Balloon Basics 18 – How to Easily Make a Pinch Twist in a Modelling Balloon


In Balloon Basics 18 show on BMTV, Greg asked Mark Drury from Qualatex to show how to create a pinch twist!

Pinch twists are used when you need to make an angle in a balloon (see photo below) and are ideal for creating elbows and ankles when making balloon people!

You will need:

  • A hand pump
  • A modelling balloon (160Q, 260Q, 350Q or even 646Q)

Firstly, inflate your modelling balloon to your desired length, making sure to leave some of the balloon uninflated at end so there’s room for the air to expand into as you twist. Let a little, teeny-tiny bit of air out so the balloon is softer and then tie it off.

Next, create a bubble (approx. 1”) in the balloon. Do this by holding the knotted end of the balloon in your left hand and using the thumb and forefinger of your right hand to walk along the ballooon about an inch or so before pinching the balloon and twist it away from you about 4 or 5 times.

Whilst still holding this twist in your left hand, walk your fingers along an inch and pinch the balloon once again with your thumb and forefinger on your right hand and twist it away from you 4 or 5 times.

Now bring the longer left and right sides of the balloon together in your left hand.

Next, lift up the small ‘bubble’ with your right hand and twist it together 4 or 5 times.

Woohoo, you’ve done it! You’re a Pinch Twist Master!



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