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Aug 13

GOLD DOME MadeWithBalloons™ On A ROLL

 Award winning Gold Dome MadeWithBalloons™ design Photo of Graham Rouse with name underneathjustrouseit-logo-icon-100x100-with-border-02-web———————————

“This international award winner from the 1990s can  be  built  more  quickly  and  easily today  if  we JustRouseIt™ with RMS™ & Pre-Linked Roll Balloons™ 

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Rouse Pre-Linked ROLL Balloon logo/iconSTART WITH THE BEST!

TOP AWARD

This large sculpture entry won a top award at the International Balloon Arts Convention. It was a glitzy, space age, 22′ dome of AIR FILLED (no helium required), gold and silver Microfoils from Pioneer Balloon Company. You see the golden glow on the outside.

MIRRORED CEILING & WALLS

The inside of the dome was like 840 convex, silver, security mirrors reflecting the colorful glow of illuminated latex balloons that had been formed into sculptured walls.  The animated figures of curious people passed between the radiant walls and the hundreds of mirrors in the dome. The space was alive with fascinating and  changing images.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Conwin’s automatic cut off regulators enabled us to get accurate and consistent inflation of all our foil balloons. The balloons themselves were held together by the precursor of current Glue Dots.

SOMETHING NEW

Gil Ganz, at our request, manufactured small, two sided adhesive patches for our use in this project MadeWithBalloons™.  He later sold these as standard supplies for balloon artists. Gil has since retired as has his brand of adhesive patches, but the trend to small adhesive patches and “dots” manufactured especially for balloon artists began right here.

 

THEN MAKE IT BETTER!

Even as good as this award winning Gold dome is, we can make it even better when we JustRouseIt™ with patented, Rouse Original Tools & Techniques.

1.  Apply R.E-A-L  (Rouse Expand-An-Load) balloon art technology by using Rouse Matrix™ Super Builders.

2.  Apply RAAD (Rouse Advanced Aperture Display) technology by including adhesive between the balloon frame and the balloons to help hold them in place.

3. Anticipate ROLL (Rouse Roll Balloon) technology as we look forward to using Rouse Roll Balloons™ once they are in production “tomorrow”.

4. JustRouseIt™ one more time by using RMS™ graph paper (not patented) to plan our design in  a 3-D, scale model.

All these are Rouse Original tools designed to help you Advance Your Art & Build Your Business MadeWithBalloons™  in this project and in others to come.

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(1) JustRouseIt™ WITH RMS™ SUPER BUILDERS

RMS™ Super Builders are a special version of Rouse Original Expand-And-Load balloon frames designed for 18″ round film balloons. They are just right for building this dome.

We were proud of our sculpture and very pleased that it won an award, but if we were to build it again we would JustRouseIt™ with our latest technology to make the construction task much easier and faster. 

We would still use the Qualatex foil balloons and inflate them with the Conwin automatic cut off regulators, but now we would use Rouse Matrix™ Super Builders to hold the foil balloons in place.

THE BIG TRICK

The big trick to using the RMS™ Super Builders with foil balloons is to make sure the balloons are centered in the Matrix.  That way the  adhesive stripes on the Matrix can do their job . The video below shows exactly what that centering looks like.

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A SMALLER TRICK

A smaller trick, but equally important, is how to get the balloons into that centered position. Eighteen inch, round, foil balloons are larger than most balloon decorators commonly use. They are stiffer and slipperier than most latex balloons. They, therefore, require a little extra effort. They add so much longevity and “glitz, however, that they are worth learning how to get them installed and functioning at their best.  The video below shows my favorite technique for installing those foil balloons into the Super Builders. Give it a try.

 

(2) JustRouseIt™ WITH RAAD™ ADHESIVE TECHNOLOGY

RMS™ Super Builders, just like all the other Rouse Matrix Expand-and-Load™ balloon frames incorporate adhesives on the frames to help hold balloons in place. That is especially important on the very slippery film balloons. You do not have to do anything extra.  It is built in.

