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It's been such a long time since last time I published,  that to make up for it... here is a twin tutorial!!

In this twin tutorial you will therefore learn to make a horse (with 1 balloon) and... a unicorn (with 2 balloons).

Indeed a unicorn looks very much like a horse except for the horn and the colors.

Please note that these two models are not really suitable for beginners. You will need quite a bit of balloon modeling practice before you can do these models satisfactorily.

I would highly encourage you to follow the tutorial in its entirety. Learning first to do the balloon horse will give more chance of success with the balloon unicorn.

This article is divided into two complementary sections: a detailled video tutorial followed by a step by step photo guide. Last but not least, a comment section has recently been added for feedback and questions.

Items needed

  • 1 black marker
  • 1 light brown modeling balloon
  • 1 white modeling balloon
  • 1 pink modeling balloon

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!

Yes... I know... it's been a long time we haven't seen each others... therefore, to show how repentant I am, it is not one tutorial I am offering you today, but two! Indeed, I wanted to teach you how to make a unicorn. However, if we think about it, a unicorn looks a lot like a horse... with a horn! I will therefore teach you how to make a horse and how to make a unicorn!!

Are you ready? Let's go! I took a brown balloon, so we can see it better. To make the horse, it is important not to blow the balloon too much. The knot must be done at the very tip of the balloon. Look, how much extra balloon space we got that way. So, please review the tutorial about air pressure.

Let's start with an eccentric (off-centered ? or offset?) bubble, where the knot will be placed on the side of the bubble, as was done with the giraffe. Two ears... not too big... and not with too much pressure. Then... the neck... it is a horse, not a giraffe, so, a neck much smaller! There it is... like this, and just like before, an 'offset' bubble.

Now we will make the mane. So... we shall make four very small bubbles. There... four small bubbles... all exactly with the same size, which we will tuck behind the ears. And now we will make, four other bubbles exactly with the same size, in parallel. Now... we will pinch the base of the two last bubbles and also pinch the middle of the series of bubbles, this way, and we will rotate, very simply this way, the four bubbles at the base will be rotated against the others, to lock all the bubbles together. There it is, we now have... the horse head.

We will now thin this part of the balloon, but we will try not to push the air all the way to the end, because at this moment, we still need to preserve... preserve this margin of non inflated balloon here. We make a mental note where the half of the balloon, and then the quarter (half of half), and that will help us gauge how to size and make the first front leg, followed by the second front leg, with exactly the same size. Good!!

Now the body, then one back leg, same size as the two front legs, and we do not want to end with a very long tail, and actually, this size is pretty good. Now we will give the tail a proper shape. Hold the tail in the middle, with a smaller bubble on the end part, I pinch firmly on that small bubble, and I release slowly... until I get the desired shape I was looking for.

Well and good! This is my little horse. All that is left to do is a little drawing. And here is the little horse!!

And now, the unicorn!

We will need two balloons, I chose a white balloon for the body and head of the unicorn, and pink, of course, for the mane, the tail and the horn. We shall start by inflating the pink balloon, but, not much, there, that will be for the tail. I tie a knot and put it aside for the moment, I will need it soon. I now inflate the white balloon. but this time, I do not have to worry too much about the air pressure management, which means that I'm inflating it with much less margin than I did for the horse although I do need some nonetheless.

We will start, as we did for the horse, by making a small eccentric (offset) bubble with a fold on the side, followed by the two ears, not too compressed either. There you go. Here, a small variation, we will make a small bubble, which we will turn into a pinch-twist, like this.

For the neck, a bubble a bit longer than the head, at least, which we will angle, so that we can fold eccentrically (on the side), like this. A front leg, a little longer than... Hmm.. wait, I'll push the air forward a bit. A front leg... a little longer than the neck, another front leg which we lock together with the first one as usual, a tummy, but not very long.

And here, for the back legs, we compare with the front legs to ensure we have the same size, but before locking the second leg together with the first one, we hold them this way, and... we get the pink balloon back, which we will tie to the excess of white bubble that we pierce to deflate, and we tie them together. I cut the small bits to ensure they won't get in the way, and now, and only now, will I lock the two back legs together.

And now, we will make a small bubble at the base of the tail, which we will turn into a pinch-twist. The tail must go down with a curve that go this way and then, that way. So, we pinch it, and let it come back... See, here it goes down, which is good, and now, we make it go back up... Maybe we'll do the knot first. We cut the excess balloon that we keep preciously, since we will need it for the mane and for the horn.

And now... Another pinching here, there it is! It is exactly what I wanted. We take back what is left of the pink balloon, which must be inflated a little less than the neck. Tie the knot, like that, and you will then lock this knot with the pinch-twist.

We will now make a series of small bubbles as we did for the horse. One, two, three, but this time, instead of making only four bubbles, we will make five, since this neck is quite big,

four, and five! we lock them at the fold between the neck and the front legs. And then we will come back the other way, with five new bubbles. one, two, three, four, and at this point, the fifth bubble must be a bit larger than the fourth one because, we will try to have... a small bulge at the base of the horn. I lock the horn with its small bulge with the pinch twist, and now, there is a set of 4 bubbles at the base (of the ears), another 4 at the middle, and 2 at the base of the neck, we shall then make the set of 4 bubbles in the middle rotate on itself. There it is!

