More Hot Air Balloon ornaments

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Project by scrappy posted 10-21-2013 10:28 PM 1950 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of more hot air balloon ornaments.
These were made from 4 rainbow pen blanks of COLORWOOD. (the stuff used to make fancy gun stocks)

Both ornaments from one glued up stick. About 1 1/2 diam and 2 1/4 long ( one slightly bigger then the other)

The third pic, looking down on the top of the balloon, shows the pattern I glued them in to get the 4 sets of arks.

Hope you like them.

Please post all comments and suggestions.

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#1 posted 10-21-2013 10:30 PM

Wonderful, good to see you making stuff again!


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#2 posted 10-21-2013 11:17 PM

Interesting patterns. I like the colors.

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 12:20 AM

Hey Dan, those are really cool!..............Jim

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 07:13 PM

I was attracted to your blog by the name Scrappy which expressed my idea very well. (I never heard of Hot Air Balloon Ornaments before and wonder if they are heavy enough to keep a balloon from floating away.)

If those pieces are two inches or less in length, they can be used as czogyes (chogies), part of a time-honored toy made in a new way from scrap (pieces of deadbranch, lumbercutoffs or whatever) as I assume your ornaments are.

The device much as you have it now or more rotund, maybe golfballsize, is attached to a double-braid of standard 1-mm shielded telephone wire such as found in grey cables everywhere. (Don’t let anyone scrap that wire, visit demolition sites with clippers and salvage it for reuse, education and art!) At the other end of of a foot length of braid is the CLWNKY—basically the old “swing the ball and catch it in the cup” game, but the Cup may be the bottom two inches of a plastic soda bottle! Screwed down to the end of a Handle which can be a 4-7-inch-long piece of wood or group of slender wood pieces, depending on your art taste.

Catching the weighted flyload in the cup teaches coordination skills to very young children, or at least as young as not deemed at risk to strangle on the wire which should be kept as short as necessary for safety.

The Clwnky handle, you will note, also gives opportunity for ornamentation or can be selected from a twisted gnarled bit of branch and given enough “editing” to be sure there are no sharp points, then varnished, etc.

More scrap wood toy ideas are at article, “Essential Preschool Party I, Eco-Education Toys.” You may want to sign in with a username and post ideas there, be my guest…

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