Jul 16

Simple Bike

Bike

Bike

Here is a very simple bike to make out of just 1 balloon, I made it recently as part of a challenge on a balloon forum. The balloon I used was a 160 and its fairly simple to make.

This Thursday the 17th July I am hosting the Portsmouth Balloon Jam, it is taking place from 7:30pm until 10pm In Portsmouth, if you would like to attend please send me an email at robbieaibm@gmail.com

We will be having 2 workshops, firstly William from Irish Twist Balloons is going to be teaching us his rather cool snake and then David is going to be teaching us his awesome Darth Vader. If we have time I will teach you all my simple Tortoise/Turtle as well.

All balloonists are welcome to attend, please bring along a selection of 260 balloons, you will need some black 260s for the Darth Vader. There is a cost of £2 to cover the cost of the room, tea, coffee and cake will be available and you are welcome to bring your own drinks as there is no bar at the venue.

 

Join the facebook group for more details - https://www.facebook.com/groups/PortsmouthBalloonJam/

That is all for now folks, see you soon.

Jul 04

A Handy Balloon

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Its been a few weeks since I posted anything, I have had a busy few weeks here but hope to post a few more balloons in the coming weeks. I made this hand as part of a challenge recently, you can check out that challenge here. I think I used 4 balloons to create this hand and it is actually pretty simple to do, you just need to get the dimension correct.

I won a small competition recently at a balloon event, The competition was to make a sculpture themed to desert Islands or Hawaii and I made a scene and won (how exciting). I will show you the design in a future post, I will need to remake it as the original one has gone all limp so watch this space for that.

That’s all for now folks, see you soon.

Jun 12

Viking Warrior

2014-33 - VikingI recently went to the British Museum in London to see an exhibition all about vikings, it was amazing, I saw part of the largest long boat ever discovered and the famous Lewis chessmen along with lots of other weapons, clothing, jewelry and stonework from the viking age.  When I got home i got the urge to make my own viking out of balloons.

My viking is NOT historically correct, vikings did not have horns in their helmet however I thought he looked better with them, I have no idea how many balloons I used for him but it is well over 30 and a mixture of 160s, 260s and 360s, there is a black round balloon in there too, its hidden in the helmet . I used the Brian Asman head design to start with an then added on the hat and beard, then I worked my way down the body and added on the hands, feet and weapons last.

I am currently in the process of organising a balloon jam to take place in mid July, if you are interested in coming along then join the facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/PortsmouthBalloonJam/) or send me a message for details.

 

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Jun 08

We Have Lift Off

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5-4-3-2-1

Hey folks, well I have had a busy week as I was preparing for my own birthday party, I wanted to make a few balloons for the little get together I was having all on the theme of travel, the first balloon I came up with was this one, the space shuttle launch.

It took me a few attempts to get the main shuttle right, I came up with that design on the third attempt, once I had the shuttle was done it was easy to make and fix the main booster and side boosters onto the shuttle.

The Shuttle and boosters are made from 22 balloons, the base and flames are made from 15 balloons so in total there are 31 (if my maths is correct, its been a long weekend). I think this was my favourite of the 3 big sculptures I made, the other 2 were a hot air balloon and a ship and I forgot to get photos of those, booooo, never mind I will have to re-make them.

The base is weighted down with a sand weight which fits underneath the doughnut balloon and it holds the whole sculpture in place nicely.

Thanks to everyone who gave me birthday wishes, I received many from balloonists all over the world so thank you lots.

I have been asked a few times how I take my photos so I will show you all how I do that in a future post, I have had a few requests recently too so I will work on those as well, don’t forget if you have a request then let me know.

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Jun 05

Seahorse Table Centre

Seahorse and Friends

Seahorse and Friends

Here is another of the table centre pieces I made the the Portsmouth Magic Circle Annual Dinner,  This one features a seahorse, a little ray and a starfish at the bottom. I used about 20 balloons to make this sculpture and it stood around a metre tall.

After the dinner this seahorse ended up in a pre-school where all the children fell in love with him.

I am currently in the middle of making some balloons for my own birthday party, I am going to be 40 on Saturday 7th June (eek) so keep a watch next week when I will be sharing some of the sculptures I made for that.

I am a serial blogger and I am now coming to the end of my 40 day blog, It will end on June 6th, the day before my 40th Birthday and the subject matter is all ME ME ME (but then I am allowed as it IS my 40th), It officially started a couple of weeks ago but you can catch up on all the posts so far by going to - http://40thingsaboutrob.blogspot.co.uk/

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May 27

Koala Table Centre

Koala

Koala

I am continuing with the table centre pieces I made for the Portsmouth Magic Circle annual dinner earlier this month, this time its a Koala and her baby up a tree. I had the idea of doing the Koala very early on and had a design in mind for a koala which I used here, I simply changed the sizes of the balloons to create the different sized koalas, the big joala is mainly made from 350s and 260s where the little koala is mainly 160s.  The baby Koala would normally cling to the front of the mother but I didn’t have enough space so I moved it to the back

The tree is made from 3 x 260s which form the main trunk section, I then added in the 160s to create the extra thickness to the trunk and the branches and leaves. I was pretty pleased with how the tree turned out and I think I will be exploring this design more in the future.

 

I think in total I used about 25 balloons to make this sculpture, the leaves alone took 6 balloons. I weighted the sculpture using a double stuffed water filler balloon which you can’t see in the photo, it sits at the bottom of the green base, I double stuff that balloon to help prevent any leaks.

