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Topic: Tutorial - Learn how to Twist a Dog Balloon!  (Read 731 times)
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« on: March 23, 2009 12:56:54 PM »


To make your first animal balloon, a dog, you will need a long, skinny #260 pencil balloon. These and small hand pumps may be purchased at www.centurynovelty.com. (This book does not endorse this company and is in no way linked to them.)

#260 Pencil Balloon


The nozzle end of a balloon is where the knot is tied. The nipple end is opposite the knot.

Inflation


To inflate, stretch the balloon a few times to soften the rubber, then stretch the balloon to about twice its normal length and begin inflating by using your cheek muscles to force air and start a bubble, then blow up the rest of the balloon by blowing with your chest muscles.

Balloon blowing is serious exercise. Not quite as much as a marathon, but it takes almost as much lung capacity. Try it, you wont laugh. After a few weeks of practice, the dizziness should subside. Some will say its technique and not strength, but dont believe them.  

If you would prefer not to pass out, use a balloon pump to pump the balloon by hand.

Remember not to inflate the pencil balloon all the way to the end since each twist pushes air toward the nipple end of the balloon. If a balloon is fully inflated, you will only be able to make a couple of twists which is not enough to sculpt much of anything.

Once the balloon is inflated, it is easier to tie a knot at the end of the balloon if you let out a little bit of air first before tying a knot.

Basic Bubble Twist



The basic bubble twist is the most commonly used in balloon sculpture. Holding an inflated pencil balloon in your hands, twist your hands in opposite directions and a bubble is formed. Each bubble should be twisted 360 degrees to ensure the bubble does not untwist.

The Dog

To sculpt the dog, first, inflate a pencil balloon almost full and tie at the nozzle end. Leave about five inches not inflated.


Twist three equal sized medium bubbles. Each one should be about two inches long. To form the head and two ears, twist together at points A & B.


Next, twist three more equal medium-sized bubbles (4, 5, & 6). The neck and front legs are formed by twist connecting together at points C & D.


Twist a long bubble for the body (7) and two equal medium-sized bubbles (8 & 9) for the legs. To form the body and back legs, twist connect together at points E & F.

The remaining balloon is the tail (bubble 10). Its suggested to always leave some part of the balloon empty because every twist pushes some of the air to the end of the balloon. Once youve made a couple, you will get the feel for how much empty balloon you will need at the end. Experiment with some tails being almost fully inflated and others that are only a small bubble with a long empty tail.  Done. Enjoy!

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009 05:46:27 PM »

Ooh neat! I've always wondered how they make those. Smiley
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