balloon help

I'm looking to build a conductive balloon, don't ask why, you'll see later, this is what I need done: 1) A giant balloon (I'll use a giant trash bag so problem solved) 2) Someway to make all (or almost all) of the sureface area conductive 3) It has to be able to float. Any suggestion to make it float and conductive?

Topic by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Space Balloon

UPDATE: TMSB was a success but has an EPIC story behind it! Take a look at all the pics and video at my blog: Hi everyone! First post on instructables and thought I would share with you guys my latest project. The aim? To send a weather balloon to near Space and film the journey from start to finish! It's been done before BUT I'm making a couple of unique modifications in order to make it a one of a kind project.... ....follow my blog and I'll update you throughout the process and the highs and lows....not long until launch now! Please subscribe or follow the blog as this will send you an email every time I make a new post. Thanks for looking and feel free to leave some comments or ask questions. :) Josh.

Topic by JoshingTalk 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

balloon help

Does any body know where to get a blimp shape mylar

Topic by Sun Gear 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

making a custom balloon

Hi,  I need to make a custom shaped balloon with openings in it, I have watched some videos no how balloons are made, I was wondering if I can make an acceptable mold for the balloon using aluminum foil? and what kind of latex I should purchase for this purpose... any suggestions??? Thanks a million in advance... 

Topic by akassab 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Where are the vacuum balloons?

I am interested in making a vacuum balloon. I have been looking around and I can't find a single vacuum balloon that floated. If anyone has any links, pictures, videos, or suggestions they would be very helpful. The closest I found is this and it collapsed just before it floated.;=VB03.jpg

Question by Danjor 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Self-Flying Balloon

I have an idea to make a bunch of smallish balloons that have a LED sinside and small circuits that would control small heating elements to randomly change the density of the air inside the balloons, making them rise or fall. Just as a fun art project, making a bunch of them and letting them into a room for a party or something. A couple of issues I have: I'm having a hard time figuring out how to calculate the buoyancy, though that may have to come later once I decide on all the components. I don't want to use any lighter-than-air materials like Helium, just regular air heated up. I've been trying to find some small ceramic heaters, but I haven't had much luck. Ideally, something like this seems like it would work perfectly, but I need to find some that I can buy in quantities less than 20,000: Whatever I choose would also need to heat up and cool down pretty quickly so the rising/falling would have a stronger effect. I might be asking too much here. I'd need the whole circuit to be pretty small and lightweight. If I use an Arduino Uno, could I just transplant the ATmega328 into the balloon? If I used a small watch battery, would that even provide enough juice to operate an LED and a heating element? Anything bigger seems like it would be too heavy. As for the casing, I plan on whipping something up in Blender and printing it out in lightweight plastic. It would have to hold the circuitry and be airtight to keep the balloon sealed. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Topic by jemtan990 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

My Space Balloon

Hello everyone, I'm robotkid249, and you've probably seen my Wireless Power instructable. I've been working on a new project for the last 6 months on sending a weather balloon up to 95,000 feet to take pictures. We're launching in a couple of weeks. If you'd like to follow the project, you should go over to Tell me what you think. Everything is stil in research and development. Check the blog often for updates. Comment below if you have something to add.

Topic by robotkid249 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

High Altitude Balloon

Hello guys, I have recently started working on a high altitude balloon project. I am planing on making a balloon that will go up to 100k ft and while it is travailing up to that altitude it will be snapping pictures and taking videos of the sky.  I am publishing all the updates related to this project on a project dedicated website . However after i am done i will be also making a very deatailed instructable on it so others may fallow in my foot steps. I just wanted to share my project with the instructables community, L4I

Topic by looking4ideas 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Online balloons Store!!

Hi frnds.. 29 july is my baby bothday so i want to buy some Printed balloons, custom balloons , latex balloons so plz tell me gys where can get online plz share with me any site .....

Topic by daniwell001 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Mystery of the CO2 Balloons!

Filled some balloons w  co2  from dry ice in a soda bottle.   As expected, they act like a lens, a magnifier of sound. No mystery there. Just as a dense glass refracts light, the denser gas refracts sound. The mystery is why balloons filled with co2  leak down faster than identical balloons filled by mouth. Yes, there is some co2 in my exhaled breath, but it is mostly  n2,  and  o2.  I would hav expected the n2 and o2 to leak out more quickly, being smaller molecules. So whatzup wit dat?

