GET STARTED WITH RMS™
—— “JustRouseIt” ——
By Graham Rouse
“I’m new to the art of balloon work. I love your offerings, but there are so many that I am overwhelmed. How do I get started?”
NEW TO RMS™?
Rouse Matrix™ Double Bubbles are one of the easiest ways to get started with RMS™. Make your Double Bubble and push one of the bubbles through an opening. That is it.
Sounds easy doesn’t it? Watch the 90 second video below to SEE just how simple and easy it really is.
Another great thing is that once you learn these basic Rouse Double Bubble skills you will be able to immediately make the Double Bubble version of any and all of the 19 RMS pre-cut, air filled, balloon decorator shapes available at the online RMS Store in Ballooniverse Mall.
HOW EASY IT THAT?!
Very simple, isn’t it? And, with a little practice, it is very easy.
I have both an eleven year old granddaughter and a 93 year old neighbor that can get professional looking results by loading Rouse Double Bubbles into Rouse Matrix™ this way. It is just so easy!
For most people, the harder part is sizing the balloons properly and then tying both ends together. Review the videos above for my tying technique. It will give you a starting place. Here is a short video on sizing balloons for use in Rouse Matrix™. It explains when you should squeeze balloons before measuring their size and when that is not necessary.
Here is a hint. You squeeze balloons when measuring for Double Bubbles but not for Double Layers.
DOUBLE BUBBLE VS DOUBLE LAYER
The Double Bubble techniques we show you here have significant similarities to the Double Layer technique in the first article of this series. They also have significant differences. Each method of loading balloons has advantages.
SIMILARITIES OF DOUBLE BUBBLE AND DOUBLE LAYER
- Both have one balloon in front and one on the flip side of the display.
- Both have space between front and back for reinforcing structure.
- Both are stronger than a similar single layer display.
- Both are more tolerant of sizing mistakes than a similar single layer display.
- Both require less skill than single layer for producing a “flat” display.
DOUBLE BUBBLE DISADVANTAGES VS DOUBLE LAYER
- Double Bubbles use more expensive double ended balloons.
- Double Bubbles require twice as many knots.
- Double Bubble displays have about half the stiffness.
DOUBLE BUBBLE ADVANTAGES VS DOUBLE LAYER
- Double Bubbles use only one balloon frame versus two.
- Double Bubbles load two balloons at once versus one at a time.
- Double Bubbles automatically center themselves versus manual centering.
START WITH STAR-6
Lets get you started with a 2′, RMS™ Star-6 (that is a six pointed star). It has some special benefits for RMS™ beginners.
- It has the same honeycomb (hexagon) grid as most RMS™ balloon frames.
- It holds balloons of the most popular size for RMS™. (5″ round latex balloons)
- It is small enough (about 2′ in diameter) to handle easily in a small work space.
- It has been pre-cut into a popular and useful shape (a six pointed star).
- You need only one bag of (100) 5″-6″, double ended, latex balloons to practice a variety of loading techniques. You may, however, prefer to get two or three bags so you can make designs with different colors.
LOAD THEM UP – DOUBLE BUBBLE HEART
The Rouse Matrix™ 2′ Heart is another popular shape. It has most of the same advantages as the 2′ Star-6 for practice. But, the openings are not all the same size and shape. That makes preparation of the balloons and loading of them a little more work. The double bubble technique, however, is well suited to accommodate those variations..
In the first video above we showed how to make Rouse Double Bubbles with two, double ended balloons. In this video we show how to twist a single, double ended balloon in the middle to create two bubbles and then tie opposite ends together to create your Rouse Double Bubble. After that you just push one of the bubbles through an appropriate opening in the Rouse Matrix™. You are on your way to a finished display MadeWithBalloons™ that is so easy you might not want your customers to watch.
Well, maybe you would want them to watch if you want to build a “Do It Yourself” clientele who get their training and supplies from you.
THE GREAT THING
The great thing is that you have learned a lot more than you realize.
With just these three basic skills
- Expand the Matrix
- Inflate, size and tie balloons
- Load the Rouse Double Bubble balloons
you can make ALL the Rouse Matrix™ shapes that you will find at the online RMS™ Store plus many more. The RMS™ Store currently includes:
|Award Statue||Candy Cane||Football||Seahorse|
|Bat||Circle||Football Player||Star 5|
|Bath Tub||Diamond||Gingerbread Boy||Star 6|
Select one of the RMS™ Shapes listed above to see more information about it and to purchase them if you like.
The nominal size of balloons and the actual inflation size will vary depending upon the overall shape you choose and the size of the openings you fill. Most use 5″ or 6″ balloons inflated to 4″ in diameter. See instructions sheets that come with the Rouse Matrix. You may download instruction sheets and other useful information from Rouse International’s free “Downloads” page.
Here are a few pictures to get your brain thinking about possibilities. Some are much larger than our two examples above and some have add-on embellishments, but all the basic construction can be accomplished with the techniques you have learned here.
Here is a list of online resources for more information about Rouse Tools and Techniques that will Advance Your Balloon Art and Business. Do not be overwhelmed by the long list. Check them out one at a time at your leisure.
Or, simply return here for more in our series “Get Started with RMS™”.
- #1 Double Layers Online Now.
- #2 Double Bubble You Are There Now
- #3 Single Layer Online Now
- #4 Modular Panels
- #5 Speed Graphics
- #6 Stand Them Up
- #7 3-D Forms
Each one will take you one easy step further toward becoming an expert..
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* Balloon displays that incorporate our overlapping cut expandable frame technology are covered by USA patent # 6,332,823. Balloon displays that incorporate the Double Bubble technique shown here are covered by USA patent #7,094,124. As of this writing (April 18, 2013) and wherever USA patents apply, that means you must use official Rouse Matrix Systems™ balloon frames rather than other frames. You may currently (April 18, 2013) use your own choice of balloons and other components. That is 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 today. Do come again soon as we examine other balloon projects and skills to Advance Your Balloon Art and Business.
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Copyright 2013 by Graham Rouse