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Balloon Dog

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The dog balloon is a fundamental sculpture in the art of balloon twisting and balloon animals. Many animals balloons such as the deer and giraffe are variations on the dog balloon. And you'll find that the basics that you master when twisting a dog balloon, will apply to more difficult balloon sculptures.

Materials: One 260 Balloon

Dog final

Step 1: Inflate the balloon to about two inches from the end.

Dog tip

Step 2: Twist three basic balloon twists. The first will be about two inches long, which will form the snout of the dog. The second and third twists will be smaller, about an inch each, to form the dog's ears. .

Dog 1

Step 3: Bring the first, longer twist against the main body of the balloon in preparation for a lock twist.

As mentioned on the last page, the first balloon segment (A), will form the snout of the dog. The second and third twists (B and C), will form the dog's ears. You'll be twisting B and C together while holding (A) and the main body of the balloon to create a lock twist.

Dog 2

Step 4: Your balloon sculpture should now resemble the head of a dog.

Dog 3

Step 5: Twist three basic balloon twists, each about three-inches. The first (A) will form the dog's neck. The second and third twists (B and C) will form the dog's front legs.

As you did with the dog's head, create a lock twist by twisting B and C and holding the rest.

Dog 4

Step 6: Your twisted balloon sculpture should now resemble the front of a dog with its head and front legs.

Dog 5

Step 7: Twist three basic balloon twists, each about three-inches. The first (A) will form the dog's body. The second and third twists (B and C) will form the dog's back legs. The final balloon segment (D) will form the dog's tail.

As you did with the dog's front legs create a lock twist by twisting segments B and C and holding the rest.

Dog 6

Step 8: You have now twisted a basic dog balloon animal.

Dog final

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