How to Make a Sword Saber Balloon

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    Sword Saber Balloon - Introduction

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    Here's a basic balloon sword that is drastically different from the other sword balloons. This one is actually among the easiest balloon sculptures to make. If you’re a beginner, after a balloon animal dog, this is probably one of the first balloons you should attempt.

    Video Instruction
    You watch a video of this saber sword being made here. Please subscribe to my video channel to stay up to date with the latest instructional balloon videos. 

    If you want to learn what I think is the best balloon sword, check out the instructions for our Ultimate Sword Balloon. 

    To make this sword, you'll need to know how to make a basic balloon twist and fold twist.

    Materials:
    One 260 Balloon (your choice of color)

    If you would like to view and learn an advanced technique for making this balloon sword, you can watch the instructional video here.

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  • 02 of 06

    Sword Saber Balloon - Inflate the Balloon

    Inflate the balloon and leave about an inch uninflated.
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  • 03 of 06

    Sword Saber Balloon - Begin the Handle

    Make a small single basic balloon twist, about an inch long (at most-the smaller, the better). If you like, you can make a small pinch twist that creates a more finished look (click here to learn the pinch twist).

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    Sword Saber Balloon - Continue the Handle

    Make a large fold twist about six inches in circumference (it's made from a six-inch section of the balloon).

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    Sword Saber Balloon - Continue the Handle

    Take the end of the balloon and insert it into the center of the fold twist. Continue to push the sword through the fold twist until it forms a sword blade and a handle.

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    Sword Saber Balloon - Finish the Saber Balloon Sword

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    You have made a sword balloon. If you like, you can bend the sword up to finish the "saber" look - a balloon version of a weapon for slashing.

    If you would like to view and learn an advanced technique for making this balloon sword, you can watch the instructional video here.

    If you want to learn what I think is the best balloon sword, check out the instructions for our Ultimate Sword Balloon. 

    Thoughts:
    Although this balloon sword is basic and easy make, it offers lots of flexibility. If you like, instead of bending the sword upwards as described above, you can bend the blade down and then turnover the sword and it will have an entirely different look. 

    Swords are a basic commodity in a balloon twister's repertoire of sculptures. In fact, I've seen people who are hired to make balloons at parties who can only make swords and dog. I don't recommend that you limit yourself to only these balloon sculptures, but there are people who make money and only have these skills.

    This saber balloon, while being easy to make is also quite fast to construct. If you're at a party with lots of kids, particularly boys, you'll find that this sword will be a hit. The kids don't have to know that it's easy to make.

    Is it good to know how to make different kinds of swords (Click here to see our instructions on how to make a variety of swords). While the kids will like variety, sometimes, at parties, it's best to just make one type of sword and allow the kids to choose a color. Yes, it can become monotonous making a single type of sword, but when kids see a different model, some will inevitably want to trade their sword in for the other one.

    Another strategy is to make a special balloon sword for the birthday honoree. Simply make the same swords for all of the party attendees and make a special one that's different or grander than the others for the honoree. Our "Super Balloon Sword" is a particularly good sword to make for the honoree.

    Keeping the swords simple has its advantages, particularly when it comes to entertaining at parties with lots of rambunctious boys. With swords, it's common for the boys to engage in swordplay and then the balloons begin to pop. You'll find yourself making lots of replacements and keeping the swords simple is a good strategy. You'll even have Dads requesting swords to get into the action.