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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 5 - 6
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (May 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423607457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423607458
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Balloonology is the ultimate guide to balloon twisting! With simple instructions and step-by-step photos, you can go from beginner to super expert. Award-winning balloon artist Jeremy Telford shows you how to fold, twist, tie, and shape balloons into 32 awesome creations, including a jet, princess, flamingo, octopus, helicopter, and more. You'll also learn how to come up with your own designs so that you can turn just about anything you can think of into a balloon sculpture!

Jeremy Telford has been running his business, Balloon Guy Entertainment, since 2003 and has performed at hundreds of events and parties. He has created over 250 designs, including a life-size T. rex and has won awards for his designs. Visit him at Balloonguyentertainment.com.

About the Author

Jeremy Telford has been running his business, Balloon Guy Entertainment, since 2003 and has performed at hundreds of events and parties. He has created over 250 designs, including a life-size T. rex and has won awards for his designs. Visit him at Balloonguyentertainment.com.


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Customer Reviews

Perfect book for learning to make balloon figures.
K. Hardy
I wish I could just look for "dolphin" or "pumpkin," etc, in the table of contents or an index, and then go straight to the directions, but there's no way to do that.
Indalo
This book has great instructions and photos to follow.
K. Hanlin

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jon on September 4, 2010
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I have been making balloon sculptures for twenty-three year, and have use dozens of books to learn new techniques and designs. Most of those books focus on designs that are either much to simple or are overly complex. Balloonology has neither of those problems. Mr. Telford has written a book that teaches great multi-balloon designs that are very usable in the real world of balloon artistry.
I received the book in the mail three days ago, and have already added some of the designs into my birthday party routine. They were a big hit.
If you are a beginner or a pro, this book will teach you some useful techniques. The humor the author uses is also fun. He added jokes that can be used with most of the designs. If he writes more balloon books I will buy them.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Janelle Rollins on September 5, 2011
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This book is helpful for those who are not first timers like myself. I did better watching a YouTube video on balloon shaping/twisting. Also, there aren't many beginner images in the book. Lastly, the time that is shown to make an image is for a seasoned balloon twister. For a beginner, multiply that time by 20, on your 10th time trying. This book is detailed and would be good for anyone other than a beginner. Beginners should refer to a YouTube video on balloon shaping/balloon twisting for which there are many to watch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 22, 2011
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This book is awesome. I am new to the art and needed a beginners book. The color pictures and directions are easy to follow and several of the designs are absolutely adorable and will make anyone smile. The author is funny and offers several tips. Some of the designs are really complex and I don't have the time to create these in my volenteer activities. However, almost all of the designs in this book can be made in around a minute with practice. Designs include monkey w/ banana, octopus, snake, flower, dolphin, flamingo, 3 mice patterns, moose, horse, pig, frog, lion, skeleton, bee, princess, helicopter, man, seahorse, starfish, jet, butterfly, dog, sword, and a few more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Indalo on June 1, 2012
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I've been making balloon animals for years and used to make them for parties, but not at the level of the creations pictured in this book, so I thought this would help me up my game. I like the ideas for advanced balloon creations, and the photos of the finished works are inspiring.

However, it's really hard to understand the author's explanations of how to make the different balloons. Even with my experience, I often have no idea what the author's talking about, and there aren't enough pictures of the steps to help figure out what he means.

Also, the different balloon creations are scattered throughout the book, without an index. I wish I could just look for "dolphin" or "pumpkin," etc, in the table of contents or an index, and then go straight to the directions, but there's no way to do that. The only way to find directions for a specific balloon creation is to flip through every single page. Reading on my iPhone Kindle app, that takes forever!

So, I would recommend this book if you're looking for some really cool ideas and you can figure out how to make them by just looking at a picture of the final product. But, if you're looking for clear instructions, or a way to look up how to make specific fancy balloon creations, this is probably not the book for you.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ThinkForYourself on March 19, 2011
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I bought this book and another book and they both were very informative and pretty simple to understand. The more complex knots and twists were a little complicated, but if you go to youtube and watch someone experienced do it, it makes more sense. Great book, fast shipping. I give it 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diana S. Wilton on October 5, 2011
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As other people have said this book is not for beginners. There are some useful things but for some reason he used the last half of the book to showcase his crap designs that didn't turn out right... I would MUCH rather have just seen more that did turn out correctly, but oh well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Momof6&9yrolds on June 5, 2011
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Book is kind of tough to follow. Could use some easier designs as starters. Does have some fun designs!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan__ on October 31, 2011
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This is a good book to learn designs. I would pay 20 dollars for more pictures, but you get what you get. They are fun designs to make.
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