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A realistic balloon snake that is easy to make.

Indeed, although this balloon snake seems pretty realistic, it is not that complicated to make.

You will have to use three modeling balloons and take slightly more time that if you were making a one-balloon figure. But the result is well worth it!

 

Video Tutorial

Video in French, with English subtitles

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Hi! In this tutorial, I'd like to show you how to make a balloon snake.

This newer model is fairly simple to carry out, and still... it's very lifelike. Just wait and see!

For this, you'll need three modeling balloons. I've opted for two green balloons, for the body and the head, and one red balloon, for the eyes and tongue.

We're going to start by inflating the first green balloon, but not all the way to the tip. Leave a wide margin... it should be a lot longer than the width of your hand.

Tie the knot, and press the rest of the balloon a bit, so that it's supple to work with.

We're going to start by twisting a bubble, make it nice and round. And we're going to keep the bubble in place with two fingers, like this.

We're going to measure out, roughly, about a fifth... we need five equal parts, so we're going to bend it to get five parts. And we're only going to use the first two...
the first two-fifths of the balloon, like this, to make a loop.

So don't forget to keep pushing the air towards the tip of the balloon.

We are now going to twist a long sausage-shaped bubble, that should be the same length as the loop.

Just after this sausage bubble, we're going to twist a small, round bubble.

Then, we're going to bring the rest of the balloon back towards the first sausage bubble, which is going to allow us to twist a second sausage bubble, the same size as the first one.

Press the two sausage bubbles together, at their shared base, and, twist.

There, now you have a loop on one side, and on the other side, two sausage bubbles and a little round bubble, following those.

We are now going to turn this little bubble into a pinch-twist. There!

Press the rest of the balloon again, to push the air forward.

Make sure the sausage bubble is the same size as the loop, and the two other sausage bubbles, and tie a knot.

There we are! You should have something that looks like this. Here, we got lucky, because the rest of the balloon was just the right length. If it were too long, all you'd have to do is let a bit of air out (cut the tip then tie a knot).

Now, we can inflate the red balloon. But I don't want the balloon to start right there, at the nozzle. So I'm going to guide the air along with my fingers, so that the balloon's only inflated past a certain point. And tie a knot.

You want the balloon to be about the length... in fact a bit wider... than the length of your hand.

We're going to divide this big sausage bubble, into two smaller ones, of equal size, and, tie them together.

Once the knot is done, we're going to take the tip of the balloon, which still has a bit of air left in it. And we're going to coil it up... we're going to feed it... through to the other side of the two bubbles, and pass it around the part where the two bubbles meet, to have it wedged in like this.

Now, back to the green balloon. What we're going to do is align the two red eyes with the two big, green, sausage bubbles. The side that's going to become the tongue needs to be facing the same way as the pinch-twist.

Take the balloon knot, and, wedge it at the base of the green loop. Twist it around a few times. And, look, I've left a bit of a gap. It doesn't need to be too tight!

Once we've done this, we're going to bring the red eyes close to the last sausage bubble, which has that last little bit of green balloon hanging at the end. And this time, we're going to tie a knot that's very tight.

Take a pair of scissors, and cut off the excess green balloon, we won't need it anymore.

Next, we need to bring the eyes up close to the pinch-twist, take hold of the tongue, and wrap it around the pinch-twist.

Once the tongue is attached to the pinch-twist... to the base of the pinch-twist... we're going to sharpen out the loop. Like in the tutorial on how form angles.

Now, we're going to lodge the last sausage bubble inside the loop. To do this, you need to go slowly, There... see... like this. And we're going to feed the pinch-twist through to the other side of the loop. And, of course, the tongue... we're going to pass it through as well, and lodge it in-between the base of the loop
and the pinch-twist. Like that!

Rearrange all the bits of balloon, to get the eyes bulging out on either side, and there we have it, the snake's head!

Now let's move to the last green balloon which we're going to inflate all the way. But before you tie the knot, you need to let out a little air, so the balloon stays supple from nozzle to tip. Now tie the knot.

So here we're going to tie both knots together. The knot for the snake's body, and the knot behind the small bubble, that stayed at the base of the snake's head.

If you have a bit of red balloon sticking out, you can hide it inside the head, or... cut it off, it's your call!

Make the small bubble into a pinch-twist. Then twist a second bubble, that we're going to turn into another pinch-twist.

These two pinch-twists will ensure that the body and head of the snake are solidely fastened together. They also enable us to direct the whole thing in whichever direction we want. For instance, like this, I can have a snake laid out flat, and like that, I can have the snake stick out its head. You decide what you prefer!

