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My little girl just loves the Veggie Tales characters. She has all their videos and frequently sings their songs and mentions snippets of their stories. So I was almost forced into designing a balloon sculpture rendition of the main characters. By the way, my little girl is a college graduate, married, and works for an international brokerage firm.
For Bob the tomato I used a 6-inch red heart balloon inflated only enough to look like a 4-inch ball (the lobes don't inflate until you get more air pressure into the balloon). Squeeze the balloon to force air into one of the lobes, and then give that lobe a few twists. This gives you a 4-inch ball with a smaller (about 1-inch) ball on one side. Wrap the eyes around the small ball, decorate with a marker, and you have Bob.
Larry the cucumber is made in essentially the same way, but using a green 350 instead of a heart. Inflate the 350 from the far end about 12-14 inches. Tie the knot close to the bubble, making it fairly firm. The long nozzle may be cut off when you're through. Since a straight balloon has no lobes, you need to make one yourself. Fold (NOT TWIST) the balloon at the point you want to attach the eyes and grab a bubble from one side. Twist this bubble and then let the rest of the balloon striaghten out. The balloon will now have an hourglass shape where you took the twist. To minimize this, slowly untwist the nose bubble until the air just begins to escape into the main balloon. When the nose diameter gets below about an inch, twist it shut again and attach the eyes. Add eye details and a mouth with a marker. I used a piece of a gummed label for the tooth.
Junior asparagus in the photo was my first version, but I have since
developed a version that looks more asprargus-like. Before
you inflate the balloon, take a balloon scrap and tie a couple of knots
in it to make one big knot. Then drop this 'raisin' into the balloon.
You will use this later when you make a 'Raisin twist' for the nose.
At the knot, make a
half-inch pinch twist and then
toe twist it in two, giving two very
small bubbles at the tip. Follow this with three half-inch pinch twists,
spaced evenly around the balloon. Next make two 3/4 inch pinch twists, one
on each side of the balloon. Follow in the same way with a pair of 1-inch
pinch twists and a pair of 1.5 inch pinch twists. The result should be a
bumpy section of balloon, tapering to a point at the end. This is the
If you want to make Bob more in scale with the other two figures, you can use an 11-inch round balloon, inflated to about 8 inches. Push the knot into the balloon as though you were making an apple twist except grab the knot through the side of the balloon. Attach the eyes as in the raisin twist. You will probably want to make the eyes from a 350 for this version to keep them in scale. The indentation at the stem is the top of the tomato. If you want, you can cut leaves out of uninflated green 11-inch rounds and attach by pushing the stems into the indentation.
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