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Boone's biggest annual celebration is Pufferbilly Days, celebrated the weekend
after Labor Day. Trains are the theme, and I've been wanting to do a Steam
Locomotive for a long time. The effort displayed here contains ideas borrowed
from a variety of sources and a few details of my own. Ready to begin? Then . . .
Apple link the white balloon to the blue one, making a shallow apple twist in the blue. This will be the top of the smokestack. Twist ten half-inch bubbles in the white balloon and lock twist numbers 5 and 7 together, making a 3-bubble loop of bubbles 5, 6 and 7 in the middle of the string. Just below them, make a 4-bubble loop of numbers 3, 4, 8 and 9 by twisting 3 and 9 together. Twist number 10 to the joint between 1 and 2, then break off the remainder and tie it off. In the blue balloon, twist a 2-inch bubble for the smokestack, followed by a 3-inch, three 1-inch and another 3-inch.
Lock the 3-inch bubbles together and
pinch twist the first and third 1-inch
bubbles. The three little bubbles form the cow catcher at the front.
Twist three 4-inch bubbles and make a 3-bubble roll-through for the main body of the engine. Follow with a 1-inch bubble for the cabin base, and make a toe twist to seal the end. Break off any extra balloon left.
Arrange the 3-bubble body so that one bubble is on the bottom and two are on top.
Tie the nozzle of the red balloon to the back of the 3-bubble body and make three 1.5-inch bubbles for wheels. Twist around the front of the 3-bubble body and make three more wheels for the other side. Secure the balloon at the same point where the nozzle is tied.
Twist a 3-inch, 1-inch, 1-inch and 3-inch,
securing the last twist to the back of the cabin base. The second 3-inch
should be on the opposite side of the train as the first one. These form
two diagonally opposite corners of the cab.
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