This is probably one of my favourite wedding designs that I made when I was part of the Conwin Design Team.
Elegant Wedding Arbour
|Wedding Arbour - by Sue Bowler CBA|
So what is an Arbour (Arbor)? By definition it is a shady garden alcove with sides and a roof formed by tree's or climbing plants over a wooden frame. My wedding Arbour above gives you the same sense of a garden frame but with the elegance of light and airy balloons, silk flowers and soft organza.
So what is it's purpose? An arbour such as this could be used as the focal point at the wedding ceremony, if you 'Google' wedding arbors, you will see that there are so many different styles... is this an area of decor that you are missing out on?
It looks like a complicated design, but in actual fact it was quite easy to make. I strongly recommend making a design such as this using either a Conwin Precision Air Inflator or a Dual Split Second Sizer with nitrogen*. To find out more about this equipment you can visit the Conwin website.
Nitrogen is a dry, inert gas. This means it doesn't carry moisture and dirt, which is a possibility with common compressed air. Nitrogen is also inflammable, so it doesn't pose a risk in the event of a fire. Nitrogen is used by many balloon artists especially with digital equipment such as the Dual Split Second Sizer to create 'Air-Filled' decor.
As with Helium, Nitrogen can cause asphyxiation if inhaled.
39208 - Just Married ARP Diamond Clear 11”
43552 - Diamond Clear 5”
43597 - Pearl White 5”
43788 - Pearl White 11”
43603 - Metallic Silver 5”
99326 - Magenta 5"43960 - Silver 260Q
22932 - Pearl White 160Q
Method of Construction
Cluster 1. 5 x 5" Inflated to 3"
Cluster 2. 5 x 5" Inflated to 4"
Cluster 3. 5 x 5" Inflated to 4.5"
Cluster 4. 5 x 5" Inflated to 4"
Cluster 5. 5 x 5" Inflated to 3"
This creates a really nice shape, a little different from the usual graduated style.
You now need to add:
4 x 260Q Silver
4 x 160Q Pearl White
You will need to decide how much of the pole you want to cover with this double spiral, personally I would tie a scrap of 160Q on each of you poles to determine this point to ensure that they all the same!
Start the spiral by using the 4 x 260Q Silver and wrap these round the pole. If you do not know how to create this spiral just watch this clip:
You are now going to add a further 3 clusters:
Cluster 6. 5 x 5" Inflated to 4"
Cluster 7. 5 x 5" Inflated to 4.5"
Cluster 8. 5 x 5" Inflated to 4"
Now create a second double spiral, and take this spiral up to 6" - 15cm from the top of each of the poles.
The easiest way to make the arch frame (top part of this design) is to make it up on the floor prior to adding to the 4 columns!
You can use aluminium rod or a plastic conduit, just make sure that it fits into your poles.
Determine how big your arbor needs to be and this will determine how long your rod or conduit needs to be allowing enough extra to secure to the poles, aluminium rod can be purchased in different lengths, 4m usually being the longest.
Lay your aluminium rods or plastic conduit on the floor and cross them over at the centre, see diagram below.
Mark the place at the ends of each of the rods to indicate the point at which the frames will be added/slotted in to your columns (most column poles are hollow, so it is easy to slot in your rods, if they are not hollow then you will need to secure the rods to the outside using duct tape), I would allow a minimum of 12" - 30 cms to make sure that it fits securely. Do not worry about bending your rods to create the arch as this will naturally happen when each of the ends are slotted into the columns. You will need to add a second mark (I have indicated this in red), this is the point where your repeat cluster (1-5) will finish, you will probably find that it will be the last 2 clusters that will extend onto the arch top, once you have made your marks, you can add the final spirals.
|Double Bubble Topiary Ball|
|Accent detail - organza, silk flowers and a balloon bubbles.|