BAT OVER THE MOON MadeWithBalloons™

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Graphic MadeWithBalloons™ and RMS™ Banners of a bat flying across the moonBAT OVER THE MOON MadeWithBalloons™

---  ROUSEings --- By Graham Rouse

"ROUSEings" logo-iconCHOOSE YOUR SCALE

This design can be built in many different sizes. The 6' by 6' size is likely to be the most popular.  We use this version for our RouseCIPIES™ below. It will fit most rooms, will show off well from a distance and yet is small enough to fit easily through most standard doorways That makes it easier to build off site and bring it in just before your event. It takes just two packages of RMS™ Banners and balloons inflated 4" in diameter.

Scale it up with Rouse Matrix™ Builders and balloons inflated 8" in diameter. It takes four packages of Builders to build this design 12' by 12'.  You can go larger with RMS Super Builders.

Scale it down to much smaller sizes with RMS Mini-Matrix and bubbles made from twisted long balloons like # 260 and #350 balloons.

Check out options for Expand-And-Load™ balloon frames at Ballooniverse Mall online at http://bvsmall.com/rmsstore.

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Two RouseCIPES™ Below:     (A)  "SIMPLE" Technique RouseCIPE™

                                                     (B)  "FAST" Technique RouseCIPE™ 

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The three minute video immediately below gives you an overview of working with Rouse-Expand-And-Load™ (R-E-A-L™) balloon frames and RMS™ Banners in particular:

"SIMPLE" illustration / logo / icon for RE-A-L™ Balloon Art(A)  "SIMPLE" Technique ROUSEcipe™ 

(1) BALLOONS (We have chosen these colors, but you may use colors to match the season and your event.)

  • 158 Purple balloons (5"-6")
  • 129 Light Blue balloons (5"-6")
  •  99 Yellow balloons (5"-6")
  •  97 Black balloons (5"-6")
  •    2 Red balloons (5"-6") for eyes

(2) Rouse Matrix™ Banners

  • (2) Packages of RMS™' Banner Expand-And-Load™ panels (2 panels to a package). Connect 4 of the RMS™ Banner′ panels. Connect two side by side in a horizontal line and then two more directly above them into a group of four. Rotate them 90 degrees clockwise and expand to the right into a square shape.

(3) LAYOUT FOR LOADING BALLOONS

Break out the design into rows and then into pairs of balloons. Since there are an odd number of balloons in each horizontal row, there is a single balloon at the left end. Combine the single in one row with a single from the adjacent row.  Examples are wrapped in red ovals in the illustration below. There is just one single balloon to be loaded by itself in the bottom left hand corner.

WithBalloons™ and Rouse Matrix™ of bat flying across moon separated into pairs of balloons

(4) PREPARE BALLOONS IN PAIRS

Inflate, size & tie balloons in pairs according to your plan and the instructions below.

[caption id="attachment_1898" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Inflate and size balloons to 4" after squeezing them .Tie them in pairs to match your plan. Inflate and size balloons to 4" after squeezing them .Tie them in pairs to match your plan.[/caption]

Most balloons are not spheres, but are longer from the inflation neck to the opposite end of the balloon.  Squeezing balloons as show above before measuring them helps to get more accurate sizing.

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(5) LOAD BALLOONS IN PAIRS

Roll balloons into adjacent openings according to your plan and make sure they are centered in the Matrix straps.

[caption id="attachment_1853" align="alignleft" width="193"]Roll balloons into adjacent openings. Roll balloons into adjacent openings.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1854" align="alignright" width="169"]Center balloons in Matrix straps. Center balloons in Matrix straps.[/caption]

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This technique of loading connected balloons in adjacent openings is a Rouse Original Technique and is patented in the USA for use exclusively with Rouse Matrix™ frames. It has advantages over loading balloons in singles:

  • Balloons are tied two at once.
  • Pick up and handle two balloons at once.
  • Load one balloon and the second is right there for loading next.
  • Each balloon acts as an anchor helping to hold the other in place

 

(6) STAND UP YOUR DISPLAY

Standard installation works well.  On this design we recommend using at least two base plates with vertical poles or pipes behind the display. Use them on the back side of the display. Use one near each end. You may use cable ties (zip ties / electrical ties), elastic bands or other lines to tie around the vertical element and the Matrix straps between balloons.  We recommend at least three connections on each vertical. Use at least one near the top and bottom and at least one in the middle. Tighten the connection until balloons are snug against the vertical element. If you tighten it too much you will force balloons out of the Matrix. .

(B)  ROUSEcipe™ FOR SPEED GRAPHIC™ ASSEMBLY:

(1) BALLOONS 

  • They are the same as above except, use Double Ended Balloons (DEBs) Like Quick Link Balloons™ or Link-O-Loons™ rather than standard round balloons.
 

(2) Rouse Matrix ™ Banners

  • Combine and expand the same as above.
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(3) LAYOUT FOR LOADING BALLOONS

  • Break out the design into rows and then into pairs of balloons plus the one single at the end of each row.
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(4) PREPARE BALLOONS IN PAIRS

  • Inflate, size & tie balloons in pairs according to your plan and the instructions above except the single on each row should be tied to the adjacent pair in the same row.
  • As you tie pairs for each row, tie the 9 pairs and one triplet together to make a string of 21 for each of the 23 horizontal rows.
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(5) LOAD BALLOONS IN STRINGS

  •  Roll balloons into adjacent openings according to your plan and make sure they are centered in the Matrix straps.
  • This 80 seconds video will give you an idea of just how fast balloons can be loaded with this Speed Graphic™ technique.
You are not likely to be this fast, at least not at first.  It is normal, however to load two to four times faster using t his technique. This technique variation of loading connected balloons in adjacent openings is also a Rouse Original Technique and is patented in the USA for use exclusively with Rouse Matrix™ frames. .

(6) STAND UP YOUR DISPLAY

  • Standard installation works well. Use the same instructions as shown above.
Whether you choose classic pairs or Speed Graphic strings, you end up with new skills and a fun display MadeWithBalloons™.  Here are some resources to help you get started. .

(C)  ROUSEcipe™ RESOURCES:

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