 

(3) JustRouseIt™ WITH ROLL BALLOONS TO
MAKE IT EVEN BETTER “TOMORROW”

EASIER & FASTER ROUSE TECHNOLOGY

There is another Rouse Original and patented technology for projects MadeWithBalloons™ that promises to make decorating jobs like this one even easier and faster “tomorrow”.

JustRouseIt™ 20-AT-A-TIME

Suppose, instead of having to inflate all 840 foil balloons 1-at-a-time, you could inflate them 20-at-a-time with just one of those Conwin automatic inflators. Push the button. Hold it until it cuts off and you are are done.

CONVENIENT CONNECTIONS

Suppose that average set of 20 balloons were already connected together. Once you install one of those balloons the next one is right there and ready to be installed without having to chase it down or dig into some loose bag of balloons. That would be easier, faster and more convenient wouldn’t it?

REUSABLE

Suppose you could easily reuse all those long, connected balloons? That would really increase your return on investment, wouldn’t it?

If you wanted to reuse the original design, you would have to untape the valves, insert straws and squeeze each one of those 840 balloons until all the air was out. Then you would still need to pull them apart and cover the taped spots or use solvents to clean off the 5040 sticky spots (6 on each of the 840 balloons).

With the new balloons you would likely just cut off one end of each of the 42 long balloons and roll them up from the opposite end to squeeze out all the air. Stuff them into a duffle bag or box and take them home. Unroll them later for reuse.

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE ROUSE ROLL BALLOONS™

These and more benefits are possible with Rouse Roll Balloons™. Roll Balloons™ are not in production yet, but look for them to come.  In fact, ASK FOR THEM NOW from your favorite balloon distributor.  Distributors do not have them yet (July 2015), but if you ask for Roll Balloons™ then distributors will know you want them. Distributors will in turn ask for them from manufacturers. Manufacturers are more likely to make new products like Roll Balloons™ when they know there is an existing demand; yours.

Rouse Roll Balloons™ are connected. This example has connecting tubes that allow air to flow among all balloons in the string (or ROLL).

Rouse Roll Balloons™ are connected. This example has connecting tubes that allow air to flow among all balloons in the string (ROLL).

Simply load one balloon into an aperture (opening) and then load the next balloon of the roll into the next aperture and so on.

MORE ABOUT ROLL BALLOONS™

You can learn more about Rouse Roll Balloons™ at the “Balloons On A Roll” Blog.

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(4) DESIGN WITH AN RMS™ GRAPH PAPER MODEL

ANY DESIGN

Nearly any design you make with RMS™ Graph paper, whether it is flat or a three dimensional model, can be made 24 times as large with RMS™ balloon frames and balloons.

SUPER BUILDER GRAPH PAPER

We did not have this special, honeycomb, graph paper when we planned the original dome, but we would certainly use it today.  

Download a copy for your own planning from: http://rouseinternational.com/downloads/pdf/SuperBuilderGraphFilm.pdf .

Rouse Matrix™ Super Builder Graph Paper

Rouse Matrix™ Super Builder Graph Paper

THE LAYOUT

  1. The dome is made of six pentagon shaped “umbrellas”.
  2. Each of the pentagons is made of five triangles.
  3. Each of the triangles has seven balloons along each edge.
  4. Sketch out each of the triangles on the graph paper in a row.
  5. Leave one row of balloons empty between triangles to allow for  cutting between triangles.
  6. You will need 30 triangles (6 pentagons x 5 triangles each).
  7. One sheet of graph paper is too small to hold them all so cut out the graph sections from additional pages and tape them together. (2 panels wide by 14 panels long).

 

Super Builder graph paper layout for 30 triangles wit 7 balloon on each edge of the traingle

Cut out and stick together graph paper showing two panels wide and 14 Super Builder panels long. Lay out 30 triangles with 7 balloons along each edge of the triangle. Be sure to leave one row of opening empty between triangles.

