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How To Make an Anchor with Balloons?

by Keisha
(Lithonia)

Balloon Anchor Sculpture

Balloon Anchor Sculpture

To make the bottom and top of the balloon anchor, could I use fishing line?


ANSWER

Hi Keisha,

To make this type of balloon anchor sculpture, you would have to create a frame first. For the middle pole you could probably use PVC conduit, as we show for the balloon column base.

For the bottom and top part of the anchor I would recommend to use aluminum rod, bent into shape for the anchor bottom.

I found a nice step-by-step video for a balloon anchor by Sandi Masori. The design is a bit different from the photo you uploaded, but the principle is the same. She makes the frame completely out of aluminium rod.

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Keeping the balloons attached at the end
by: Margit

You can use a similar technique as if you were attaching the top balloon (or crown) to a balloon column:

Find the middle of an uninflated 260Q and tie it to the neck of the center of the balloon cluster to be placed at the end of the anchor top or bottom.

Then tie the ends of the 260Q together forming a rubberband. Now put the cluster in place and pull the 260Q down about three or four balloon clusters and pop over one of the clusters. The tension should hold the end balloons in place nicely.

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How to keep balloons attached on the ends
by: Anonymous

Silly question but how do I get the balloons to stay attached to either end on the curve bottom part of the anchor and the top horizontal part?

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Size of Balloons
by: Margit

Photo:
The anchor is made of blue 5 inch round latex balloons. The white long balloons could be 260Q or 350Q - they look thicker than the 160Q type.

Video:
The yellow balloons are 5" balloons, and judging from the look of it they are blown up to slightly different sizes.

The dark blue ones are 11" balloons blown up to 10" and 8". And the white ones are probably 9" (blown up to 7") and 5" inch balloons.

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Please help
by: Anonymous

What size balloons are used for this anchor.

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