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The absolute basic skill for balloon twisting: how to make bubbles.

If you knew nothing other than how to tie balloon knots and make bubbles, you would still be able to make quite a few (very) basic balloon sculptures.

Let's not forget that a bubble can either be perfectly round or be stretched out to form a kind of "sausage".

The biggest issue of beginners is making a string of consecutive bubbles (for example to form the head of the tiger or the frog). People have a natural tendency to contort themselves in every direction, to stretch their fingers apart until they get cramps, or even to commandeer someone else's hands because having two themselves just doesn't seem to be enough.

And yet, the solution is disconcertingly simple as this tutorial will point out.

Train regularly until all of these movements become second nature for you.

 

Video Tutorial

Video in French, with English subtitles

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Hello !

Today I'd like to go over a couple basic techniques with you, for example: bubbles!

First, you press the balloon until you form a kind of fold, and twist the balloon at the level of the fold.Then, keep pressing and turning. That's it! But be careful! You need to always twist the balloon around at least three times for each bubble, and always, always in the same direction!

So, you can make bubbles of all kinds of different sizes, little ones, big ones... it doesn't matter! But no need to contort yourself, to twist your hands every which way; or to try to block the bubbles against your chest so they won't spin away,

No: i'm going to tell you a secret! All you need to do is hold the first bubble with one hand and the far end of the balloon with the other hand. And look at that, the bubbles in the middle stay put and you can keep doing this for as long as you want!

Press... twist! Press... twist! Go on, practise at home!

Make a whole bunch and you'll see that as long as you keep holding the first bubble in one hand and the far end of the balloon in the other hand, the bubbles in the middle won't get undone if you've been mindful to twist the balloon all the way around at least three times for each bubble and always in the same direction, like I showed you.

To finish, well... you block the row of bubbles by locking the first one together with the last, and turning them together several times, like this!

There! Bubbles aren't very complicated! All it takes is practice, that's all! So, practise, make some rows of bubbles of different sizes, and... some pretty necklaces.

See you soon for a new lesson with Mossieur Ballon!

 

Step-By-Step Photo Guide

 

1- Take a balloon in one hand (the holding hand) and place your fingers where you want to make the bubble.
2- Place your other hand (the twisting hand) just opposite the first one, and press the balloon with your thumb and forefinger...
3- all the while twisting the balloon, which will make a crease.
4- Once the crease is formed, keep twisting the remaining segment of balloon, at least three more times, so that the first bubble is secure.
5- Without letting go of the balloon, move your fingers to the place where you want to make the second bubble and repeat the process. Always twist the balloon in the same direction!
6- Make sure to twist the remaining segment of balloon at least three more times so that the second bubble is secure.
7- Do the same with the third bubble. Don't worry about the bubble in the middle, it will stay in place as long as you stick to the same twisting direction.
8- Do the same with the fourth bubble. And again, don't worry about the bubbles in the middle, they will stay in place as long as you stick to the same twisting direction.
9- Etc, etc!
10- You can vary the size of your bubbles as required and make as many as you want.
11- It's as simple as that!

And that was the end of this lesson!

 

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