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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.

This tutorial is in two parts, the first one is a detailed video which is followed by a step by step photo guide. Last but not least, a comment section is now available if you need support.

 

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).

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!

 

Step-By-Step Photo Guide

 

Note: The following instructions are for right-handed folks... if you are left-handed, please, adapt accordingly.

making balloon twisting knots, step 1
1- Inflate a balloon and leave as much room as possible after the nozzle of the balloon.
making balloon twisting knots, step 2
2- Grab the balloon knot with the thumb and forefinger of your right hand.
making balloon twisting knots, step 3
3- Flip your left hand over.
making balloon twisting knots, step 4
4- Grab the balloon a little lower with the thumb and forefinger of your left hand.
making balloon twisting knots, step 5
5- The middle finger follows the movement and positions itself right beside the forefinger.
making balloon twisting knots, step 6
6- The left hand makes a new rotation to find itself back in its initial position.
making balloon twisting knots, step 7
7- The forefinger and middle fingers act as hooks and pull the margin of the balloon backwards, so that the thumb can get out of the way..
making balloon twisting knots, step 8
8- A loop is formed with the non-inflated part below the balloon’s mouth and a small gap shows up between the forefinger and middle finger.
making balloon twisting knots, step 9
9- Feed the nozzle of the balloon through this small gap.
making balloon twisting knots, step 10
10- Tighten the loop while pulling it away from your fingers so they can be released without friction.
making balloon twisting knots, step 11
11- Then feed the nozzle of the balloon through the center of the loop.
making balloon twisting knots, last step
That's all there is to it! This method will allow you to tie hundreds of balloon knots a day, without hurting your fingers.

 

 

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