How to Make Balloons
So you want to learn balloons?
Awesome! You’re in for a great time. Twelve years ago, when Brian was starting out, it was a lot harder to get started. He learned from a couple books and peoples’ pictures on the Internet. Today, it’s a lot easier. There’s a host of DVDs on the market, more conferences and seminars on balloon twisting, and best of all, YouTube. No matter your age or current skill level, Pretty Funny Balloons can help you improve your art and have more fun.
If you’ve never twisted a balloon or want to start at the very beginning, you’ll want to check out Beginning Balloons with Brian. This comprehensive guide begins with a simple dog and teaches six twisting techniques and 28 sculptures in an easy to follow progression. By the end, you will be able to make a monkey on a palm tree, a fishing pole hat, and a 4 balloon mermaid. If you’re ordering just the DVD online, I recommend picking up a pump and a bag of Carnival Assortment Balloons from T Myers magic. If you buy it in person, we have a convenient kit for $25 that includes a DVD, hand pump, and bag of balloons. Contact us for details.
Continuing on YouTube
After you’ve learned the techniques and some basic designs, you’re ready to explore the wide world of balloon art. YouTube is a great place to start. There are hundreds of channels out there with great designs, but a good starting place is the Pretty Funny Balloons channel. We have over fifty free step-by-step tutorials and try to add more regularly. We are happy to give back to the wonderful community of twisters who helped us so much. You can visit our channel or click below to see an example video.
Intermediate and Advanced DVDs
Once you’ve been doing balloons a while, entertained at a few parties and bought a variety of balloons, We recommend picking up our next two DVDs. Go Big or Go Home teaches over 15 huge designs, made primarily of 350/360 balloons that you can actually make at a restaurant or party. Go Big: Costumes continues this theme with more awesome costumes, many of which have both simple and more complex versions. You can order any of these DVDs from my Kunaki page.
Learning at Conventions
There are several conventions and seminars for balloon twisters. Brian often has opportunities to lecture at these gatherings, and is always available in the jam room to help folks out. My favorite conventions include:
We’re always working on new ideas and deciding how to best share our years of experience with others. Brian is hard at work planning “Go Bigger”, a DVD on how to make enormous Super Sculptures, and has an intermediate DVD in the works as well. Even better, he’s halfway through writing a new book called “Balloon Twisting Wit and Wisdom.”
Oh, and if you have any questions about making balloons, drop us a line. We’re always happy to help.