|The most popular balloon used in twisting is the 260. The 260 is 2″ around & 60″ long when fully inflated. Although quite often the balloon is not inflated fully (depending on your creation), it is important to recognize the size. The 260 is also known as a pencil balloon.The 160 is 1″ around & 60″ long when fully inflated. It is also known as a spaghetti balloon. Used for smaller creations & details.The 350 is 3″ around & 50″ long when fully inflated. Used for larger creations & bodies of characters.The 646 is 6″ around & 46″ long when fully inflated. You probably won’t need this balloon right off the bat. It is used in more advanced creations & not a very easy balloon to work with.
The 321 is 3″ around & 21″ long when fully inflated. You’ll notice this balloon has a colored “tip” on the end. This balloon is usually referred to as a Bee Body. It’s best known for making bug bodies, but has quite a variety of uses. You’ll find this a good balloon to have on hand.
The 6″ heart is probably the second most popular balloon, right after the 260. It inflates into a heart shape without any manipulation from the twister. Ideal for flowers, wishing wands, butterflies, fish, and a multitude of other things. If I could only have 2 types of balloons, they would be the 260s & 6″ hearts.
The 5″ round is very useful for eyes & details. You can get them plain or imprinted with a variety of ‘faces’. Consider using Alien Heads, Pooh Faces, Spiderman, Eyeballs, Friendly Eyeballs, Google Eyes, Frog Faces, Bird Faces, etc. These can really make your life as a twister a lot simpler.
Another balloon you might find useful, you might also find a little expensive. The 6″ GEO Blossom is a great way to make flowers, collars for heads (see 5″ rounds), and a few other things. They are very pretty, but some find them difficult to tie, and they do cost a good bit more than other balloons. Save these for special occasions & advanced creations.