The only thing left to do now is a little drawing. Here is our lovely little balloon unicorn It definitely involves more work than with the horse. It is a very popular model and is very appreciated.

Well, that is all for today, but let me remind you that all my videos come with a step-by-step photo guide which revisits every detail of the tutorials in a very clear manner. You will find a link in the description of the video, or else, in the little info box that appeared , right there, under my finger.

Well, that's it for me, See you soon, for another lesson, with Môssieur Ballon!

 

Step-By-Step Photo Guide

 

How to Make a Balloon Horse

 

balloon horse twisting step 1
1- You will need one "260" balloon, brown for example. IMPORTANT: Do not inflate it too much, You must leave a generous margin not inflated at the end of the balloon.
balloon horse twisting step 2
2- Make a knot and pull it all the way towards the lip of the balloon,
balloon horse twisting step 3
3- so that it liberates an extra portion of the latex,
balloon horse twisting step 4
4- which will then be filled by the air pressure from within the balloon (Review the tutorial about air pressure management if necessary).
balloon horse twisting step 5
5- Bend the beginning part of the balloon at about 4/5 cm from the lip,
balloon horse twisting step 6
6- pinch the ballon at the angle you just formed,
balloon horse twisting step 7
7- and release that pinch slowly,
balloon horse twisting step 8
8- so that the angle thus formed keeps that shape by itself (Review the tutorial about making angles if necessary).
balloon horse twisting step 9
9- Twist the balloon right after that angle,
balloon horse twisting step 10
10- and make an off-centered bubble (like we did in the giraffe tutorial),
balloon horse twisting step 11
11- followed by 2 small oval bubbles,
balloon horse twisting step 12
12- that we will lock together to form the two ears.
balloon horse twisting step 13
13- To form the neck, we will bend again the balloon, at about 6/7 cm from the head and ears,
balloon horse twisting step 14
14- pinch and release slowly...
balloon horse twisting step 15
15- to form a new angle on the balloon.
balloon horse twisting step 16
16- Twist the ballon right after the angle,
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17- to form another off-centered bubble.
balloon horse twisting step 18
18- We will now start a series of four very small round bubles,
balloon horse twisting step 19
19- which we will lock between the ears and the head of our future horse.
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20- This first series of bubbles will be followed by another series of four very small bubbles of exactly the same size.
balloon horse twisting step 21
21- Now, hold the two series of four bubbles together at the base of the neck,
balloon horse twisting step 22
22- and with your other hand, hold these two series of bubbles together at the middle, between the second and third bubbles of each series.
balloon horse twisting step 23
23- Rotate these four bubbles together (the first and second of both series) between your two hands.
balloon horse twisting step 24
24- The two series of bubbles are now safely locked together.
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25- Roughly estimate a small half of the remaining part of the balloon,
balloon horse twisting step 26
26- and then the quarter (half of half).
balloon horse twisting step 27
27- This is where you will fold and twist the balloon to form a rather long bubble (the first front leg of the horse),
balloon horse twisting step 28
28- which will be followed by a second bubble of exactly the same size (the second front leg of the horse).
balloon horse twisting step 29
29- Once both front legs are locked together, make another smaller bubble for the tummy of the horse.
balloon horse twisting step30
30- Then, another bubble of exactly the same size as the two front legs (which will be the first back leg),
balloon horse twisting step 31
31- followed by another bubble of exactly the same size again (which will be the second back leg).
balloon horse twisting step 32
32- Once you lock the two back legs together, whatever balloon length is left will be used for the tail (it shouldn't be too long, not too compressed).
balloon horse twisting step 33
33- To give the tail a natural flowing shape, first hold it against the back legs and pinch it at about 1 or 2 cm to force the air back up toward the knot, but also towards the end (thus creating an angle). The tail should now go downward,
balloon horse twisting step 34
34- Then pinch the tail half way, but this time in the oposite direction, away from the back legs, and towards the end of the tail.
balloon horse twisting step 35
35- You should get something like this!
balloon horse twisting step 36
36- Take a good marker and draw the eyes on the head.
balloon horse twisting last step
37- And here is our lovely little horse!!

