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« on: February 24, 2016, 09:42:00 AM »
Balloon Review 147 - Shopthings by Corrine Sparkles Smith Video Download

Available from ... os/page/2/ priced $15

A new artist to Balloon Reviews – Corrine has an extensive collection of videos available on a subscription basis through FABA.TV but has recently launched tutorials available to download on Twisters Cookbook. This is a positive step as I can now access just the balloon modelling content on a download and keep basis.

Corrine’s Shopthings collection is based on the children’s collectible toys called Shopkins – personally I have never heard of them but a quick bit of market research on my facebook page would indicate they are very popular in the UK. From the outset they look simple and quick to make so could be perfect for line work.

Each model is downloaded individually as a video file – let’s talk about the videos first. The videos are clear and visually easy to follow. The audio commentary is dubbed onto the video and not recorded live which isn’t a major deal but just seems a little unusual. Bubble sizes are given in fingers and there are plenty of close ups to show the detail. On some occasions it isn’t clear how much of the balloon to leave uninflated which can be confusing for inexperienced twisters.

If you can manage to pinch twist, tulip twist and use a raisin then you won’t have too much trouble.

Lets see what we have here....

To celebrate BalloonChat's birthday here is a new review.....

Balloon Review 145 - Rumble Trucks by David and Shana Brenion Video Download

Available from priced $35

This is the latest video download by David and Shana Brenion for a collection of seven 'Rumble Trucks'. The videos can be viewed online or downloaded to your PC for later viewing. As with all of the Brenion productions, the video quality and the teaching is superb. Some of the designs are provided in two formats. A fast run through of the model (great as a refresher or the more experienced twister) and a slower step by step walkthrough version.

Lets see what we have here....

« on: January 15, 2015, 08:30:40 PM »
Balloon Review #143 - The Master (Yoda) by Dylan Gelinas

Available from ... tructions/ priced $9

Dylan has continued to add to his already impressive collection of downloadable PDFs. This one is a parody of Yoda and comes supplied in a full colour 23 page PDF with plenty of photos and supporting text. One word of warning - make sure you purchase this PDF on the machine you will be downloading it upon as any change of IP address (sorry for being technical) will prevent you from doing so.

As usual Dylan's instructions are excellent. Very easy to follow and where it gets a little complicated Dylan uses colour stickers in the photos to make it easier to see where the balloons should go. The face itself is very versatile and is a technique that could be used for a multitude of characters. I have to say that I do not think the final face matches Yoda exactly but the colours used and the overall design is instantly recognisable.

Yoda's jacket expands on the technique learned in Dylan's Mickey Mouse PDF and this really is a wonderful design.

Good value for money and with the next Star Wars movie due at Christmas 2015 this could make for a worthy investment.

Buy it....

« on: January 04, 2015, 01:49:06 AM »
Balloon Review 142 - Funny Snowman by Justin Reams PDF

Available from priced $8

Olaf from Frozen is a very popular design and there have been many variations of this design posted on the internet and some tutorials for sale. This design by Justin Reams isn't really anything I haven't seen before. The face uses an inverted white geo and the rest of the body made with Q-links which makes the process of marriage twisting these balloons a little easier. I didn't have any q-links so used rounds instead which worked fine.

This model uses rubber cement or glue dots to secure the feet. As these feet are filled with water I am not sure how well the glue will hold with the added weight. The PDF instructions are easy to follow with lots of photos. If you are not familiar with marriage twisting then you may find it difficult to follow along.

The end result is good.

I would only buy this PDF if you didn't already have some sort of Olaf design in your collection.


« on: January 02, 2015, 10:27:43 AM »
Balloon Review 141 - Big Hero Collection by David and Shana Brenion Video Download

Available from priced $10

If you live in the UK here is a excellent chance to get ahead of the game and make a collection of movie related balloons before it is released at cinemas in the UK. Big Hero 6 is the latest Disney movie. As with all David's downloads the quality is excellent, easy to follow and good value for money.

Let's see what we have here...


Balloon Review / 140 - OCD DVD BY MATT FALLOON
« on: December 29, 2014, 04:31:46 PM »
Balloon Review 140 : O.C.D by Matt Falloon DVD

Matt is an incredibly good twister and I was excited to see the launch of his first DVD. Matt has released some designs on previously but these ones are all new and original. The quality of the DVD is excellent, very well produced and Matt is an excellent teacher.

Be warned - this DVD is not for beginners. The cover promises a double frumple twist - argh!

Available from Continental Sales priced $45 -

Let see what we have here....

« on: December 29, 2014, 01:45:31 AM »
Balloon Review 139 : The Fairytale Princess by SHIRLEY RAY

This is a PDF publication by Shirley Ray available from her new website priced just £5 ... files/c5uy

The PDF is delivered via email upon receipt of the order so it may take a little while for Shirley to respond. The PDF spreads over five PDF files (one for each page) plus two additional pages showing a finished photo of the design plus a list of materials. Whilst not a major deal it would have been better if there was just one single file which included all the pages.

