Monday, June 27, 2005

Shaq And Paris Hilton Are Blowin’ Up!

MIAMI (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There’s no question that Shaquille O’Neal and Paris Hilton are famous, but now they’re really blowin’ up – as in balloons.

That’s according to Miami-based balloon sculptress Irina Patterson, who blows and twists rubber caricatures of celebrities at birthday parties and other events.

She says Shaq and Paris are her two most-requested models, although they can be challenging. For instance, it takes 60 mocha brown balloons to twist a life-size Shaq and the hardest part is shaping each one of his sausage-sized fingers.

Meanwhile, it takes about 30 minutes and 30 pink balloons to make Paris, plus a few pencil-sized brown balloons to sculpt her constant companion, tiny Tinkerbell the dog.

The saddest part of the sculptures, Patterson says, is 10 days after they’re made they shrink into deflated lumps and “die.”

To lengthen their lifespans, the balloon lady recommends putting them in an air-conditioned room and “don’t twist, play or sit on them.”

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