The “two lips” in the arrangement is made from three 260 balloons. Inflate a red 260 to three inches from the end. Tie the nozzle and twist an 8” section followed by a 1” bubble. Pinch-twist the 1” bubble, Then twist a 10” section after. Follow that with a 1” bubble and pinch twist the bubble. Tie the nozzle of the 260 balloon into the second pinch twist (see figure b1 and b2). The remaining section of the red 260 balloon should be long enough to reach to the opposite side of the “line”. Fold that section in half and make a 1” bubble at the half way point and pinch-twist that bubble. Then, attach the end to the opposite side of the “lips to form an angle. Pinch the upper lip in the middle an fold the sides down and apply repeated finger pressure to the curves formed to create a pout on the upper lip. Inflate a pink 260 balloon approximately 15” and tie the nozzle. Fold the balloon in half and tie the ends together. Tie this part into the pinch-twist behind the lips, to form the tongue, and insert through the lips. Cut off any excess uninflated parts. Attach the nozzle of a fully inflated green 260 onto the same pinch twist behind the lips, and adjust the “mouth” as desired. This makes a nice comedic touch to helium balloon arrangements also.
The small “bubble carnation” is formed from a 260 balloon inflated to 8” inches from the end. Twist three consecutive 1” bubbles from the nozzle end, and tie the nozzle onto the lat twist(figure) c1). Twist three more successive bubbles and twist the end of the last one into the same intersection of the nozzle. Repeat the process until there is no more room in the 260 to twist. This usually results in a five or six section flower. Cut off any excess balloon, then inflate a green 260 to 5” from the end. Tie the nozzle, and twist a 2” bubble at the tail end of the balloon. Squeeze down the bubble with the whole hand, and force the air into the end of the balloon. Twist this bubble into the middle of the balloon carnation. The uninflated section gives this sculpture a more dynamic quality. Any air currents will cause this flower to bob back and forth. This design offered with thanks to Troy April!
The “happy daisy balloon” combines a chain using two 260’s with 5” rounds as the petals. Inflate two 260’s to 8” from the end. Tie the nozzles together. (figure d1) Pinch the balloons together 2” from the nozzle, twist together eight times to make the first bubble pair. Repeat six or more times until a chain is formed. Then, tie the nozzles into the base of the last bubble pair. (figure d3) This forms a relative circle onto which any round or non-round of choice may by attached at the intersection. There are two variations pictured: Figure E shows a simple daisy in which 5” round balloons are tied onto each intersection of the chain figure F is a more open version in which other 260 balloons have been twisted into each intersection of the chain forming loops. 321 Bee Bodies , or under-inflated 5” hearts could be added(though not pictured here) at each intersection to create a more exotic look. Filling the hollow of the center of the daisy with a smile face or other imprint or with another chain or with the “bubble carnation” gives a great many options to create the desired mood.
The Bee pictured is made from a 321 bee body, with a 260 figure eight twisted onto the base of a 3” bubble behind the nozzle. The art work was done with a marker.
Royal a. Sorell, Jr.
Royal Events & Entertainment
Peabody, Massachusetts, USA