 

How to make a balloon unicorn

 

balloon unicorn twisting step 1
1- Inflate a white balloon leaving a margin of aproximately the width of your hand. Also inflate a pink balloon, but only the width of your hand.
balloon unicorn twisting step 2
2- As we did for the horse, bend and pinch the beginning part of the balloon at about 5 cm from the lip,
balloon unicorn twisting step 3
3- so that the angle thus formed keeps that shape by itself.
balloon unicorn twisting step 4
4-Twist the balloon right after that angle,
balloon unicorn twisting step 5
5- and make an off-centered bubble,
balloon unicorn twisting step 6
6- followed by a slightly oval bubble for the first ear,
balloon unicorn twisting step 7
7- which will also be followed by another oval bubble of same size,
balloon unicorn twisting step 8
8- to form the second ear,
balloon unicorn twisting step 9
9- and lock both ears together.
balloon unicorn twisting step 10
10- Then twist a small round bubble,
balloon unicorn twisting step 11
11- and transform this bubble into a pinch twist,
balloon unicorn twisting step 12
12- which you will slide between the forehead and the ears.
balloon unicorn twisting step 13
13- To form the neck, we will bend, squeeze and release the balloon, at about 7/8 cm from the head (a bit longer than for the horse).
balloon unicorn twisting step 14
14- If you did it correctly (as you should by now) an angle should now be clearly formed on the balloon.
balloon unicorn twisting step 15
15- As you probably guessed, you will now make an off-centered bubble right after the angle,
balloon unicorn twisting step 16
16- followed by a long bubble for the first front leg of the unicorn (it should be a bit bigger than the neck),
balloon unicorn twisting step 17
17- then another bubble of the same size for the second front leg,
balloon unicorn twisting step 18
18- and lock both bubbles together at the base of the neck.
balloon unicorn twisting step 19
19- At this stage, you should have something that looks like this.
balloon unicorn twisting step 20
20- Make another bubble, smaller than the legs, for the tummy,
balloon unicorn twisting step 21
21- followed by a longer bubble for the first back leg, which should have exactly the same size as the front legs,
balloon unicorn twisting step 22
22- then another bubble which should also have the same size for the second back leg.
balloon unicorn twisting step 23
23- But, instead of locking both bubbles together, you will block each one of them between your fingers to prevent them from unravelling,
balloon unicorn twisting step 24
24- so that you can take the pink ballon, slide its knot at the base of the last white bubble and roll it around it a few times.
balloon unicorn twisting step 25
25- Once they are locked together securely, pierce the last white bubble to deflate it,
balloon unicorn twisting step 26
26- and tie that extra bit of white balloon together with the bit of pink balloon where the knot is.
balloon unicorn twisting step 27
27- Trim the excess of white and pink balloon, so they don't get in your way later.
balloon unicorn twisting step 28
28- You can now lock both back legs together,
balloon unicorn twisting step 29
29- and make the tail pass through the legs at least one time to make their bond tighter.
balloon unicorn twisting step 30
30- You should now have something that looks like this.
balloon unicorn twisting step 31
31- Twist a very small bubble at the base of the pink balloon,
balloon unicorn twisting step 32
32- and turn it into a pinch-twist.
balloon unicorn twisting step 33
33-Then we pinch, squeeze and release the tail close to its base,
balloon unicorn twisting step 34
34- so that we now have an angle that directs the rest of the tail downward, alongside the back legs.
balloon unicorn twisting step 35
35- Cut the excess pink balloon from the tail.
balloon unicorn twisting step 36
36- Put aside the excess pink balloon for the moment, we will need it again later.
balloon unicorn twisting step 37
37- Make a knot after letting a little bit of air escape if necessary so that the length of the tail is exactly as you want.
balloon unicorn twisting step 38
38- Now pinch, squeeze and release the bottom part of the tail, the opposite side as before, so that the tip of the tail goes upward.
balloon unicorn twisting step 39
39- The tail should now look somewhat like this.
balloon unicorn twisting step 40
40- Take back the excess bit of pink balloon that was put aside,
balloon unicorn twisting step 41
41- and inflate it a little less than the length of the neck.
balloon unicorn twisting step 42
42- After tying its knot, securely lock the pink bubble together with the pinch-twist, at the top of the unicorn's neck.
balloon unicorn twisting step 43
43- Make a series of 5 very small bubbles, with the exact same size,
balloon unicorn twisting step 44
44- and lock the last bubble at the junction formed by the tummy, the front legs and the neck of the unicorn.
balloon unicorn twisting step 45
45- Now, make another similar series of 5 bubbles, except that the last bubble should be little larger than all the other ones.
balloon unicorn twisting step 46
46- The reason is that we still want to make one last super tiny bubble, to form a bulge at the base of the non-inflated bit of the pink balloon.
balloon unicorn twisting step 47
47- Lock that bulge between the pinch-twist and the neck,
balloon unicorn twisting step 48
48- turn it around a couple times and make it come out between the pinch-twist and the base of the two ears.
balloon unicorn twisting step 49
49- Now, pinch the bubbles together, between the 1st and 2nd bubbles of each series with one hand, and between the 3rd and 4th ones with the other hand,
balloon unicorn twisting step 50
50- so that you can rotate the four middle bubbles together (the 2nd and 3rd of both series) between your two hands,
balloon unicorn twisting step 51
51- and have both series of bubbles securely locked together.
balloon unicorn twisting step 52
52- Give a little rub on the tummy to have it curve a bit more naturally,
balloon unicorn twisting step 53
53- and draw the eyes.
balloon unicorn twisting last step
54- And here it is... Well done, you made a lovely unicorn!

 

 

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