Sari Silk Hot Air Balloon By Lyneen Jesse of Altered Pages


Craft Tutorials, Sculpture, Rigid Wrap

ACTÍVA Products

rigid wrap project tutorial hor air balloon

To start gather your supplies to work with Ridge Wrap:

scissors, balloons ( small water balloons),

container for warm water, protective cover for table

plaster cloth tutorial

Cut the Ridge Wrap in strips (about 1 1/2 x 4) and blow up

balloons... you are now ready to start applying Ridge Wrap.

balloon project with plaster gauze

applying the rigid wrap to armature

Wet Ridge Wrap thoroughly in the bowl of warm water,

remove excess water. Slightly overlap each piece as you

add them to the balloon. When applying, rub the Ridge Wrap

to help close the plaster holes in the wrap.

first layer of rigid wrap

Apply the first layer of Ridge Wrap in one direction.

No need to let is dry before applying the second layer.

Apply the second layer in a different direction. Here you

can see the second layer at a slight angle.

drying rigid wrap plaster cloth

When finished applying Ridge Wrap set aside to dry.

Cut sections of a tube to the rest the balloon on. In about 30

minutes you can remove the balloon.

craft project with plaster cloth

Snip a little hole in the balloon and it will release from the sides.

Remove the balloon and let dry over night.

rigid wrap balloons x 3

One package of Ridge Wrap (roll 4" x 180") was able to

cover 3 small balloons.

NOW THE FUN PART! Making the balloon in to something!!!

silk strips for plaster gauze balloon project

This balloon is going to be covered with Sari Silk Ribbon.

Cut pieces about 8 of Sari Silk Ribbon long enough that they

will go over the top of the balloon and be able to tuck the ends

into the opening of the balloon.

strips of silk

Press with cool iron, then layer the Sari Silk Ribbon alternating

bright colors with other colors.

hot air balloon with plaster cloth wrap

Tie the Sari Silk Ribbon in the center with a ribbon

(this will be what you can use as the hanger) and adhere

to the top of the balloon with Tacky Glue.

glue the material to the rigid wrap structure

Apply glue stick to the dry Ridge Wrap and layer the Sari Silk

Ribbon overlapping pieces as you go. I didn't use Tacky Glue

because I didn't want it to show through the Sari Silk Ribbon

material on the plaster warp armature balloon

Once the balloon is covered trim the excess, leaving just

enough to tuck inside the balloon.

project to use rigid wrap plaster cloth

Use Tacky Glue on each piece of Sari Silk Ribbon and

fold to adhere to the inside of the balloon!

Make a box for the balloon basket! Here you can see I used

a onion mix box.

box for the plaster cloth balloon basket

Cover the box with paper from Laced with Grace, paint inside

and distress the outside. Punch holes in each corner for light bulb

safety pins! The balloon ropes will be attached to the pins later

basket for craft tutorial

Tie twine to hold the basket: one piece around the top of the balloon

and four pieces about a yard each to attach to the basket. Trim the

ropes leaving enough for charms to hang. You can see the ropes

are attached to alternating corners!

adding string to the rigid wrap balloon

Add keys, transit tokens and charms or whatever else you

like to embellish your balloon!

add decorations to the hot air balloon tutorial finished project with activa products rigid wrap plaster cloth

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