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    Balloon Art: How to Make a Mermaid?

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    Balloon Art: How to Make Mermaid? - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Since we are right at the beautiful beach today, why do not we make a mermaid? You can blow up the balloon almost all the way. Divide it in half and we are going to twist about a one inch bubble on the end there. These two are going to get forced up and in between and that is going to make two pinched twists, which is what they are called in the industry. Bend like that and we are going to twist the tails and push them through, locking it in place. That is going to make the tail for our mermaid. There goes the first part. Take blush balloon. Does not matter how long it is on the end, two, three inches or so. It is not going to make a difference. We are going to trim that off later. Then a red balloon. Again, does not really matter because that is going to get trimmed off too. Just do not blow it up all the way to the end. It will be harder to work with. Then you are going to want to trim that. Small part here comes off and it is going to give you something like that. You are going to come forward about an inch to two inches and twist. Then you are going to pull the red balloon up and around. Give a little twist right about there for the part in the hair and then travel over the top with the rest of it, creating a giant loop. That is going to give you the hair and the face, right there. Now you are going to take the remainder of the hair, wrap it around two or three times. If you wrap it three times it is like tying a knot. Then you are going to put a pinch twist right in here. One inch bubble. Pull on it. Make it really tight for the neck. This little excess piece here, just cut that off and the head and neck is done. Now for the arms, go about three to four inches across and make a bend. About five to six inches across, make another bend. Then you are going to split between the two bends. That is going to make her two arms. Make them about the same size on either side. Twist those together. That gives you your arms, hair, face, and body. If you push the chest portion up like that, it looks like she is kind of holding her arms down further like that. Now, approximately where the belly button is, twist that onto the green piece we had earlier. So it does not come untied, you make a little half-inch pinch twist knot right there and the excess can be gone. Now when you have a little bit of extra hanging here, give it a good hard pull and let it go, it will suck right into it and you do not have to worry about it. So, we got most of it done. All we need is some seashells for her. If you take the balloon, a 260 balloon in the center, and you stress it by pulling on it before you blow it up, put a bubble of air, you can force that bubble of air down into the middle. Give it a little bit more, approximately about two inches. An inch and a half to two inches. Split that and insert it on either side of the arms. Go around back and tie it into a knot. Trim the excess and pull the seashells into the proper position. Pair of lips, some eyes, and of course the belly button, and you have a mermaid.