This is Shirley's first venture into producing a PDF for a decor piece. At the centre of this design is a princess (Sofia the First Princess for Disney TV) which holds a collection of helium balloons including a qua latex bubble. The helium filled balloons are required to make the princess free standing as it will not stand up on its own.

For the purposes of this review I have just created the core princess. My plan is to create a matching Buster's castle (already reviewed) to make a nice birthday giveaway.

Let's see what we have here...

Balloon Chit Chat / Christmas Laughs and Disasters!
« on: December 23, 2014, 09:47:47 PM »
So being the Eve of Christmas Eve you have either finished your Christmas season or will do so tomorrow. I thought it may be fun to share a few laughs from our December events and gigs or perhaps a few disasters and lessons learned... here are some of mine....

a) Do not fill up your brand new snow machine with smoke fluid!
b) Do not drop your very heavy speaker on your expensive balloon pump rendering it useless of the remainder of the festive season
c) Do confirm the location of every performance venue - having arrived at a school I discovered the room was up two flights of stairs and I couldn't park my van anywhere near the school building - wasn't very happy!
d) If someone books you for an hour do not feel guilty and stay for an extra hour free of charge because the place is full of cute kids awaiting the arrive of an 81 year old Santa Claus!

« on: December 19, 2014, 10:08:57 PM »
Balloon Review 138 : The Balloon Artistes Guild BAG 4

Shirley Ray & Colin Myles Lectures - 17th April 2012
Running Time 4 hours!

Available from

As we approach the end of 2014 and look forward to starting a new year of TBAG (April 2015 onwards), I thought now may be a good time to review on for the DVDs that comes supplied with a TBAG membership. This DVD includes two guest lectures with over four hours worth of material. This is a fixed camera position video, each model is accessible via the chapter menu and the quality of the DVD is good. I didn't attend this event myself so reviewing this DVD it will be good to see if I can make the models using only the DVD supplied...

Let's see what we have here...

Picture Gallery / Great Ormond Street Christmas Party
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:17:16 PM »
A few photos taken from today's children's christmas party at GOSH in London....




Balloon Chit Chat / FREE balloon storage boxes from IKEA
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:34:43 PM »
OK a slightly tongue-in-cheek post but upon exiting IKEA the other night I spotted some free cardboard boxes for packing 'plates' - i took five! Now I have some handy balloon carriers for keeping balloons in the boot of my car..




Balloon Chit Chat / I am feeling deflated....
« on: December 07, 2014, 10:03:53 PM »
This is what happens when you drop a 850W speaker on your McPump... ouch.. watch out for an order this week Graham!



« on: December 07, 2014, 11:03:26 AM »
Balloon Review 136 : Restaurant Repertoire Vol 1 by Roger Godin

Available from ... Godin__DVD at £14.99

The first in a series of DVDs by Roger Godin for balloons suitable for restaurants but equally usable for line work. This DVD is available for a bargain price. To start I can say the DVD is well made. Good quality video and audio. Roger explains the designs well, bubble sizes are quoted and the camera zooms in at the right times. All designs are accessible via a menu. So far so good... let's see what we have here.

« on: December 06, 2014, 11:02:11 PM »
Balloon Review 135 : Blue Angel PDF by Dennis Scott

Available from ... nis-scott/ priced $5

This PDF is "Hot off the classroom floor of the FPBA 2014" and is a two balloon airplane with an optional third clear balloon if you fancy a see-through cockpit. This is the first instructional release I have seen from Dennis Scott so let's see what we have here...

The PDF itself is full of colour photographs (more than is actually needed) so when accompanied by the text giving accurate bubble sizes you will not have any problems following along. The main difference for this design to lots of the others is it uses a combination of 260Q/160Q. The design itself is very fast to make, perfect for line work and this plane actually flies quite well when you throw it!

So if you do not have an existing plane design suitable for line work for a mere $5 this one will be perfectly fine.


« on: November 22, 2014, 01:14:52 AM »
Balloon Review 132 : Princess Blossoms by Twister Sister Blossom Princesses VIDEO DOWNLOAD

Available from priced $35 (or individually for $7 per design)

This is a collection of instructional DVDs by Twister Sister's (Holly) Vimeo channel comprising of 11 video files of various princess designs. All these designs can be mounted on balloon sticks, on top of headbands or attached to a plastic cup filled with sweets.

This is the first instructional videos I have purchased from this source and I must say the quality of the video is some of the best I have seen. Either viewed in real-time or downloaded in HD the colour is vibrant, the sound excellent and the instructions are explained slowly step by step.

Let’s see what we have here…

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