The art of shaping and twisting balloons into shapes and figures is called balloon modeling. There are a number of different shapes like hats and boats that can be made, but animals are the most popular. A talented twister can make just about anything. They have the talent for manipulating the balloons into just about any shape by bending, twisting and molding them. Because they often make tons of figures in just one sitting, twisters have taken to using other means, such as a pump, to blow up their balloons rather than their own lungs. Some still do it the old fashioned way.
It is common for someone to associate the art of twisting balloons with birthday parties, clowns, funny hats and poodles but there are actually some strong subcultures of twisters and they do not get along so well. The balloons are not only for parties and poodles. There is a limited release documentary about these balloon-twisters subcultures called andldquo;Twisted: A Balloonamentary.andrdquo; This film examines the almost unknown world of the professional balloon twisters.
When you watch the documentary you will learn about the rift between the andldquo;gospel twistersandrdquo; who use the craft in order to teach bible lessons and the andldquo;adult twistersandrdquo; who use the balloon twisting in a more risquandeacute; manner. Itandrsquo;s quite interesting to see some of the things that these balloon twisters have accomplished, such as a life-size model of a racing car or a woman who made her own wedding dress entirely out of balloons.
Whatever side you take, when you begin modeling your balloon characters it is quite important that you start off with the right materials. The Balloons for modeling come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes that are sure to spark your creative side. The most commonly used balloon is the 260; the number of the balloon indicated that it is 2 inches in diameter and 60 inches long when fully inflated. You can experiment with the larger and the smaller models to suit your fancy; there are also some exotic shapes such as the heart and the geo blossom balloons.