With so many cool things being made out of duct tape these days I decided to challenge myself to make something with it that I hadn’t seen any one else do. When I was a kid I had a toy called a Balzac this was a cloth ball that you inflate a balloon inside of and throw it around. You could also put water or coins in it to make it lopsided and fly around all weird. I remember having a lot of fun with this as a kid so I decided to recreate this toy with duct tape.

     The original toy was pretty light weight and not that great for kicking long distances but the duct tape version is substantially heavier which makes it much more suitable for the impromptu game of kick ball or soccer. Also adding to its practicality it can be deflated folded up and stuffed into a pocket for travel. Now you can take a ball with you where an ordinary ball would be too cumbersome, such as a backpacking trip, bike ride, rock climbing, crowded elevator, F1 car, straitjacket.. I think you get the point.

Step 1: What you will need:

     Along with what is pictured you will also need a razor or exact-o knife, a permanent marker, pliers and scissors.
Mine does not look as pretty but is just as functional! I used a cheap kids inflated ball instead of a foam one, MUCH easier to take out.
perhaps swap the ball out for another balloon this way rather than pull out tedius amounts of foam you could just pop it and then re inflate as appropriate
I thought about doing it that way but if I did it wouldn't have ended up being round. Sense baloons are more of an oblong shape it just wouldn't produce a verry good ball. But what would work in a simaler way to a baloon but be more round would be a beach ball. That's what I origanaly was thinking about using for this but they weren't in season at the time.<br>Thanks for tbe comment though!<br>
I always see those inflatable kids balls all year round, usually with Disney or similar characters on them. Would be the right size, and a lot easier to remove.
Smart idea!
Thanks! Glad you like it.
I know this is immature but..<br>BALZAC! XD<br>Nice instructable.
Yes Balzac! but for the full comedic affect you have to see this!<br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F38WmjxnvMk&amp;NR=1
Wow this is pretty cool. Nice instructable!
Thanks, glad you like it!
A novel idea; though to save the tedium of tearing up and pulling out foam, you could just subdivide a sphere into 8 or 12 (or more if you wish) slices, make a pattern of that slice, and then tape them all together into the sphere shape... much like how an inflatable beach ball is made.
I thought about about doing it that way but this seemed simpler. I think I'll try that method next though. Thanks

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