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March Competition (Koala Bear)
« on: March 01, 2017, 06:23:16 PM »
We have gone with the Koala Bear for the model of the month for March.

Complimentary balloon packs will go out with all orders so you can make the design up.
If you post your entry here on the forum then you will go into the random name selector at
the end of the month to win a Balloon Modelling DVD.

I will post the step by step instructions ASAP.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2017, 04:30:50 PM »
This is what you will receive in your complimentary balloon bags
to make the Koala Bear plus.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2017, 04:38:30 PM »
Inflate the first 260 grey leaving approx. 7 fingers un-inflated.
Make a 4 finger bubble and a 1.5 finger pinch twist.

Then make a 1.5 finger bubble and a short 3 finger bubble,
wrap this second twist around the pinch twist to form the first ear.

The pinch twist will sit in between the two bubbles but this can be done later.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2017, 04:40:05 PM »
You then need a 4 finger bubble for the top of the head.

Then a 1.5 finger pinch twist and another 1.5 finger bubble and a short 3 finger bubble for the other ear.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2017, 04:42:02 PM »
Twist another 4 finger bubble for the other side of the face.
Tie the knot securely a couple of times around this twist.

It's then onto the arms and legs, you will need two 4 finger bubbles
followed by a 1.5 finger pinch twist.

Then make two more 4 finger bubbles for the other side of the koala.

Deflate the rest of the balloon and discard.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2017, 04:45:36 PM »
Inflate the second grey 260 leaving 6 fingers un-inflated and
attach and the bottom of the face and top of the body section.

Make between a 4.5 and 5 finger bubble and twist into the first ear,
make another 4.5 to 5 finger bubble and attach to the second ear.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2017, 04:48:01 PM »
Make one more 4.5 to 5 finger bubble and twist into the section you attached the second 260 into.

I like to have the rear head bubbles slightly larger than the front for a more 3D overall effect.

For the body we need a 5 finger bubble twisted into the bottom body pinch twist.
Then make another 5 finger bubble back up to the neck section of the koala.

The pinch twist for the neck/mouth section is between a 2/3 finger pinch twist.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2017, 04:51:14 PM »
You then need another 5 finger bubble twisted into the bottom pinch twist.
Then make a 6 finger bubble and twist back into the neck section.

I like to push the bubble in at the bottom section so the top of this 6 finger
bubble helps to push the back of the head up so it sits squarely .
If you do not do this the head will tilt backwards, I prefer this to using a pinch
twist at the back of the head. It makes the design a little smoother and more flowing.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2017, 04:55:34 PM »
I use a 350 for the nose to give it more definition, I'm sure a 260 would work
but the nose is a major feature of a Koala so I went with the 350.

Inflate the 350 to approx. 3 fingers inflated, cut off excess from the 350 leaving 3 fingers.
This ties into the pinch twist as well but you need the knot to be at the top of the nose
section as the eyes will fit under this un-inflated section of the 350

The Ivory for the eyes is also a 3 finger inflated bubble tied at both ends.
You could use white but I like the look of the Ivory.

Twist the 350 Black securely into the pinch twist.

The top of the nose sits forward at the moment but will be pulled
back once the eyes are added to the design.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2017, 04:59:05 PM »
Split the 3 finger bubble in half and insert one bubble under the un-inflated black 350 at the top of the nose.
I like to the twist these two bubbles around to secure over the un-inflated 350.

Tie the ends of the eyes tightly into the each ear pushing the eye back
as you do so it fits tightly and snugly in position.

Draw on your eyes.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2017, 05:05:31 PM »
If you wanted to add the branch and leaves inflate a 160 mocha approx. half way.

make three 1 finger pinch twists at various points along the 160,
I also have one twisted section so the double leaf will fit.
At the end make two 1 finger pinch twists, deflate the rest of the balloon
at the tip so you can wrap the un-inflated 160 back up the inflated 160 to give
a little distortion and roughness to the branch.

With the lime 160 make three 2 finger fold twists and a figure of eight.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2017, 05:06:08 PM »
Twist the leaves into the branch and cut off the excess balloon.

Hopefully your koala plus will look a little like the one here.
Good luck and if you do make it then please post your effort here, thanks.
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2017, 06:35:30 PM »
Here is mine if I can work out how to upload it
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2017, 05:50:10 PM »
excellent koala design
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Re: March Competition (Koala Bear)
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2017, 10:37:28 AM »
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