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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 first watch the video in its entirety. Learning first to do the balloon horse will give more chance of success with the balloon unicorn.

Video Tutorial

Video in French, with English subtitles

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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.


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 know 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:


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.
2- Make a knot and pull it all the way towards the lip of the balloon,
3- so that it liberates an extra portion of the latex,
4- which will then be filled by the air pressure from within the balloon (Review the tutorial about air pressure management if necessary).
5- Bend the beginning part of the balloon at about 4/5 cm from the lip,
6- pinch the ballon at the angle you just formed,
7- and release that pinch slowly,
8- so that the angle thus formed keeps that shape by itself (Review the tutorial about making angles if necessary).
9- Twist the balloon right after that angle,
10- and make an off-centered bubble (like we did in the giraffe tutorial),
11- followed by 2 small oval bubbles,
12- that we will lock together to form the two ears.
13- To form the neck, we will bend again the balloon, at about 6/7 cm from the head and ears,
14- pinch and release slowly...
15- to form a new angle on the balloon.
16- Twist the ballon right after the angle,
17- to form another off-centered bubble.
18- We will now start a series of four very small round bubles,
19- which we will lock between the ears and the head of our future horse.
20- This first series of bubbles will be followed by another series of four very small bubbles of exactly the same size.
21- Now, hold the two series of four bubbles together at the base of the neck,
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.
23- Rotate these four bubbles together (the first and second of both series) between your two hands.
24- The two series of bubbles are now safely locked together.
25- Roughly estimate a small half of the remaining part of the balloon,
26- and then the quarter (half of half).
27- This is where you will fold and twist the balloon to form a rather long bubble (the first front leg of the horse),
28- which will be followed by a second bubble of exactly the same size (the second front leg of the horse).
29- Once both front legs are locked together, make another smaller bubble for the tummy of the horse.
30- Then, another bubble of exactly the same size as the two front legs (which will be the first back leg),
31- followed by another bubble of exactly the same size again (which will be the second back leg).
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).
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,
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.
35- You should get something like this!
36- Take a good marker and draw the eyes on the head.
37- And here is our lovely little horse!!


How to make a balloon unicorn:


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


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