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If April flowers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? My
cousin posed that question to me when I was about ten years old.
The answer, of course is PILGRIMS!. So this month's sculpture is the
Mayflower, or any other square-rigged single masted sailing ship.
It requires two balloons for the ship's body and one each for the mast
||Inflate the two body balloons leaving
about a 1 inch uninflated tail. Release a little air to soften them before
tying. In one balloon twist off a 6 inch bubble for the bowsprit in the
tail end, and lock the knot of the other balloon into the twist.
In the second balloon twist off a 12 inch bubble for the side rail
followed by a 3 inch. Twist a 12 inch bubble in the first balloon and lock
twist it to the end of the 3 inch.|
Make another 3 inch bubble in the second balloon and lock it to the
opposite end of the first 3 inch. These form the transom. Curve the remainder
of both balloons underneath for the hull and lock the ends to the base
of the bowsprit. You may want to put a
pinch twist here to keep the bowsprit in position. Squeeze the air in
the bowsprit out to the end to make it narrower and tapered.|
Inflate the mast balloon leaving a 1 inch tail. Twist a 1 inch, 6 inch, 3 inch,
and another 6 inch and 1 inch in the knot end. Position the 3 inch bubble across
the beam of the deck about half way back and lock both ends to the
siderails. Bring the ends of the 6 inch bubbles together above the deck
to form the ratlines, with the rest of the balloon for the mast. Pinch
twist the two 1 inch bubbles at the base of the mast to help hold it upright.
Twist a 6 inch,
12 inch, 6 inch and lock the last twist to the base of the mast. This forms
one side of the sail. Repeat on the opposite side and secure the end to the
top of the mast with a final 1 inch. A pinch twist in the 1 inch bubbles
gives a more finished look.
Inflate the sail balloon leaving about a 1 inch tail. Twist a 1 inch bubble
and lock it to the mast about 12 inches above the base.|
May flowers remind us of the new life that is ours in Christ. The Mayflower
brought the pilgrims to America so that they could worship Christ according
to their convictions, without the pressure to conform to the politically
correct government-sponsored religion of their former home.
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Christian faith that was so important to the pilgrims.
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