In the past couple of hours, I’ve learned that having a 7th-month-old crawling around the house, a 2.5-year old being potty trained, is not the place to develop a detailed balloon sculpture. Between chasing the baby, answering questions, and getting up-to-the-minute recaps about the cartoon playing on TV, it took me 2.5 hours to make Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes was a request by a Facebook friend. I grew up watching Basil Rathbone play Sherlock Holmes on Sunday mornings.
There are a couple of distinctive pieces for Sherlock Holmes. First, you have the hat, which gave me the most problems. Since it was one of the last things for me to make, and I was getting interrupted every couple of minutes, I just wanted to get finished.
Secondly, when I envisioned Sherlock, I thought of him looking through his magnifying glass. I was going to make the eyeball stick through the magnifying glass, but it wasn’t going to happen once I started creating it. I decided to make him squinting and appear to look through it instead.
Sherlock Holmes was not too fond of the no-smoking rules. His signature pipe needed to be added to the design. I had to go through my reserve balloons to find a 160 black balloon. The whole design was made out of 260 and only 3-160 balloons.
Like the Avatar character, I tried to use only balloons that were in my balloon apron.
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