Last week I was in the Netherlands visiting the United Twisters, I had a really great time and hope to see them all again soon, they are all a lovely group of people and made me feel really welcome so thanks to them for making my visit such a good one. I will write about my trip to the Netherlands in a future post.

For those of you who know me I am a serial blogger and I have a new small blog happening at the moment, it is lasting for just 40 days, It will end the day before my 40th Birthday and the subject matter is all ME ME ME (but then I am allowed as it IS my 40th), It officially started a couple of weeks ago but you can catch up on all the posts so far by going to - http://40thingsaboutrob.blogspot.co.uk/

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May 15

Turtle Centre Piece

Turtle Reef

Turtle Reef

Here is another table centre piece I made for The Portsmouth Magic Circle Annual Dinner, today it is the turtle themed one. It features a mummy turtle and the baby with seaweed and bubbles galore.

The big turtle is made using a design by David Crofts who I saw lecture in March, I made a few changes to the design. The little turtle is made using my own design.

Just like the Nemo themed centre piece this sculpture used about 29-30 balloons in total and stands well over a meter high, I always try to make my table centre pieces quite high with a thin section towards the bottom/middle so that people can see their friends across the table and not have a huge clown fish blocking their view.

I am off to the Netherlands on Sunday and then on Monday I will be meeting up with lots of twisters from all across Europe to share some of my designs with them, I am really excited and am looking forward to meeting everyone.

For those of you who know me I am a serial blogger and I have a new small blog happening at the moment, it is lasting for just 40 days, It will end just before my 40th Birthday and the subject matter is all ME ME ME (but then I am allowed as it IS my 40th), It officially started a couple of weeks ago but you can catch up on all the posts so far by going to - http://40thingsaboutrob.blogspot.co.uk/

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May 13

Nemo and Marlin Table Centrepiece

Nemo and Marlin

Nemo and Marlin

I recently made the table decorations for the Portsmouth Magic Circle Annual Dinner, I am currently sharing some of the table centres I made for the event, here is my clown fish themed  table centre with Nemo and Marlin (and Pearl the starfish).

I have to thanks Mr Boma for the Nemo and Marlin design, he has an awesome YouTube video showing you how to make them, you can check it out here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER6HQ1Lo7dU&list=TLdU44lEMQ4QbDun9VHy8Y0VN2X4qrE1yp

This sculpture used about 29-30 balloons in total and stands well over a meter high, I always try to make my table centre pieces quite high with a thin section towards the bottom/middle so that people can see their friends across the table and not have a huge clown fish blocking their view.

I am off to the Netherlands on Sunday and then on Monday I will be meeting up with lots of twisters from all across Europe to share some of my designs with them, I am really excited and am looking forward to meeting everyone.

For those of you who know me I am a serial blogger and I have a new small blog happening at the moment, it is lasting for just 40 days, It will end just before my 40th Birthday and the subject matter is all ME ME ME (but then I am allowed as it IS my 40th), It officially started a couple of weeks ago but you can catch up on all the posts so far by going to - http://40thingsaboutrob.blogspot.co.uk/

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Nemo, Marlin and Pearl

Nemo, Marlin and Pearl

May 11

Octopus Table Centre Piece

Octopus Table Centre

Octopus Table Centre

I recently made the table decorations for the Portsmouth Magic Circle Annual Dinner, over the next few days I will be showing you some of the table centres I made for the event, first I will show you one of my favourite sculptures of the night, the Octopus, he was huge and filled up the table just perfectly, everyone seemed to like him (and all the other decorations too).

 

This Octopus is made from 19 balloons, I started with the base which is weighted with 2 more balloons (one inside the other for added strength) filled with some water. Next there is a plait of clear balloons which are difficult to see and on top of that is the Octopus who is made from an 11″ round, 8 red 260s and 2 white 5″ rounds, the Seaweed is made using a technique I learnt from Antonio Bécares Rodríguez when he visited the UK to lecture last year, its an awesome way to make seaweed.

 

For those of you who know me I am a serial blogger and I have a new small blog happening at the moment, it is lasting for just 40 days, It will end just before my 40th Birthday and the subject matter is all ME ME ME (but then I am allowed as it IS my 40th), It officially started a couple of weeks ago but you can catch up on all the posts so far by going to - http://40thingsaboutrob.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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Apr 19

Mr Nonsense

What a lot of Nonsense

What a lot of Nonsense

Mr. Nonsense lives in Nonsenseland, in a house on top of a tree. When asked why he sleeps in a rowing boat, the answer is “I tried sleeping in a motorboat and it was somewhat uncomfortable.”

Here is another Mr Man from my series of Mr Men, I now do about 6 or 7 different Mr Men and I think this one has just become my favourite as he is just a load of nonsense (like me). If you don’t know what he looks like click here for a photo.

I think I used 10 balloons to make him, a mixture of 11″ rounds, 6″ rounds, 160s and 260s. It took me a little while to get the hat/nose looking right and I even made his little spats.

For those of you who know me I am a serial blogger and I have a new small blog starting on Monday and lasting for just 40 days, It will end just before my 40th Birthday and the subject matter is all ME ME ME (but then I am allowed as it IS my 40th), It officially starts on Monday but you can see the first welcome post here - http://40thingsaboutrob.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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