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The Basic Flower
by Andrew Grosjean D.B. (doctor of balloonology)
This is a great 1 balloon flower. It is good for those occasions where you need to mass produce balloons. It does not take long to make and is good looking.
The first thing to remember is to leave a couple inches of room at the end to allow for the twisting that you will be doing. Remember that before you tie the balloon, always let out a little air to relax the balloon a little. Finally, don’t be sloppy in how you tie your balloon. Sloppy tying wastes room and you do not have as much length to work with. So, tie right at the end. Also roll out the knot when it is tied. This will usually add at least a couple inches to the length to the balloon.
The first thing to do is to make what is called a "tulip twist." This is done by using the tip of your index finger to push the knot into the balloon. This twist can be made a long bubble or a short one. For our purposes, a 1" long bubble will do.
Take the other hand and grab the knot. Then twist the bubble 2 or 3 times to lock the twist. This bubble will be the stamen of the flower.
Next make a loop about 3" long. This will be your first petal. You will end up making 3 petals. But you have a choice how you do this. You should separate them by making each 3" petal. After separating the petals, you can either twist each loop individually, or all at the same time, like a sword is often made. If you twist them individually, it is a bit easier. If you twist them at the same time, it is faster.
Either way, each time you twist bubbles, you should pull it away from the other bubbles to decrease friction and reduce breakage.
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After you twist the 3 petals, arrange them so that they lie all the same way. They will look best if they are all the same size. The stamen will stabilize the flower top, as well as look good.
To make the leaves, go down almost half of the stem length and twist 2 loops. The size of the leaves will vary based on personal taste and on how big the petals are. I try to make the leaves smaller than the petals because I want them to predominate the sculpture.
Twist these together like a simple sword and they make the leaves.
To make the petals look better, you can take each loop of the petals and bend them up. This tends to make them look more like cup. It is a subtle but artistic touch that can add a lot to the look of the flower.
Notice the upward curve of the petals.
Presentation: I usually take the balloon by the stem and flick it so it spins in the air. I like to make my flower symmetrical all the way around, but some people like to take the top and pull it down to one side, kind of like a daisy’s head sits. This is good if you are putting it in a heart.
By: Andrew Grosjean, 26805 Van Born, Mi., 48180, 313-292-6280. All rights reserved
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