fun and happy twisting :)

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