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And here is a great new model for beginners: the love heart.

This figures is extremely popular all year around, but even more so on Valentine's day.

To execute this model, you must know how to control air pressure in balloons and form roundish shapes and sharp angles, as well as make pinch-twists.

 

Video Tutorial

(Video in French, with English subtitles)

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Hi!

Swords? Those are for boys...

What about the girls?

I know, love hearts!

Well, actually... That was before!

To start, inflate a balloon completely.

But before tying the knot, you'll have to let out a bit of air, this leaves the balloon supple and malleable.

Make sure air pressure is evenly balanced from the knot to the tip of the balloon.

Then, twist a small bubble just after the knot.

Next, bring the end of the balloon beside the bubble, and embed it into the crease, so as to form another bubble.

This second bubble should be a bit larger than the first.

Next, go back to the first bubble, the one ending with the knot, and make it into a pinch-twist.

The pinch-twist should sit in the gap formed by the intersection of the loop and the bigger bubble.

Check one more time that the air pressure is equally distributed the full length of the loop.

Then, using the middle of the loop as your bearing, grab each side of the loop in your hands, and bring them together.

This way, you fold the loop into two perfectly equal parts.

Form an acute angle from this bend.

Accentuate the curve of the top of each side of the love heart.

To finish, look at the love heart sideways, to check its alignment, and make corrections as needed.

There!

I love you!

See you soon,

For another lesson...

With Môssieur Ballon!

Thump thump...

Thump thump...

 

Step-By-Step Photo Guide

 

1- Inflate a balloon all the way, let a little air out before tying the knot so that the balloon is supple and easy to work with, and make sure air pressure is constant all along the balloon.
2- Start by making a bubble, nice and round
3- Bring the tip of the balloon against the crease located under the bubble.
4- Wedge the tip of the balloon inside this crease, so as to create a new bubble at the end of the balloon.
5- Block these two bubbles together. The second bubble will have to be a little longer than the first one.
6- Turn the first bubble (the one with the knot) into a pinch-twist.
7- Then, wedge the pinch-twist into the crease formed where the loop and the last bubble intersect, as shown above.
8- Find the middle of the loop, located across from the bubble and pinch-twist
9- Take the loop in your hands, folding the middle of the loop inward, as shown above.
10- Bring the two upper sides of the loop against each other and hold them together with your support hand. The middle of the loop is now bent downwards
11- Turn this bend into an acute angle with your twisting hand.
12- While holding the tip of the acute angle with your support hand, use your twisting hand to accentuate the curve on the upper right (or left, whichever) side of the love heart.
13- Still keeping the tip of the angle in place, swap hands and do it again; this time, exceptionnally, it's the support hand that you'll use to accentuate the curve on the other upper side of the heart, while the twisting hand will be holding the central angle of the love heart in place.
14- Lastly, slowly ease back on the angle which should stay in place on its own. Which should give you this beautiful love heart!

And that was the end of this lesson!

 

Document pdf Download the PDF guide sheet with detailed photos of each step

 

Basic balloon twisting techniques used in this tutorial: