Make a Balloon Animal

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Kissing Swans

The swan balloon figure is a classic that belongs in every ballon sculptor's repertoire. The kissing swans is a variation that I first saw displayed by Royal and Patty Sorell, professional balloon decorators in Massachusetts. Here's their prize-winning sculpture.

My version of the Kissing Swans

Begin with a white 260, inflated leaving a 4" tail. Bend the whole balloon into a large circle, bringing the knot to a point about 6-8 inches from the uninflated tail. Flatten the circle by bringing the point opposite the knot across to the knot (see drawing) and twist everything together at this point. Be sure to catch the knot in the twist.
You should now have two large loops with a long bubble sticking out from the point where they join. Fold one of the loops closed and tuck it through the center of the other loop to make the body.
To make the head, Fold the uninflated end of the balloon back along the balloon body. Holding the end in that position, squeeze the air from the main chamber around the bend in the balloon. This will cause the balloon to inflate in the bent position creating a curve for the swan's head. Pull the neck back so that the friction of the sides of the body loop hold it in place.
This completes the basic swan. To make the kissing swans, make another swan like the first, making sure that the proportions and the curve of the neck are the same. Before pulling the necks back into position, twist them together at the point where they meet the body. Then arrange the necks so that the beaks just touch, with their necks and heads forming a heart shape between them.




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