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This balloon sailboat, which is very easy to make, and which can actually sail for real on the water, is inaugurating a new tutorial format: Learn How to twist a balloon in less than 3 minutes!


As usual, 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 is available at the end of this tutorial.

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).

Good morning !

Today we will inaugurate

a new tutorial format called:

(Learn to) twist a balloon in less than 3 minutes!

So, in order to keep the timing,

I'll talk less than usual.

And what that means, for the beginners among you,

is that you may first have to study

some of the tutorials that are in the section

for the basic balloon twisting techniques

which I put in the description, under the video.

This new tutorial was requested

on my mailbox, by Marie,

whom I salute in passing.

And without further ado,

here is how to make a balloon sailboat,

in less than 3 minutes!

For the balloon, I chose a blue 260.

We must ensure that about

the width of a hand, will not be inflated.

Let's thin out the balloon a bit.

We start with a small bubble

followed by a second small bubble

which will be transformed into a pinch-twist.

We then hold the balloon knot securely

to transform the 1st bubble into a pinch-twist as well

we measure the length of a balloon

to have it a little larger than the width of the hand

and we bend the balloon at that level.

We'll finish the loop by making a fold

that we will secure through the two pinch-twists

Now let's make a second identical loop,

and to achieve this, the best method

it is to align it against the first one.

Notice the circular motion I'm making

with the balloon, in order to avoid unnecessary friction.

We rearrange the 2 loops and the 2 pinch-twists,

so that the rest of the balloon stands straight up

like a mast, right in the middle of a boat.

Here it is, like this!

We then push the rest of the air

to the end of the balloon.

We make an oval bubble at the end of the remaining balloon,

and divided it into two small bubbles of identical size,

we then transform the middle bubble into a pinch-twist.

Then...

We make a fold at the bottom of the mast,

in order to be able to secure the two bubbles that we just made.

Here again, with a circular movement,

to avoid unnecessary friction.

Now we just have to transform

this last loop into a triangle.

For that, we will need to make angles,

the first angle to form the top of the sail,

and the second angle, to form the side of the sail.

There you go, you learned how to make a balloon sailboat,

in less than 3 minutes!!

Oh, my oh my, it floats for real!

And not only does it float...it's unsinkable!

And There you go ! I hope you liked this new format.

Do not hesitate, like Mary did, to tell me which tutorial

you would like me to do next time,

And I'll conclude with: "See you very soon!"

"For another lesson... with Môssieur Ballon!"

 

Step-By-Step Photo Guide

 

How to Make a Balloon Sailboat

how to make a balloon sailboat, step 1
1- Use a twisting ballon (a 260), any color will do.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 2
2- The equivalent of the width of your palm should not be inflated at the end of the balloon
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 3
3- Thin out the balloon a bit
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 4
4- Start with a first bubble
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 5
5- followed by a second bubble,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 6
6- which we take ahold of,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 7
7- to make a pinch-twist
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 8
8- We then take ahold of the knot on the first bubble
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 9
9- to transform this first bubble into a pinch-twist as well.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 10
10- You should now obtain this shape.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 11
11- Then, form a loop, a little bigger than the width of your palm,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 12
12- And pinch it to form a sharp angle.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 13
13- Ensure both sides of the loop are exactly the same size before folding the ballon to close the loop.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 14
14- Slide that fold through the two pinch-twists to lock the loop securely.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 15
15- Make a second loop the same way,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 16
16- and with the same dimension.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 17
17- and lock it securely with the two pinch-twists.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 18
18- Using gentle circular motions, rather than "forcing" the balloon through the pinch-twists, will enable you to avoid unnecessary frictions.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 19
19- Rearrange the two loops and the two pinch-twists,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 20
20- so that the mast is well centered and is perpendicular to the loops.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 21
21- Then, take the mast with your two hands,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 22
22- And press firmly on the balloon,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 23
23- so that the air is pushed all the way towards its extremity.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 24
24- Thin out the mast a little bit.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 25
25- Then, take the extremity of the mast,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 26
26- and form a long bubble.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 27
27- This bubble must be oval and quite soft. It shouldn't be a round bubble,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 28
28- so that we can divide it in two afterwards,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 29
29- to form two little bubbles, and they will both be perfectly round.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 30
30- Take the middle bubble,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 31
31- pinch and twist it,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 32
32- to transform it into a... pinch-twist.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 33
33- You should obtain this shape.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 34
34- Turn over the mast, and twist it a little higher than its base,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 35
35- to form a new bubble, and a new fold in the same time.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 36
36- This fold will be useful,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 37
37- to lock the last two bubbles we made.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 38
38- We will now transfom the new loop we just made, into a triangle, to form a sail.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 39
39- To do so, we will divide the loop into two uneven parts,
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 40
40- and "pinch" a sharp angle to form the top of the sail.
how to make a balloon sailboat, step 41
41- Then we will "pinch" another sharp angle close to the base of the mast, to form the side of the sail.
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There you go! This sailboat is really easy to make, and it can also float on the water.
Try it... You will be amazed!

 

 

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