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Location: Bristol

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Posted:I have been making my own juggling balls and many people who've seen them have asked how they are made so.....

Its easy peasy! No Sewing involved!!


All you need is
Balloons
Rice (or millet, lentils etc. nothing sharp!)
Plastic drinks bottle

Get the plastic bottle and cut the top off to make a funnel.
Tape the edge if you want because it can be quite sharp.

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Inflate and deflate the balloon so its a bit more stretchy. Put a balloon onto the end of the bottle, making sure that you get most of the neck over the end of the bottle.

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Fill the balloon with rice (or what ever else you are using). You can either use a pencil or something similar to push the rice or put the funnel over your mouth and inflate the balloon a bit (which is why you might want to tape the edge or you'll get a scratched face). The rice should just fall in to the balloon.

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Once you have filled the balloon with the desired amount of rice. Cut the balloon where the neck meets the main body of the balloon.

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Get another balloon, inflate and deflate to stretch it, and then cut off the neck.

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Stretch the balloon over the ball, making sure that you cover the opening in the first balloon.

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You can add more balloons to make it stronger. I have used a total of three balloons for each ball I made and they are pretty strong


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Durbs
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Posted:smile I heard this method whilst travelling in Australia - it was on TripleJ radio as a random 2 minute segment biggrin

You can also get creative by adding more different colour balloons and cutting both ends of them so there's a coloured hole both ends.

Yay for rice


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Gnor
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Posted:But on a quarantine note please dont bring grain from other countries into Australia. Those lovely poi and juggling balls can have nasty creitters that our isolated island doesnt have.

Zak wont let me throw a balloon out so the compromise is I make a all with it.

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Location: Bristol

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Posted:you can cut many holes in the final balloon layer to make spotty ones too. You have to be careful though because the balloons sometimes split when you stretch them over the ball.


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