This is a very basic tutorial about making balloon knots which a number of (early) beginners often find challenging.
But that is after all the ambition of this tutorial series: how to learn balloon twisting from scratch!
The technique used in this tutorial allows you to avoid friction from the balloon on the skin of your fingers. It may seem like a small detail, but it takes its full meaning when you have to tie hundreds of knots one after the other. And that will be you once your notoriety as a balloon artist reaches beyond your family, your neighborhood, or even your region. Which is why you need to pick up good habits from the start
Try slowly and regularly until you've fully imprinted this sequence of movements into your muscle memory and can carry it out quickly without even thinking about it.
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).
What is best, when you start working with balloon knots, is not to inflate the mouth of the balloon too much so that you have as much room as possible to work with. Now, the following instructions are for right-handed folks... if you are left-handed, you will have to adapt accordingly. I grab the balloon knot with the thumb and forefinger of my right hand. I flip my left hand over, and grab the balloon a little lower with my thumb and forefinger. And notice how the middle finger follows the movement and is positioned right next to the forefinger. My left hand makes a new rotation to find itself in its initial position. My forefinger and middle fingers act as hooks to pull the margin of the balloon backwards, so that my thumb can get out of the way. And in so doing,I create a loop with the non-inflated part below the balloon’s mouth. See the little free space between the forefinger and middle finger? I now have the lips of the balloon slide through this small gap, and while tightening the loop, I pull it away from my fingers so they can be released without friction. This method will allow you to tie hundreds of balloon knots a day, without frictions between the latex and the skin of your fingers causing you any problems. Alright, See you soon, for another lesson with… Môssieur Ballon!
Note: The following instructions are for right-handed folks... if you are left-handed, please, adapt accordingly.
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