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Balloon Review / Re: 161 - LITTLE SWEET CHEEKS VOL 1 BY ERIC WEINSTEIN
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:45:03 AM »
SNAIL - starts at 11m 7s

This uses the same head design as the worm. A longer 160Q body allows a heart shell to be attached. The 160Q joins to the back of the head very easily. This sits nice on top of a cup and would also be good on a headband or as a wearable wristband.

Twisting heart lobes seems to be a common requirement.

So far so good.

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Balloon Review / Re: 161 - LITTLE SWEET CHEEKS VOL 1 BY ERIC WEINSTEIN
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:38:02 AM »
WORM IN APPLE - Starts at 48 secs

All these designs are based on the 'sweet cheeks' face which use a single heart balloon. Each lobe needs to be twisted to form two bubbles of the same size. This can be a little tricky if you are not used to it, but the best way is to partially twist both lobes so you can squeeze air between them both to adjust the sizes before making the final twist.

The end result is really cute. The apple is made from a 646Q. If you want a cheaper option then a round balloon may suffice.

This sits lovely on top of a party cup or equally stands on its own due to the wide base.

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Balloon Review / 161 - LITTLE SWEET CHEEKS VOL 1 BY ERIC WEINSTEIN
« on: January 15, 2017, 12:58:21 PM »
Balloon Review 161 - Little Sweet Cheeks Vol 1  (Streaming Video)

Available from http://www.liveballoons.com/shop - priced $30

This video collection of 10 designs by Eric Weinstein follows on from his wonderful collection of PDFs. To purchase this for me was a 'no brainer' as I have enjoyed his work to date. I purchased the video and promptly received a confirmation email and a secret password to view the video on-line.

Before I start reviewing the designs I must have a bit of a moan about this product. You cannot DOWNLOAD this video to your PC or tablet device. This is a major issue for me as I store all my balloon videos on my tablet for watching 'on the go' where internet may not be available. I contacted Eric to see if the video could be downloaded but this is not an option. So effectively I am purchasing the rights to VIEW the video and I will never OWN the video myself. I can live with that for a site like balloonclick.com which is a low-cost subscription service but not when I have paid $30 for a single product.

So everytime I want to view this video I have to find my purchase code and type it into the site before viewing it.

The video quality is mixed. The video is small on my macbook and I was unable to zoom in and make it full screen. Some of the finer details of some designs are difficult to see. The audio quality is mixed and the volume varies for each segment (I guess as each section is filmed at a different time).

At the start of each section, a list of balloons needed for each design is listed which is helpful.

But the worse part of all - there are no chapters!! So I need to use guesswork to find the start of each design. Lucky for you guys I will include the timestamp for the start of each section as I progress through my review.

I regard $30 as a premium product and, ignoring the actual content, the way this collection is supplied to the customer is extremely poor.

I really love Eric's work and I am sure the actual designs will be very good but I owe it to you all to be honest - sorry!

Now let's see what we have here....

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SUMMARY

Another wonderful book full of impressive creations. I would only recommend this for advanced twisters on the basis that it is hard to interpret the korean text. Relying on photos alone requires some improvisation along the way. Certainly not all the balloons are for the real-world as they take too long to make but many concepts learned can be used for many designs.

Not the easiest book to get hold of but well worth the investment.

Grab it before it goes out of print.

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BLUE BIRD

This must be the best design in the book. I absolutely love it. This one is somewhat difficult to follow along and I had to attempt it a few times. Really like the wing design. The eyes I made are slightly too big. The joining of the black beak is tricky and it needs to sit tight against the bird's head.

A wonderful compliment to the classic Patrick Van De Ven bird collection.

Check it out!

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ANPANMAN

Another japanese animated character (i think!) - I haven't a clue who this is. I don't really like the overall design as the 5" balloons across the face do not sit correctly. The most interesting thing about this design is the cape on his back. This is a great simple way to make a cape for any super hero.

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RABBIT

A rather standard balloon rabbit designed to be mounted on top of a balloon stick (the one with a plastic holder on top) - the double bubble neck allows it to sit nice and tight on top.  Not ground breaking.

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Balloon Review / Re: 054 - MAGIC BALLOON DESIGN VOL 1 BY BEATING
« on: January 08, 2017, 07:35:15 PM »
Have you got the 2nd book? There are some nice designs in that one.

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Balloon Review / Re: Balloon Review Index - READ ME FIRST
« on: January 08, 2017, 07:34:28 PM »
Hi Gang,

I hope you are all well and having a wonderful start to the New Year. Those observant ones of you will notice I have posted a new photo every day since the 26th December. I am trying hard to keep this up. If you are aware of any balloon instructional material available for sale and would like me to do a review please let me know and I will try my best to include it in my upcoming ones.

Coming next... Sweet Cheeks Vol 1 by Eric Weinstein.. mmmm I have a few things to say about this one!!

Stay tuned.

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FLOWER TUBE 2

A rather grand looking balloon sweetie cup. In the original design, Beating uses a straight plastic tube to hold the sweets but I have adapted this to use a standard cup. There is a need to pierce a hole at the bottom of the cup to hold it in position on the geo base. The top section of flowers is lovely and could be used as a standalone item.

If you are trying to impress this isn't a bad one to choose.

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Balloon Review / Re: 054 - MAGIC BALLOON DESIGN VOL 1 BY BEATING
« on: January 08, 2017, 04:45:15 PM »
You've done a really good job of that one! - well done :-)

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FLOWER TUBE

In Beating's original design he uses a plastic tube rather than a plastic cup so I have adapted this slightly. This cup has a large flower on top made up of 5" rounds. The green flower pot is a nice touch and the end result is large and impressive without a great deal of effort. The 5" rounds need to all be the same size otherwise it will look a little odd.

If I had a precision sizer/balloon inflator, I could make loads of these really quickly.

I will be using this one.

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CANDY IN BALLOON 3

Another good party cup. There are two options here. Sweets can be held in the cup or in a clear bubble as the wings of the ladybird. The head on my one tips down a little too much.  Fairly quick to make and an easy up-sell for a party.

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CANDY IN BALLOON 2

A nice variation of the first heart design. Uses the standard flower petal design and linked with a 160Q. Very good.

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BAIKINMAN

Simply haven't a clue about this character, although this design does have a few neat features. I particularly like the small wings at the rear and the 160Q across the face. Nothing complicated here.

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