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How to Make a Motorcycle Balloon - Introduction
Here’s a cool balloon motorcycle that you can make. Depending on the proportions that you build in, this balloon sculpture can look like a “hog” or more conventional motorcycle. This is one of several balloons that we teach you here at magic.about.com that’s in our series of “transportation” balloons.
This one, particularly the wheels, can be a bit tricky to make. As a result, I think it helps to first see the entire process of making the motorcycle balloon. You can watch a video of the motorcycle being made, and then follow the step-by-step instructions here. If you’re interested in making balloon animals, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to learn more balloon animals and hear about the newest instructional videos.
This one is not overly difficult to learn and make, although it helps to have some experience working with balloons. To make the motorcycle, you’ll need to have mastered the following:
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Make the Front Wheel
Inflate the first balloon leaving about six-inches of uninflated balloon at its end. Tie off the balloon.
Make a pinch twist followed by a fold twist that is about two-inches in height.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Finish the Front Wheel
Insert the pinch twist into the center of the fold twist to form a wheel. If this instruction is not clear, you can watch the process in the video.
You’ve made the front wheel of the motorcycle balloon.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Make the Motorcycle's Fork
Make a basic twist between three-inches and six-inches long that's followed by a pinch twist. If you make a shorter basic twist, your motorcycle will have traditional proportions like that of a conventional motorcycle. Make a longer basic twist, and your motorcycle will have the proportions of an edgier, more stylish bike.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Make the Handlebars
Make the following twists: a pinch twist, four small basic twists, each about a half-inch in length.
After the final basic twist, join the end of the last basic twist to the pinch twist. You’ve formed the motorcycle’s handlebars.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Add the Gas Tank
Inflate the second balloon and leave about five inches of uninflated balloon at its end. Tie off the balloon.
Take the nozzle end of the second balloon and attach it to the pinch twist at the front of the motorcycle that forms the base of the handlebars.
Make a basic twist about two-inches in length, followed by a pinch twist, followed by another basic twist about two-inches in length. Again, the proportions that you choose here will lend to the look of the motorcycle.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Make the Seat Tube and Seat Stay
Twist the last basic twist into the first balloon.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Make the Seat
Make a pinch twist and then twist (join) this into the first balloon, about three-inches from the handle bar. You’re forming the body of the bike and the “seat.” If this is not clear, watch the video to see the process.
Cut off the remaining section of the first balloon and discard it.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Make the Back Wheel
Make a basic twist about two-inches in length.
Make a pinch twist followed by a fold twist that is about two-inches in height.
Insert the pinch twist into the center of the fold twist to form a wheel. This is just as you did in the first step.
You’ve made the back wheel of the motorcycle balloon.
Cut off the remaining balloon and discard it.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Finish the Motorcycle Balloon
You’ve completed the motorcycle balloon.
As always, feel free to experiment with the proportions until you create a motorcycle that you like.