Topic by Toga_Dan 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Weather balloon photography

I have been thinking about launching a balloon for a while now, but was concerned with a few problems. I just found this: Which is good, because most of the other tutorials I've seen require one or the other. Other than this, does anyone have any tips about what kind of balloon/chute/tracking system I should use? What about the payload, what is it usually made out of?

Topic by Tupin 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

If you put an LED inside a balloon, would the balloon pop?

 ie does it heat up at all? And if it does, can balloons withstand any heat inside? I'd imagine not but I'm not a balloon expert.

Question by wearingpink 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How to make a mylar balloon from a space blanket

I want to make a hydrogen balloon and am afraid rubber won't hold the gas in well enough. I was thinking I could make a balloon from a space blanket but am not sure how to connect the edges. I thought maybe I could fuse them with an Iron but am not sure. Will apreciate any help.

Question by nurdee1 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How to make a cool distracting water bomb ?

How to make a cool distracting water bomb/balloon in under 5 mins to have a funny chase while playing

Question by Adiasg 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

what are the different grades of helium?

How do the different grades affect lift capacity?

Question by glnpar 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

sending party balloon to space

I was wondering if you need special permission to send party balloons with a camera to space

Topic by minecraftpotato 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Crazy Complex Balloon Art

I came across a few of these rather complex balloon items. I was astonished at how detailed some are. Just throwing the pictures out there, and I thought I was cool when i could make a dog...

Topic by bumpus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Water pump for filling balloon

Hi, Everyone. I am building a carnival game, and I need to know what kind of pump I need to pump water from a 5 gallon bucket into a balloon that is about 4 feet above the bottom of the bucket. The object of the game is to squirt water into a hole that has a pipe connected to it going into the bucket. The water than will get pumped up out of the bucket into a baloon that will end up popping from being overfilled, splashing water everywhere. I was thinking that some kind of submersible pump like this- along with a float switch to turn the pump on when some water goes in it, but I was not sure if this pump would have enough pressure to fill and pop a baloon. Thanks.

Question by Gadgets_and_Gear 8 months ago  |  last reply 8 months ago

balloons falling from a roof

How would one rig up a system to make balloons fall from the roof like in the movies for proms and stuff like that? It would be awesome to set up for a random day at home, or my sisters 21st birthday or something, freak them out

Topic by craig3 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Whats in a LOCOMOTIVE Balloon Smokestack?

Is it just a screen spark arrestor?  Ive been seeking unsuccessfully for a cutaway diagram.

Topic by Toga_Dan 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

How do I make custom balloon art? (Not balloon animals)

Hi I was interested in making balloons in different shapes. Similar in make to beach toys or those inflatable chairs. I'm having trouble finding information on how to make them from scratch. I'm assuming they're made of vinyl sheets but I'm not sure of the method to cut and connect them together, or where to obtain those air valves common on all inflatable balloons. Any information would be great. Thanks!

Question by redyellow 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How to build beach balloon tires?

What would be the best way to attach ~ detach a set of wheels to a boat ... to move across soft sand ?  .. weight capacity = 500 lbs How to build balloon sand tires thanx ~Frog~

Question by ~Frog~ 8 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

some kid bought some balloons to my school from bali but they were bubbles which dont pop? Answered

Does anyone know where i can buy them online or have pics pleeeeeeeeeeeese

Question by zombiefire 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Can you push the neck of a ballon into its self, thus plugging the balloon and preventing any air to come out? Answered

What is(if there is any) the method to do this? I've always wondered this and want an answer. (i don't even know if it WOULD plug the balloon when it was pushed inside.)

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Rockoon Project

I've seen many high altitude balloon projects and many rocketry projects on the web.  These seem to be pretty established hobbies. The I got to wondering if anyone out there had ever heard of any amateur rockoon projects? If you haven't heard of a rockoon, it is a combination of the word "rocket" and "balloon".  The concept is that a balloon is used to tow a rocket to a high altitude and then lauched. When I've searched around, most of the references I find are to the use of rockoons by Van Allen (of radiation belt fame)in the course of his research back in the 1950's.  The only thing close to anything like an amateur attempt that I found on the web was by a group called JP Aerospace back in the 90's. I'm not necessarily contemplating any such project myself, I just find it a fascinating possiblity.   And like the many amateur high altitude balloon lauches and high power rocketry, it is amazing what people put together.  I wonder if it would be feasible for a high altitude balloon plus high powered model rocket to ever technically reach the internationally recognized altitude of ~100km considered "outer space". I know that both high altitude balloons and high powered rocketry have their own FAA (or equivalent agency) approval hoops to jump through. Perhaps they just wouldn't allow it, or it would be so much red tape that no one attempts it. Even a low altitude rockoon, of a small ~3ft diameter weather balloon towing a standard model rocket would be an interesting project, for the technical challenge of pulling it off successfully. Anyway, if anyone has ever heard of amateur rockoon attempts or your own musings on the topic, I'd be interested in hearing about it!

