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Here is the last basic technique a beginner should master in the course of this primer series on balloon twisting: the tulip twist.

We will use this technique soon in our next tutorial: How to make a balloon flower.

 

Video Tutorial

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Hello !

I would now like for us to work on a technique called: "tulip twist".

We must insert an index into the balloon this way, so that we push the balloon knot inside the ballon.

Then, the idea, with the other hand is to catch the knot through the balloon skin, and hold it firmly!

Once the knot is held securely with the other hand, we must very carefully extirpate the index from the balloon, with the help of the thumb and the major if necessary, by a few successive light tractions.

Be very careful not to do this too bruskly, otherwise the balloon could burst!

And finally, just twist the balloon, just like you would while making a classic bubble! The knot is now stuck on the other side of the tulip-twist.

Now, if we want to use the tulip-twist for a flower, all we would do is insert the petals directly in this fold.

On the other hand, if we wanted to leave use the tulip-twist on its own, we would have to push back the balloon a little bit inside the tulip-twist, to lock the knot a bit more securely.

You will see, tulip-twists are used, for example to make flowers, where they go in between petals, we will soon see that in another lesson.

Also, to make car wheels, etc, etc, it's a very important technique which you must learn to master!

That's it for today. See you very soon, for another lesson... with Môssieur Ballon!

 

Step-By-Step Photo Guide

 

1- To practice, inflate a balloon to any length.
2- Place the forefinger of your twisting hand on the balloon knot.
3- Press on the knot to push it inside the balloon.
4- Push your finger inside fairly deeply so that the knot (inside the balloon) ends up in reach of the thumb and forefinger of your support hand (outside the balloon).
5- Catch the knot through the balloon with the thumb and forefinger of your support hand, and hold it firmly in place.
6- While firmly keeping the knot inside the balloon, slowly pull out the forefinger of your twisting hand from the balloon, if necessary by using the thumb and middle finger of the same hand (or any other available finger) in order to ease the pressure of the air surrounding your forefinger, caught inside the balloon.
7- This movement must be carried out very gently, so that you can pull your finger out of the balloon without making it burst (the balloon, that is).
8- Using your twisting hand, press the balloon near the knot, still held in place through the sides of the balloon by your support hand.
9- Press... and twist, to make a bubble which will trap the knot inside the remaining segment of balloon.
10- Through the balloon, you can make out the knot trapped outside the tulip-twist. If you wedge another balloon part (flower petals for instance) into the fold between the tulip-twist and the remaining segment of balloon, the tulip-twist will be secure and will not be at risk of getting undone.
11- If there's no intention of using another balloon part to secure the fold, you will then have to gently push the knot back inside the tulip-twist while twisting it around its axis.
12- Through the balloon, you can clearly make out the knot, caught and secure in the middle of the tulip-twist.
13- And here is our finished tulip-twist!

And that was the end of this lesson!

 

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