BRENDA FINK, CBA
• 1 x 22″ “Congratulations Graduation Caps”
Bubble Balloon® 30197
• 1 x 18″ “Smiley Face Blue” Microfoil® Balloon 29638
• 1 x 18” “Congratulations Party Time”
Diamond ExpressionsTM Microfoil 34436
• 4 x 5″ (13cm) Dark Blue Latex Balloons 43553
• 1 x 350Q Dark Blue Latex Balloons 97226
• 2 x 260Q Onyx Black Latex Balloons 43937
• 260Q Scraps
• Qualatex® BalloonRibbonTM
• Adhesive Balloon Tabs
• Clear Packing Tape
Inflate the Dark Blue 350Q, and make two 6″ (15cm) Loop Twists (see Loop Twist below). Using a 260Q scrap, tie the Loop Twists to a weight.
Air inflate a 22″ “Congratulations Graduation Caps” Bubble with a latex regulator until all the wrinkles in the seam disappear. Cut off the attached ribbon, tie a 260Q scrap to the neck (making sure not to damage the self- sealing valve), and tie into the 350Q in Step 1.
Attach two adhesive balloon tabs to the top center of the Bubble’s seam, aligning their holes. Reinforce the tabs with clear packaging tape.
Make a 4-balloon cluster using 5″ Dark Blue latex sized to 4.5″ (11.5cm). Tie a piece of BalloonRibbon around the holes in the adhesive tabs in Step 3, and use the ribbon to tie the cluster onto the tabs.
Air inflate the 18″ “Smiley Face Blue” Microfoil and roll up the neck with BalloonRibbon. Use the ribbon to tie the Microfoil into the cluster from Step 4.
To make the “arms” and “hands,” inflate an Onyx Black 260Q, leaving about 4″ (10cm) uninflated. Make a 1″ (2.5cm) bubble at the knot end to create a “thumb,” then make a 2″ (5cm) Loop Twist. Trim the neck as close to the knot as possible. Repeat to make a second arm and hand, then tie the two arms together at the uninflated ends. Wrap the arms into the cluster from Step 4.
Helium inflate the 18″ “Congratulations Party Time” Microfoil. Roll up
and tie the neck of the Microfoil with a length of BalloonRibbon, and tie
it to a weight. Wrap the middle of the ribbon around the character’s hand.
1. Twist a bubble twice the length of the loop twist.
2. Sharply bend the bubble in half, and twist the ends together.