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    well this is my first how to post here, i hope it help everyone out. I got the idea last christmas when i saw something like this in a neighbors tree, except with christmas colors and such. i knew right away i wanted to make one for halloween and this was the perfect chance.



    I started with a plastic caldron to use as a base. I covered it with tin foil so that the paper machie wonít stick to it.



    Once I have several layers on I cut it in two, peeled it off then tapped it back together



    Here you can see it next to the original. I added more layers on the inside and covered the outside seam as well.



    While I let it dry I got to work on the basket. Itíll be connected to the balloon by four chains. The chain hooks on to the basket by a nail. I just bent them into a U shape and slide them in between wicker of the basket. Theyíre held in place by some gorilla glue.







    The chain I got at stator brothers, it was a twelve foot dog chain they had on sale for two dollars. I measured out the link and cut it into four equal lengths, getting rid of the clip ends which I didnít use.




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    Once the balloon was dry I cut out a small hole in the bottom, which will become the top for the wire to come out of. I also added a layer of my paper clay along the inside to help distribute the weight better. Right along the top edge was also a small amount of the paper clay to make the metal brace. I didnít worry about getting it even, gave it a more distressed look being crooked.







    Here the part I cut out so you can see how thick it is.



    Here a picture of my balloonist, heís one of my favorite little props.



    After a quick black paint job I started adding the rust effect along with some fake bolts to make it look better.





    As long as I was painting I figured Iíd add this to help break up the solid black of the balloon.



    Here you can see the cross support I put inside the balloon to help hold it up on the string I used. I used 50 pound breaking point fishing line and doubled it up so even under high winds it should stay up.



    Then I just slipped it inside the balloon and hung it from a tree. I didnít have what I needed to do what I had planned to hang it so I had to get creative. I took the fishing line and stuck it through a chain I had wrapped around the branch then stuck another piece of wood through it to hold it in place. Iím sure someone reading this will instantly know a better way to do this.


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    And here are the other pictures of it hanging and swaying in the wind. Its looks great as it gets dark out.












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    I like!!!! What about maybe putting a battery-powered red LED up inside the "balloon" to illuminate the "balloonist" (cauldronist?)and the basket? In any case, it's VERY cool!

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    oh thats a good idea, thank you

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    Bravo Dragon!!! Your hot air balloon is amazing....... thanks !!!! I will have to put this on my list.................... for next year!!!

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    HAHAHAHA he's just terrific That needs to be a wallpaper!

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    Maybe wire his hands to the chains, but keep the elbows down, keeping the kicked-back look. The more I look at it, the more I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evildrbug View Post
    Maybe wire his hands to the chains, but keep the elbows down, keeping the kicked-back look. The more I look at it, the more I like it.
    Yep I agree with evildrbug. That would be me, holding on for dear life, yikes I'm scared of heights

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    thank you all, i'm adding a few new touches to it right now and hopefully i'll have the new pics up tomorrow.

 

 
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