Basics of How to Make Balloon Animals

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If you're getting started in balloon twisting and making animal balloons, here's everything that you need to learn.

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    Balloons for Twisting and Animal Balloons

    Wayne Kawamoto

    When you perform balloon twisting, spectators will often ask if you are using special balloons. The answer is "yes." Here's what you need to know.

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    Pumps for Balloon Twisting and Animal Balloons

    Wayne Kawamoto

    If you're getting into balloon twisting, you'll want to invest in a good pump, as well as quality balloons. Somehow, you have to inflate your balloons and here you'll learn how.

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    How to Inflate a Balloon for Twisting and Animal Balloons

    Kawamoto - Magic.About.com

    Proportions are the key to successful twisting and animal balloons. And to twist, you'll need to allow extra space in a balloon after inflating and tying it to accommodate the twists that you will be applying. Here's how.

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    The Basic Balloon Twist for Animal Balloons

    Wayne Kawamoto

    Here's the basic balloon twist that is the foundation for everything that you make through the art of balloon twisting.

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    The Balloon Lock Twist for Animal Balloons

    Wayne Kawamoto 

    , which you'll learn here.

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    The Balloon Fold Twist for Animal Balloons

    Wayne Kawamoto

    The fold twist is a fundamental twist in making balloon animals. It is often used to make "ears" and is the foundational twist in a basic sword.

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    Tips for Making Balloon Animals

    Wayne Kawamoto

    If you're learning how to make balloon animals, here are tips and solutions to some common problems.

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    Burping a Balloon Animal

    Balloon twisters often release a bit of air from an inflated balloon by releasing the nozzle that’s held in their fingers before tying it off. This process is known as “burping” a balloon.

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    Why Learn Basic Balloon Twisting and Animals?

    Wayne Kawamoto

    Almost everyone who performs magic professionally learns how to twist balloons. Why is this the case and why is balloon twisting considered an art that complements magic? Some of the reasons are due to market forces while others can help you to become a better performer. I'll explain.

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    How to Twist a Dog Balloon Animal

    Wayne Kawamoto

    The dog balloon is a fundamental sculpture in the art of balloon twisting and balloon animals. Many animals balloons such as the deer and giraffe are variations on the dog balloon. And you’ll find that the basics that you master when twisting a dog balloon, will apply to more difficult balloon sculptures.

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    How to Twist a Sword Balloon

    Wayne Kawamoto

    This is the basic sword balloon that is easy to learn and twist. You'll find that kids, especially boys, love these swords.

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    How to Make a Sword Saber Balloon Animal

    Wayne Kawamoto 

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

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    Hummingbird Balloon Animal

    Wayne Kawamoto

    Here's a simple balloon animal in the shape of a hummingbird.

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    How to Twist a Giraffe Balloon Animal

    Wayne Kawamoto

    . If you can already twist a basic dog balloon, you can twist a giraffe.

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    How to Make a Moose or Reindeer Balloon Animal

    Wayne Kawamoto

    Here's a fun balloon animal, depending on how you look at it, a reindeer or a moose.

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    How to Make an Elephant Balloon Animal

    Wayne Kawamoto 

    Here's a balloon animal that will prove to be quite popular. It's an elephant that appears to be right out of a circus. This is an intermediate balloon animal sculpture.

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    How to Twist a Weiner Dog Balloon Animal

    Wayne Kawamoto

    Twisting a weiner dog balloon animal is very similar to making the basic dog balloon. If you can already twist a basic dog balloon, you can twist a weiner dog. As it is with real life dogs, with balloons, it's all about proportions.

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    How to Make the Fast Lock Twist for a Balloon Animal

    How to Make the Fast Lock Twist for a Balloon Animal.

    Wayne Kawamoto

    Once you’ve mastered the basic lock twist, these instructions teach you a faster process that saves you a step in making the twist. If you’re making lots of balloon animals, for example, balloon animal dogs, you’ll find this technique to be a significant time saver that’s employed by experienced and advanced twisters.