Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tip and Tricks of the Trade - Part 4 Controlling a Bubble Balloon® for vinyl application

20" Deco Bubble, with 16" White latex inside.
U.S. Patent No. 6,782,675

I recently taught a class showing different ideas and techniques working with Qualatex® Bubble Balloons and turned to Chris AdamoCBA, of Balloons Online, in Sydney, NSW, Australia, some weeks before I was due to teach the class to ask him what technique he used to "control" a helium-filled Bubble Balloon whilst adding vinyl and how to ensure that the text or image was centrally positioned. Chris has already showed us how to add vinyl transfer to flat foil balloons along with how to make confetti filled balloons in "Tips and Tricks of the Trade- Part 1," and I thought that he would be the perfect person to ask!

Chris confessed that he had not worked out a specific way, but would be very happy to work on it! We discussed a few ideas and Chris went away to play!

Within no time, Chris had devised the perfect solution —a cardboard jig, something that we can all make very easily from a cardboard box and a few un-inflated 260Q balloons! 
The video clip below gives you full instructions on how to make your Bubble Balloon into a solid colour Bubble, how to make the Bubble jig, and how to add the vinyl to the Bubble. For all you vinyl users, this is the coolest tip ever!

When I arrived at the Slovenia Qualatex Event, my first job was to make my jig, as I knew that I would need it to help me to prepare for my class. In fact, I made two: one for 20" Bubbles and the other for 24" Bubbles. They did not look pretty. Sadly, I did not take any pictures, but my goodness, it really made a huge difference when working with my Bubbles! When I showed it to the delegates in the class, they all thought that it was a wonderful, tool! 

So a huge thank you to Chris, who once again shares an amazing, time-saving, and extremely useful tool with the balloon world!

Happy Ballooning!



Unknown said...

Thanks for inviting me to contribute Sue! This blog has been a fantastic source of information and inspiration to me, its a real honor to give something back.

Unknown said...

GREAT tip Chris!

Fatimah ishaq said...

Hi Chris I wanted your advice on putting vinyl onto bubble balloons. The problem I’ve been having is the following day the vinyl creases and looks like it’s wrinkled and coming away from the balloon I’m relatively new at balloons but I absolutely love them and don’t want to give up on them. I’ve tried googling the problem but can’t find a solution. I was hoping you’d be able to give me some advice of where I’m going wrong. I’m not using cheap low tack vinyl either

Unknown said...

Hi Fatimah, did you find a solution? I’m having the same problem! Charlotte

cherrylee said...

Charlotte and Fatimah I have the same problem, please let me know if you find a solution or reason why

Unknown said...

Fatimah, Charlotte, Cherylee. The problem probably is due to Helium expanding in heat and shrinking in colder temperature. The more the bubble expands and shrinks the more creases you will get in the vinyl.

Amitch said...

Hi guys I’m also new to the balloon industry and have recently came across some of my deco bubble s when inflated they have some sort of marks inside has anyone had this ? Is it a school boy error that I’m doin wrong!?