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 Post subject: Re: Model of the Month Sept 2012, (Elephant)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:14 am 
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The Elephant instructions.

We will start off with quickly explaining the six petal flower concept for the base. Inflate the 260 leaving 3 fingers un-inflated, push the air to the end of the balloon and tie off. Pushing the air along makes for a nice soft balloon as you are going to put 7 more twists into this balloon. Find the centre of the balloon and twist in half, then you will need to divide the balloon into three, I find visually looking at and sliding your fingers along the balloon help while thinking thirds. The more you make the easier this becomes.

You then make an "S" twist with the three equally divided portions of the balloon, I have put a clear 260 inside just to keep the balloon in place for the photo.


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 Post subject: Re: Model of the Month Sept 2012, (Elephant)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:19 am 
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Once the balloon looks a little like a rugby shaped ball you have to push both sides (where the balloon is already twisted) together and twist one half of the balloon clockwise and the other half anti clockwise.
For the photo I tied the ends together so where the clear balloon is tied into these ends come together, If you have never made a six petal flower then start by using a 160 and make a few, then progress to the 260 version.
If you find this difficult you could just make a 5 petal flower base and do each fold twist loop individually from the 260, but go on keep trying you CAN do it!


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 Post subject: Re: Model of the Month Sept 2012, (Elephant)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:05 am 
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The body of the Elephant I used a 5" round with a raisin twist inside, you could use a 5/6 twist body made from a 260. Tie a couple of knots on a 260 scrap and put inside the 5" round balloon.
Inflate the 5" round a little on the soft side and then find the scrap of 260 inside at the other end of the balloon and hold onto it through the balloon. Take another piece of scrap and tie this around the scrap of 260 that is inside the round balloon. There are some more instructions on this here that may help. raisin-twist-t1096.html

I like to have the knot off centre from the horizontal, then I can move the round balloon either up or down so either more of the balloon is sitting between the Elephants legs or less of the balloon depending on how you like the look of your Elephant. This way you have a choice, if you tie it exactly central then it will look the same either way.

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 Post subject: Re: Model of the Month Sept 2012, (Elephant)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:27 am 
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Take a 260 and leave 7 fingers un-inflated, make a 2 finger pinch twist, (Middle of face) then a 3 finger bubble and a 1 finger pinch twist (Top of head)
Make another 3 finger bubble and twist this around the first 2 finger pinch twist.


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 Post subject: Re: Model of the Month Sept 2012, (Elephant)
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You now have to make two very soft 3 finger fold/pinch twists for the Elephants cheek's, these both twist into the 2 finger pinch twist. Then make another 3 finger bubble and wrap around the small 1 finger pinch twist at the top of his head and then the last 3 finger bubble and twist around the 2 finger pinch twist. You should have four 3 finger bubbles, two for the Elephants eyes and two for the back of his head.


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 Post subject: Re: Model of the Month Sept 2012, (Elephant)
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You need a very small neck, maybe just a 1 finger bubble and then I find that three 2 finger pinch twists are best so the head sits securely to the round body and legs.
You may find two better, I like three, the choice is yours.

Tie the round balloon tightly around the three 2 finger pinch twists.


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 Post subject: Re: Model of the Month Sept 2012, (Elephant)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:48 am 
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Inflate another 260 and leave 5 fingers un-inflated, twist the end of this 260 into the three 2 finger pinch twists and twist a 4/5 finger bubble for one of the Elephants front legs,
twist this into the six petal flower base balloon. Make another 4/5 finger bubble for one of the back legs and then a 2 finger pinch twist.
Attach the raisen twist from the round balloon into the pinch twist and then make the second 4/5 finger bubble for the second rear leg and twist this around the flower base.


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 Post subject: Re: Model of the Month Sept 2012, (Elephant)
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Then twist the last 4/5 finger bubble for the other front leg and twist into the three 2 finger pinch twists at the front. The rest of this balloon can make the tail with a 1 or 2 finger bubble.
Inflate a 160 leaving 3 fingers un-inflated, you can either attach into the flower base or make a tulip/apple twist as in version two at the end of the instructions.

If attaching to the base, measure the 160 to the attachment point underneath the 2 finger pinch twist and add on another 2 fingers and twist the 160 around the pinch twist,
on mine the trunk 8 fingers long.


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 Post subject: Re: Model of the Month Sept 2012, (Elephant)
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Place the 160 around the outside of the side of the head, the four 3 finger bubbles make this easy for the 160 to fit into and twist into the pinch twist at the top of the head,
move the 160 down the other side of the face and twist into the 2 finger pinch twist again.

You should be able to push the rest of the air along the 160 to make it softer and tie the end of the 160 also into the pinch twist.


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 Post subject: Re: Model of the Month Sept 2012, (Elephant)
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Find the centre of the remainder of the 160 and twist around the top of the head pinch twist. Shape the 160 with shock/friction twists, warming the section you want to reshape will also work.
I slightly bring the 160 down either side of the face with a pressure fit for a more pleasing look, in my opinion, we are all different. As in the second photo.


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