Topic by LargeMouthBass 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Can a vacuum balloon be built with current material technologies? Answered

A balloon's bouyancy (lifting force) is a function of how much air it displaces. Today's balloons use hot air, hydrogen, helium and other lighter than air gases for lift. In 1670 Franceso de Lana, an italian monk, proposed the use of a vacuum. One major problem is how to make the structure light enough to support a vacuum without collapsing in on itself due to the outside pressure.

Question by sansoy 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 months ago

How can I make a giant version of a latex (rubber) balloon?

I wanted to make a giant balloon to tie onto myself and jump up and down really high. I suppose a pogostick does the same thing, but a giant balloon seems cool as well.

Question by ANDY! 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

holiday inflatable - giant floating (indoor) balloon

 We have a Gemmy inflatable at work (a giant Homer Simpson -- about 8 feet tall) and we were wondering if we could somehow fill it with helium and float it on the ceiling. We're concerned that it's too permeable (when the fan is not going, it deflates FAST).  One idea was to coat the inside with polyurethane (turning the fan on to blow it throughout the balloon) but that seems like it wouldn't work very well (too patchy), and could make it too heavy. Another option would be to take a bunch of balloons, insert them into the Homer, and then inflate the smaller balloons (and tie them off). Any other thoughts or suggestions?

Topic by jeffreality 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Teens take pics from edge of space with a balloon

With a latex balloon, a camera, and some home-built electronics, four teens in Spain managed to get pictures from 20 miles up! The balloon was inflated with helium, the camera and electronics were attached and away it went up to 100,000 feet before it popped and returned to earth. The camera was still snapping away when the students picked it up 10km from the launch site.Team leader Gerard Marull, 18, said: "We were overwhelmed at our results, especially the photographs, to send our handmade craft to the edge of space is incredible."Completing their landmark experiment on February, the Meteotek team had to account for a wide variety of variables and rely on a lot of luck."The balloon we chose was inflated with helium to just over two metres and weighed just 1500 grams," said Gerard. "It was able to carry the sensor equipment and digital Nikon camera which weighed 1.5kg. Link

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do I get a solid balloon shape? Using a 3 Foot diameter latex balloon, need to fill with a solid, smooth material?

First:  Thank You Already for Considering helping me. I need the shape of the Inside of the balloon - not the outside like papermache'. I tried Canned Foam Insulation "Great Stuff" brand; but it didn't expand and solidify.  Then I need to cut it in half to get a hemi-sphere / hemi-balloon shape.  A shape like half an egg, but 30" long, 19" wide, and 9" deep if laid on the flat side. Will Gorrilla Glue puff up and stretch out the balloon?  Is there some kind of expanding urethane that doesn't need free air to cure? Will a rubber mold making liquid like Vytaflex fill a balloon to it's "real shape" and cure inside without air?;=1 is a video of making a sink mold from an existing vessel sink.  But I don't have an original of this shape to make a copy of. Ice isn't permanent enough, but would be the perfect slick surface texture.  I don't have the tools to cut a 30x19" sphereoid in half neatly. The goal is to get a solid shape with a smooth surface to use as a mold for pouring material over to achieve a "bowl" shape with a very smooth interior surface and a hand formed outer surface. thanks again

Question by rubyintherough 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

I need advice on creating or buying a lightweight battery operated internal light for a 7ft helium balloon. BRIGHT

7ft helium blimp internal lighting project needs suggestions.  Anybody please?

Question by glnpar 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

who out there likes balloon/glove guns aswell as me? beacause i dont know anybody who does. Answered

Please post pics of ones you made.

