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.
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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.
I love you!
See you soon,
For another lesson...
With Môssieur Ballon!
Step-By-Step Photo Guide
Basic balloon twisting techniques used in this tutorial:
- How to tie a balloon knot
- How to make a bubble
- How to give a curved shape to a segment of modeling balloon
- How to make a sharp angle on a segment of modelling balloon
- How to make pinch-twist
- How to manage air pressure in a balloon sculpture
- How to make a loop