Next, we need to make zigzags in the snake's body. Here, my first zigzag is facing straight up, and the other ones are facing horizontally. And usually, I like to start with longer zigzags, and finish with shorter ones. I don't know if you've ever seen how a snake moves in waves, but often the waves tend to be a lot shorter,
towards the tail, than they are nearer the head.

Ok, that's all for today! So I'll say:

See you soon... For another lesson... with Môssieur Ballon !

No! No! Not the fingers! Not the fingers, aghhh!!!!!

 

Step-By-Step Photo Guide

 

1- You will need three "260" balloons. Two green for the body and one red for the eyes and tongue.
2- Inflate one of the green "260".
3- Leave the equivalent of about 7 fingers wide not inflated (but don't worry too much about it since we will scrap unneeded balloon length later on).
4- Form one round bubble right after the knot.
5- Holding that first bubble in place, fold the balloon roughly to help you evaluate more or less the fifth part of its length.
6- Fold the 2 first fifth parts together (you can let the other parts loose for now).
7- And form a loop right after the first bubble.
8- Then form a long "sausage" bubble more or less where the end of the 3rd of the fifth parts were. In other words form a bubble about as long as the loop.
9- Form a round bubble right after that long "sausage" bubble.
10- And fold the rest of the balloon alongside that long "sausage" bubble.
11- It should now be easy for you to form another long sausage bubble that will be the exact same length as the previous one.
12- You will now be able to twist both long bubbles together around their base.
13- You should now obtain a figure that looks roughly like this one.
14- Finally, take hold of the round bubble between the two long ones (that you have just twisted together).
15- And transform it into a pinch-twist.
16- Check the length of the remaining part of the balloon... it shouldn't be longer than the last two "sausage" bubbles.
17- If it is too long, like it is here for instance, simply twist the balloon to form one last "sausage" bubble of the proper length,
18- And do a small incision with a scissor at the end of the non inflated part to let the air escape.
19- Then do a knot at the end of the last "sausage" bubble.
20- And you should now obtain a figure that looks roughly like this one (the green "260" I used here happened to be quite thick, so the non inflated part still holds quite straight, while yours may slag somewhat...).
21- Now take the red "260" and inflate it so that you obtain a bubble which should be about as long as the width of your palm and where there should be some slack between the knot and the "mouth" of the balloon.
22- As you'll notice later, the longer the slack, the shorter the size of the tongue. Then fold that long bubble into two smaller bubbles of equal length.
23- Attach these two bubbles together, using the slack and the remnant of the non inflated part of the red balloon (the future tongue).
24- Once the knot is done, bring only the non inflated part of the red balloon on the other side of the two bubbles and make it go around their joint base.
25- Pull tight...
26- So that you obtain something like this. It will form the eyes and the tongue of the balloon snake.
27- Align the two red "eyes" alongside the last two "sausage" bubbles of the green balloon, so that the red "tongue" of the snake is beside the green pinch-twist .
28- Attach the red slack (the part with the knot), at the base of the green loop (which is also the base of the three sausage bubbles). This doesn't have to be too tight.
29- Cut the extra slack if needed.
30- Next, attach the remnant of the green balloon and the remnant of the red balloon together at their base.
31- Contrary to the previous step, the knot should be quite tight.
32- Cut the rest of the green balloon, but keep the rest of the red balloon (the tongue of the snake).
33- Bring the pinch-twist closer to the red balloon.
34- Lock the base of the tongue around the pinch-twist.
35- You should get something like this...
36- Now take the loop and flatten it between your two palms.
37- If necessary pinching its tip to "sharpen" it as much as possible, as shown in the "Make Angles With Balloons" tutorial.
38- You should obtain a figure similar to this one.
39- Now, delicately push the last green "sausage" bubble (the one that has been attached to the pinch-twist) through the loop.
40- Until it is perfectly lodged in the center of the loop.
41- Pull the pinch-twist through and edge it against the tip of the loop.
42- Pull the tongue through as well.
43- And tuck it between the pinch-twist and the criss formed under the tip of the loop.
44- Now fully inflate the last green "260", let a bit of air escape so that it is nice and supple, and make a knot.
45- Attach it to the knot of the bubble located behind the head of the snake.
46- And transform this bubble into a pinch twist.
47- Twist another bubble to make a second pinch-twist.
48- These two pinch-twists will keep both body and head tightly joined together. They will also be very useful for pointing the head in any direction or angle.
49- For the body of the snake we simply have to make a series of zigzags (again, refer to the "Make Angles With Balloons" tutorial if necessary).
50- According to the way you do your zigzags, the snake's head can be on the same horizontal plane as its body.
51- Or the snake can lift its head up while the rest of its body stays on the ground. Play with a few positions until you find the one you prefer.
And that was the end of this lesson!

 

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Basic balloon twisting techniques used in this tutorial: