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Betallatex 360 Pumpkin

John Christianson

360 Pumpkin

Balloons required:

3 orange Betallic 360 balloons
2 key lime or fashion green Betallic 160 balloons
1 key lime or green Betallic 160 scrap at least 3 inches long.
Optional: 1 orange Betallic 16 inch round

Creating a cluster (sometimes called a football) of bubbles.
Each 360 can be used to make 3 segments of the cluster. There will be 9 segments total in the cluster.
Stretch all three orange 360's. To stretch the balloon hold the tail between the thumb and fingertips of one hand and pull the balloon through thumb and fingertips of your other hand. This will give you some extra length when inflating the balloon and reduce chances of breakage.

Inflate a orange 360 balloon leaving about 2.25 inches of tail or 3 fingers width.
Inflate a second orange 360 balloon leaving about 2.25 inches of tail or 3 fingers width.
Tie the two inflated 360's together at the nozzle ends forming a duplet.
Twist a 14inch bubble in each of the 360 balloons and lock them together.
Pull one of the 360's through the center of the locktwist.
Twist a 14 inch bubble in one of the 360 balloons.
Connect the balloon to the other end of the two bubble cluster so that you have a 3 bubble cluster.
Twist a 14 inch bubble in the 2nd 360 balloon and lock it to the 3 bubble cluster.
Twist a 14 inch bubble in one of the 360 balloons and lock it to the end of the 4 bubble cluster.
Twist a 14 inch bubble in one of the 360 balloons and lock it to the 5 bubble cluster.
Make sure you loop each of the 2 small bubbles around the joint at the end of pumpkin to secure them.
Use a scissor or other cutting tools to make a small hole in the remaining bubbles and carefully deflate them.
Tie the deflated tails together and hide the ends inside the pumpkin.
Inflate the third orange 360 leaving 2.25 inches of tail uninflated.

Use the nozzle to attach the orange 360 to one end of the pumpkin.
Twist a 14 inch bubble in the orange 360.
Lock it to the oppposite end of the cluster.
Twist a 14 inch bubble in the orange 360.
Lock it to the oppposite end of the cluster.
Twist a 14 inch bubble in the orange 360.
Lock it to the oppposite end of the cluster.
Loop the remaining bubble around the joints at the top of the pumpkin to secure it.
Use a scissor or cutting device to cut a small hole in the tail of the balloon and carefully deflate it.
Tie the tail scrap and tuck it inside the pumpkin cluster.
Optional: If you want to round out the pumpkin a bit you can push the ends together a few times.
Making the stem/top of the pumpkin.

Since there are nine 360 bubbles that make up the pumpkin we need nine 160 bubbles to tuck in the gaps between them for the top of the pumpkin plus 10th bubble that will be a shaped stem.
Inflate a lime green 160 leaving 3 inches of uninflated tail.
Twist a 4.5" bubble.
Twist a second 4.5" bubble.
Next we will be twisting a pop twist series of bubbles, with two bubbles between the pinch twists. The purpose behind this is to have enough latex to retie the balloon after splitting the pop twist series in half.

Twist a 1 inch bubble and pinch twist it.
Twist three more 1 inch bubbles and pinch twist the 3rd one.
Twist another 4.5 inch bubble.
Lock the 4.5 inch bubbles at the start and end of the pinch twist series together.
Twist another 4.5 inch bubble.

This is leading into a second pop twist series of bubbles.
Twist a 1 inch bubble and pinch twist it.
Twist three more 1 inch bubbles and pinch twist the 3rd one.
Twist another 4.5 inch bubble and lock it to the 4.5 inch bubble at the start of the pinch twist series.
Twist a 4.5 inch bubble.
Deflate the rest of the balloon and tie a knot at the end of the 4.5 inch bubble.
Stretch the tail of the key lime 160 and reverse inflate the 160 so that it inflates from the tail end first. Leave about 6 inches of tail uninflated.
At this point we are making the stem of the pumpkin and will need to shape the balloon.
Bend the balloon and give the balloon a pinch at the top of the bend. Release the pinch so that air snaps back into the balloon and creates a crease.
A few inches from the first bend, fold the balloon over and give it another pinch and release to create another bend in the stem.
Create a 3rd bend in the stem just like the previous two so that it takes on the shape of a question mark.
Twist the balloon a few inches below the last bend in the stem.
Twist a 4.5 inch bubble.

Once again this leads into a pop twist series of bubbles.
Twist a 1 inch bubble and pinch twist it.
Twist three more 1 inch bubbles and pinch twist the 3rd one.
Twist a 4.5 inch bubble.
Lock the 4.5 inch bubble at the start of the pinch twist series to the 4.5 inch bubble at the end of the pinch twist series.
Twist a 4.5 inch bubble.
Deflate any remaining tail and tie a knot at the end of the 4.5 inch bubble.
Take both of the stem pieces and lock them together at their centers where everything connects together.
Now we get to the point where we will separate the 3 pop twist bubble segments that was mentioned earlier.

Use your scissor or cutting tool to cut between the two 1 inch bubbles in a pop twist series.
Untwist one of the pinch twists in the balloon segments you just separated and carefully deflate just the pinch twist. Retie the balloon next to the 4.5 inch bubble.
Untwist the second pinch twist and carefully deflate it. Retie the balloon next to the 4.5 inch bubble.
Repeat the process of separating the pop twist series bubbles and deflating/retying the balloon with the remaining 2 pop twist chains of bubbles.
When done you should have the stem segment and nine 4.5 inch bubbles.
Trim any balloon scraps close to their knots.
Take the Key Lime 160 scrap and attach it to the center joint of the key lime 160 balloons.
Use the scrap to tie the key lime balloons to the top center of the pumpkin.
Pull the key lime center tightly to the top of the pumpkin and loop the scrap around the pumpkin and the center joint of the key lime stems.
Pull open two of the orange 360 segments and tuck one of the key lime 4.5 inch bubbles in between the 360 segments.
Working your way around the circle, continue pulling open orange 360 segments and tucking the 4.5 inch bubbles between them. It may be necessary to adjust the key lime bubbles on top of the pumpkin so that they all rest next to each other rather than have any overlap each other.
The top of the pumpkin should look like this when done tucking in the bubbles.
Optional: This next section is for those that want to cover up any gaps in the pumpkin by inflating a round in the center chamber or to make their pumpkin seem wider by using the round to push the center open farther.
Take a orange 16 inch round and insert it into the pumpkin.
Hold the balloon so that just the nozzle is sticking out of the pumpkin cluster. If possible try to get the nozzle to be towards the bottom of the pumpkin when you inflate it.
Inflate the orange round inside the pumpkin to fill it out. Tie a knot in the 16 inch round.
Adjust the round inside the pumpkin so that you can lock the nozzle to the bottom of the pumpkin.
Tuck the nozzle of the orange 16 inch round inside the pumpkin.
Display your pumpkin proudly.

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