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April Showers

Patricia Bunnell

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Step 1: Inflate a Goldenrod 260q balloon leaving about a 6" tip. Make a 3 bubble cluster starting with a 6" bubble followed by a 1" pinch twist and then a 4" bubble.

Step 2: Lock twist at knot. Roll the knot to prevent it from un-twisting.

Step 3: REPEAT two more times.

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Step 4: Take one more Goldenrod 260q balloon and repeat steps 1-3. Twist the two balloons together in the center.

Step 5: Inflate a Rose 260 leaving an 8" tip. Twist the knot of the balloon around one of the pinch twists. Make a cluster of 3 bubbles starting with a 1-1/2" bubble, followed by a small pinch twist and finish with another 1-1/2" bubble. Twist the last bubble around the pinch twist.

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Step 6 View from underside Step 7

Step 6: Repeat the 3 bubble cluster around the remaining pinch twists.

Step 7: Inflate an Orange 260q leaving a 1-1/2" tip. Make a small bubble at the tip end of the balloon.

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Step 8: Wedge the small bubble in the center of the umbrella. Adjust all the pinch twists.

Step 9: For the Awwwwwe factor add raindrops using Diamond clear 160q by making teeny bubbles at the end of the balloon. Wrap around the pinch twists.

BONUS CREATION

MONKEY HAT

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Step 1: Inflate a brown or mocha 260 balloon leaving a 3" tip. Make a small pinch twist on the end. This is the nose.

Step 2: Make a soft 2" bubble. This becomes the back of the head.

Step 3: Make a teddy bear head. Make the first bubble 1-1/2" followed by a 1/2" bubble, a 1" bubble, another 1/2" bubble and finish up with a 1-1/2" bubble. Lock twist at the base of the soft 2" bubble.

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Step 4: Inflate a blush 260 balloon leaving a 10" tip. Make two small bubbles and lock twist them. Roll the knot through to prevent it from un-twisting.

Step 5: Make a 4" loop. Tie the knot end of the balloon to the loop twist and discard the rest. This becomes the monkeys face.

Step 6: Twist the small pinch twist from the first balloon around the eyes.

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Step 7: Wedge the soft 2" balloon between the "teddy bear head." Pinch - twist the ears. Center the face.

At this point we will be making my version of Ken Stillmans Hitch Hiker hat.

Step 8: Inflate 2 brown 260s leaving a 3" tip on each. Make two small pinch twists on the ends. Twist them together. This makes the "hands" of the monkey. These 4 pinch twists look like his fingers are locked together.

Step 9: Wrap the arms around the child's head and twist the arms together. Make 2 small pinch twists to form the shoulders.

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Step 10: Make a 1" bubble for the neck.

Step 11: Twist it around the double pinch twist we made for the shoulders. To make his body make about a 4" bubble on all three balloons and twist them together. Now to keep the 3 bubbles from un-twisting, braid them together a few times at the joint.

Step 12: Choose 2 of the balloons to make his legs. The other one becomes his tail. For the legs, make them about 12-14" long and make a small pinch twist on each leg. On one of the legs, make two 2" bubbles for the feet.

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Step 13: Wrap the last 1" bubble around the pinch twist on the other leg. Discard the remaining ends on both balloons.

Step 14: Bend the legs in half and squeeze at the fold to form the knees of the Monkey.

Step 15: Kink the tail.or make it curl. Add artwork. The legs slip over the child's head and the arms wrap around his or hear head. I like the legs and feet joined together this way, it keeps the Monkey.s legs on the child's shoulders better.

EXTRA BONUS!!!

I was messing around with various colors while making the Monkey and I discovered that if I used an orange and a goldenrod 260 it looked like Tigger.

Final

ENJOY!!!
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