Question by DELETED_chrizw123 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

will a beach ball leak when filled with helium? Answered

Hi, i am making a weather balloon and as a cheaper alternative to proper weather-balloon balloons I would like to use a beach ball. my only questions are whether it will leak, and if there is anything else I should know about filling things with helium?

Question by cheeseboy 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Top Builder Challenge: Balloon Car

Take the Challenge! Become a Design Squad Top Builder! Design an air-powered balloon car that can zip across the floor. You can use all kinds of materials for your balloon car's body, axles, and wheels. But the jet must include a balloon! Watch the video to see Nate and his friends Desi, AJ, Zara, and Anna design their balloon cars. You can find instructions to get started on your own balloon car in our Build section. Enter the Top Builder: Balloon Car Challenge by logging in to the Design Squad website and submitting a photo of your design using this form on or before March 27, 2013. Be sure to tell us how far your balloon car traveled! We'll highlight some of the most creative balloon cars and then you can vote for your fave. The Builder with the most votes earns a special sticker for use on the Design Squad website.

Topic by designsquad 6 years ago

Failed Experimentation : Trash bags solar balloon

.Solar balloon made with 20 litres trash bags don't take flight.It's too small and too heavy ...Don't even try : it does not work =o)(go here instead)

Topic by chooseausername 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

I want a balloon to "pop" at the touch of a sharp knife. Storing a ballon to optimum stretch inside a cake?

I made 1 excellent exploding cake with a balloon. I haven't been able to replicate the event as successfully. I need the balloon to be maximally inflated, to the point it will go "pop"! when the merest touch of a sharp blade touches it. Also if the balloon is concealed inside a whip cream, cake combo, does hot or cold temperature affect the expansion of the balloon? Is there anyone out there who has experience, or can solve this dilemma for me?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

painting 7' latex balloon to look like the moon

Hello out there curious and creative Instructables! I am planning on turning a 7' white latex balloon into the Moon. I plan on painting it after it is inflated. I wondered if anyone has had any experience painting on balloons. What kind of paint will adhere and flex with the balloon? I also intend to light it from inside so the it will "glow". I don't know how to determine what kind/how many LED's to use to create the right amount of glow. Since the balloon will be large, do I need to worry about the heat from the LED's? I can keep the battery or AC connection on the outside of the balloon and above it on the ceiling so that it will not show. Put your thinking caps on and help me out once again.Thanks!'

Topic by addinar 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How to make Balloon Beach Tires

Has anyone made Sand tires for soft sand .. to move boat to the water ? .. weight capacity =500 lbs.

Topic by ~Frog~ 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Robotic Gripper Runs on Coffee and Balloons - Updated with video

I'm just on FIAH with these Topics. But this one's cool too. Via ScienceDaily: A collaboration between researchers from Cornell, University of Chicago, and iRobot has resulted in a robot gripper that conforms to practically any object. From the article: Here's how it works: An everyday party balloon filled with ground coffee -- any variety will do -- is attached to a robotic arm. The coffee-filled balloon presses down and deforms around the desired object, and then a vacuum sucks the air out of the balloon, solidifying its grip. When the vacuum is released, the balloon becomes soft again, and the gripper lets go. This sounds like another hi-tech device that could easily be duplicated by a DIYer. All you need is a balloon, coffee grounds, and a vacuum pump. Update 2 November: Found the video! It gives a much better idea of how the thing works. Via, image from same.

Topic by CameronSS 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Help designing/building High Altitude Balloon cut-away system

I am working with my kids to put together a High Altitude Balloon launch to take pictures. I am stuck at building a system to cutaway the balloon in the event that it does not reach burst altitude. Any help, or resources that would get me going would be appreciated. I am leaning towards a system that can me initiated from the ground via ham radio, as well as timer based in the event of communication failure. Thanks!

Topic by joatman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

High Altitude Balloon: Could you steadily release helium as you gain altitude to prevent bursting?

I have recently been researching privately made High Altitude Balloons. Making something that can travel a third of the way to space while taking pictures and/or measurements sounds like a very cool project. Typically these balloons pop before reaching anywhere near space. While researching I had a small "Eureka!" moment for a potential fix for this issue. It might be possible to take these balloons farther up if you slowly release helium in correlation with altitude. Perhaps by measuring the size of the balloon as it expands upwards and out, and then releasing helium with an electronic valve until it returns to proper size.  I have the nagging feeling however I am not considering everything though. Is there some principle of 'The way things be' that prevents this method from working correctly? Would the lift of helium increase with distance from the earth significantly enough not to drag the craft down when you release helium? Or would the helium loose its effectiveness the thinner the atmosphere became? Any help I can receive in being unflummoxed is greatly appreciated.

