Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

 

Materials Needed:

 

Step 1:

Armature

Inflate a balloon and balance it inside a small plastic cup on a table top.

Hot Air Balloon

 

Step 2:

Rigid Wrap

Cut 1”- 2” strips of the Rigid Wrap. Dip each strip into warm water and layer each one on top of the balloon. Gently smooth the plaster on the strips with finger tips. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying additional coats. Apply several coats as needed.

Hot Air Balloon

 

Hot Air Balloon

 

Hot Air Balloon

 

Step 3:

Smooth

Attach the cup onto the bottom of the Rigid Wrapped balloon using a hot glue gun. Cover the cup with Rigid Wrap. Add additional plaster where needed to achieve a smooth surface.

Hot Air Balloon

 

Step 4:

Cube

Measure out the dimensions desired for a small cube to be used as the balloon’s basket. Cut out the shape using a utility knife. Score the sides of the bottom square and fold the cardboard into the cube form. Secure the sides by gluing them in place.

Hot Air Balloon

 

Hot Air Balloon

 

Hot Air Balloon

 

Hot Air Balloon

 

Step 5:

Ballon Ropes

Attach four strings to each corner of the cube. Then attach each string to the bottom of the balloon form using masking tape.

Hot Air Balloon

 

Hot Air Balloon

 

Step 6:

Hanging

Insert a C-Hook into the top of the balloon and secure in place with hot glue.

Hot Air Balloon

 

Step 7:

Balloon Design

Choose a design for the balloon. Designs may be drawn, painted or decoupaged onto the Riged Wrapped surface. Apply a gloss sealant like Mod Podge over the design when finished to give the ballon a shiny surface.

Hot Air Balloon

 

Step 8:

Basket

Apply burlap to the cardboard cube using liquid glue. Paint the burlap a natural fiber color to resemble a wicker basket.

Hot Air Balloon

 

Step 9:

Hang

Hang up the balloon and allow the sculpture to completely dry. Once dry it is ready to be displayed.

Hot Air Balloon
Bert Sabourin
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