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|Learn the Different Ways to Twist a Balloon
Every balloon sculpture is made up of the same twists. If you look at any balloon animal you will see that you can break it down into these different twists.
The different twists are:
- Link / Sausage - as you can see it
looks pretty much like to sounds. It is used for many different
things, like the head of a dog, and most section of an animals body
are made up of it.
- Lock / Fold - It is made of two consecutive
link twists. It is used for things like the legs of animals like
dogs and horses.
- Pedal - it is basically a long link twist
that has been fold twisted back into itself. It is mainly used for
the flower pedals and leaves. But you can also see it in the handle
on many balloon swords.
- Ear (Teddy Bear) - named because it used to
make a teddy bear's ear. It is a small pedal twist. Where the length
of the pedal twist above is about 5 inches, the length of the ear
twist is less than an inch. It is used mainly to make the ears of
various animals, but it can also be used to make the joints of arms
and legs. It is also used to reinforce areas, to make certain areas
of the balloon stand up straight or lean a certain way.
- Poodle Tail - Recognizable as the tail of
the classic balloon poodle. It is the end section of a balloon where
there is an area of un-inflated balloon between two areas of
- Bend - Simple enough. It is when you bend
the balloon and have it take the shape you give it. To do this you
bend the balloon, squeeze the air out of the area you want to bend,
then release the squeeze and let the air quickly re-inflate the
area. The balloon will keep the new form you gave it.
- Apple - It looks like an apple, that is why
they call it an apple twist. it is seamless. the knot that ties the
balloon is inserted into the balloon, gripped from the outside, and
twisted off, and reinserted into the middle of the "apple".