Question by TheIronHobo 4 years ago  |  last reply 2 months ago

DIY Helium Flying Saucer floated away with 6 YO Boy

OCT 15th 2009 Noon PST A CO boy climbed into a Helium filled Flying Saucer shaped balloon his Dad made. The 6 YO climbed in and released the balloon. It left Fort Collins CO and is flying East across CO. is covering live.

Topic by SFHandyman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

R/C Blimp Z-Axis?

If I wanted an R/C blimp, I could control the direction easily enough with propellers, but how could I control vertical ascent/descent?Is there, perhaps, such thing as a pump small enough, yet strong to regulate the helium pressure? (Compress to/from something like a CO2 cartridge?)

Question by PS118 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Airsoft grenades that dont used explosives, Vinegar or baking soda, or balloons filled with water and bbs?

Sorry about the pickiness of the nade but i dont have access to that stuff and Balloons just dont work ( unless if u can find a good idea of how to use balloon nades).

Question by Matt21497 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Need help with a prank (filling up 38,000 12in ballons)

As a prank at my school i and a group of friends are going to fill the ceiling of the school with 38000 12in latex balloons We already have a bulk balloon and helum supplier the only thing is that it is going to take a lot of time in order to inflate and tie all those balloons i saw this and thought this might help but stil

Topic by markomo531161 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

super water guns

SUPER HOMEMADE BALLOON PUMP WATER GUNS hello, I was wondering if you can make an instructable about an easy water gun, without going to the store. this is part challenge, I you can use a balloon pump, any plastic pvc pipes, maybe a soda bottle for storing water, and other stuff like a water balloon just doing nothing around your house. be creative, and please reply! (this isn't only for fun)

Topic by commentnlookr 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Priest on party-balloons flight goes missing

"A Roman Catholic priest who floated off under hundreds of helium party balloons was missing Monday off the southern coast of Brazil."Link via CNNIt is hard to tell if this is funny or sad. -On one hand, anyone who attempts to break the record for longest party balloon flight is knowingly risking their life, and therefore open to be criticized / mocked when the likely outcome occurs.-On the other hand, this was a priest trying to raise money for a cause.-But back on the other hand, the cause he was trying to raise money for was a trucker's rest stop.It is a close call, but that is two in favor in puns, and one against. The puns have it!

Topic by Tetranitrate 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Really Cool, Solar Powered, Balloon Carried, LED Lit, GPS Tracked Project

Hey everyone! I have this pretty sick idea for a project, but I need some help with the details. Basically, it's a cube tied to a balloon, and inside the cube, there is a GPS device, back up batteries, LEDs (sticking out through the sides), a noise maker (the one from Make Magazine #14, will explain later), a cell phone, a cell phone charger, and instructions. Also, I will hope to have the cube be solar powered. So, what I will do is send off the balloon with cube attached, and the wind will hopefully bring it to someone, but if it doesn't, not to worry, the LEDs and noise machiche will catch peoples attention. When someone finds it, they will read the instructions, and continue the chain. Here is what I need help with, having basically no electronics skill: 1: Where can I purchase balloons that are really thick? 2: How will I make the cube waterproof? 3: Right now, I'm pretty sure that the smallest trackable GPS device is a cell phone (being tracked by Mologogo). Is there anything smaller/easier? 4: Would a solar panel be able to power everything in the cube? 5: How can I wire it so the batteries can power the cube when there is insufficent light, and the solar panel can charge the batteries when there's light? 6: How do I put it together? 7: Is there anything I'm overlooking? 8: How's your day going?

Topic by TWO-BY-FOUR 10 years ago

i'm looking for an idea to make and float ghost props on Halloween.

I've seen a couple instructables on ghosts in here, but not one that fit the bill. This year I tried a helium filled balloon with white material on it. The idea was to use an LED inside the white balloon, drape the material over the balloon and let it float in my front yard. Secure it with fishing string. But the lightest material I found was still too heavy for the balloon. The material wasn't cheesecloth, but as close to it as i could find. Any ideas or recommendations?

Question by klwdesigns 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago