Loop twists and pinch twists are techniques used to create balloon animals and flowers with twisting balloons.
A pinch twist is typically used to create a right angle (eg. knee, elbow). A loop twist is used to create loops for balloon objects such as flowers, hands, ears, bows and many more.
How to Make a Pinch Twist
- Inflate a twisting balloon to the desired length. Let a little bit of air out to soften the balloon to make it easier to work with.
- With one hand, pinch the end of the balloon to your desired length and use the other hand to rotate the balloon. The direction you twist the balloon should be the same for all twists.
- Create a 1-inch bubble by pinching the balloon again right beside the twist from step one and rotate the balloon in the same direction. There should now be three sections.
- Fold the two ends together and lift up the bubble from step three and twist about four times until it is secured.
How to Make a Loop Twist
- Inflate a twisting balloon to the desired size. Let some air out and tie it off. This will make the balloon soft enough to be manipulated.
- Fold the top end of the balloon over to create the desired loop size. The knot should be on the shorter end of the loop.
- Using the knot, twist it onto the longer part of the balloon.
- While Holding onto the knot, bring the knot over through the loop onto the other side and it will lock in place. If a bigger loop is needed, fold a larger amount over and twist further down onto the balloon.