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How to make Pinch-Twists.

Basically a pinched bubble which is often used to make ears, like in the tiger tutorial, but also to consolidate certain parts of a sculpture, like in the frog tutorial.

This tutorial is in two parts, the first one is a detailed video which is followed by a step by step photo guide. Last but not least, a comment section is now available if you need support.

 

Video Tutorial

Video in French, with English subtitles (if captions do not automatically display in your favorite language, you simply need to modify YouTube parameters at the bottom right of the video screen).

Hello!

Another basic technique that should not be neglected is making "Pinch-Twists", or what I like to call "beans"!

So look carefully. You start with two bubbles in a row, the second one nice and round if you can manage.

At the start, I place a finger in the middle, to pull the bubble back, so it doesn't impede the pinching movement we're doing on both ends of the bubble. This allows me to block everything together very easily. There!

Well, you can still do this without pulling with your finger. For example, here, I'm pinching, I'm twisting... Well, sure... it still works. But it creates needless friction on the balloon, and with it a bigger chance of the bubble bursting!

No, the best is: one bubble, two bubbles, pull a little, pinch right in the middle, and twist! Go on! Practice making at least a dozen of these in a row. One bubble, two bubbles, pull a little, pinch right in the middle, and twist! And so on, and so forth!

So do practice this technique. "Pinch-twists" can be found in the tiger's ears, and in many other creations.

So... see you soon! For some new lessons with Mossieur Ballon!

 

Step-By-Step Photo Guide

 

making balloon pinch-twists, step 1
1- To practice making a string of pinch-twists, inflate a modeling balloon about a third of the way.
making balloon pinch-twists, step 2
2- Start by making a first bubble...
making balloon pinch-twists, step 3
3- Then a second one...
making balloon pinch-twists, step 4
4- Bend the balloon at the second bubble, so that the bubble is sticking out from your support hand.
making balloon pinch-twists, step 5
5- Insert the pointer of your support hand under this second bubble to pull it out of the way, and so that it's easier to hold between your thumb and middle finger.
making balloon pinch-twists, step 6
6- Once the bubble is firmly secured, you need to pinch it, and then twist it several times around the base (hence the name: pinch-twist).
making balloon pinch-twists, step 7
7- You need to twist it at least 3 or 4 times around its base.
making balloon pinch-twists, step 8
8- Having done so, you get a bubble that looks like a bean or an ear.
making balloon pinch-twists, step 9
9- To practice further, make two more bubbles following the first one…
making balloon pinch-twists, step 10
10- Bend the balloon again so the last bubble is sticking out from your support hand.
making balloon pinch-twists, step 11
11- Insert the pointer of your support hand under this last bubble to pull it out of the way, and so that it's easier to hold between your thumb and middle finger.
making balloon pinch-twists, step 12
12- And once you have the bubble firmly in your hand, pinch the bubble and twist it several times around the base.
making balloon pinch-twists, step 13
13- This gives you a second pinch-twist.
making balloon pinch-twists, step 14
14- Rinse and repeat as many times as you like!
making balloon pinch-twists, last step
15- You should now be able to make a pinch-twist!

 

 

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