Enlarged view of graph paper layout

Closer view of layout for Rouse Matrix™ Super Builders to make triangles for Gold Dome.
— The white areas that are 10 openings long and 3 openings tall represent a single RMS™ Super Builder
— The Gray opening are rows of openings that are added when Super Builders are connected.
— Use scissors shown in green to cut out the graph paper triangles to make the model and to cut out the real thing along lines illustrated in red.

 

CUT & TAPE

  1. Cut out the triangles,
  2. trim them and
  3. tape them together on two of the three sides in a circle of five triangles.  Notice that they puff up in the middle to form something like an umbrella.
  4. Use one pentagon as the center.
  5. Tape one point from each of the other pentagons to a different point of the center pentagon.
  6. lift up the center pentagon and tape together the adjacent points of the encircling pentagons.
  7. Your paper dome is up.
  8. You may measure your graph paper dome with a ruler. One inch on the model equals approximately 24″ when you build the real thing.

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FOLLOW THE MODEL

When you build the real thing your project will proceed in a similar way.

  1. You connect RMS™ Builder panels before you open them.
  2. Stretch them open as you load them with balloons according to your graph paper plan.
  3. Leave your empty row between triangles.
  4. Cut around the triangle of balloons with scissors.
  5. If you have a second team/person they can be connecting the triangles to each other in sets of five with cable ties while the first team/person proceeds with loading and  trimming triangles.
  6. You may set a 6′ to 8′ step ladder under the center of the pentagon you plan to use for the center of your dome to hold it up temporarily while you add the surrounding pentagons.

TENT POLE?

We had never built anything like this before so we included a center pole that was mostly hidden by the inner decorative walls to guarantee that our dome would not sag over the duration of the exhibit.  At one point we did disconnect the pole. The dome did settle but held its own. With the RMS™ framing your dome should be even stronger, but you may want to have a similar center support or a “sky hook” line to the ceiling available “just in case”.

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REVIEW

Even as good as this award winning Gold dome is, we can make it even better when we JustRouseIt™ with patented, Rouse Original Tools & Techniques.

1.  Apply R.E-A-L  (Rouse Expand-An-Load) balloon art technology by using Rouse Matrix™ Super Builders.

2.  Apply RAAD (Rouse Advanced Aperture Display) technology by including adhesive between the balloon frame and the balloons to help hold them in place.

3. Anticipate ROLL (Rouse Roll Balloon) technology as we look forward to using Rouse Roll Balloons™ once they are in production “tomorrow”.

4. JustRouseIt™ one more time by using RMS™ graph paper (not patented) to plan our design in  a 3-D, scale model.

All these are Rouse Original tools designed to help you Advance Your Art & Build Your Business MadeWithBalloons™  in this project and in others to come.

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LEGAL NOTES:

Balloon displays that incorporate overlapping cut expandable frame technology are covered by USA patent # 6,332,823.

Balloon displays that incorporate adhesives and/or a wide range of other techniques to replace or to supplement pneumatic pressure to hold balloons inside apertures are covered by USA patent #7,094,124. Muti-chamber balloons utilizing Rouse Roll Balloon™ technology are covered by USA Patent # 7,491,109.

As of this writing (August 13, 2013) and wherever USA patents apply, that means you may make, use or sell balloon displays that incorporate any of these patented technologies only with official, Rouse authorized components.

Balloon frames must be official Rouse Matrix Systems™ balloon frames rather than other frames. Roll Balloons must be official Rouse Roll balloons or Rouse licensed versions. You may currently (August 13, 2013) use your own choice of standard balloons and other components.

These terms are subject to change without personal notification. Check back here and other official Rouse web sites for updates

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Thanks for joining me here this time. I look forward to having you back again.

Until then, I remain your host for Balloons On A ROLL blog.

Graham Rouse
Rouse Technologies LLC
“Advancing The Art & Commerce Of Balloons Worldwide”
With Rouse Original Technologies
Clemson, SC USA.
email: gmr@rousetech.com

Copyright 2013-15 by Graham Rouse, Rouse Technologies LLC

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