HOW TO CREATE A CURVE LIKE THIS MadeWithBalloons™ & RMS™

photo of a curved section of ribbon

 

——  “JustRouseIt”  ——
By Graham Rouse

 

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We recently received an inquiry asking about how to make a curve like the one above with Rouse Matrix. Here is one part of the answer that we thought might be of interest to a wider audience. 

We hope you will send us your questions. We will be happy to respond.  Sometimes we can give you THE solution.  Sometimes we will suggest resources.  Sometimes we might offer our services for hire.  Other times we might publish ideas to serve your needs and hopefully the needs of others as well.

FLAT APPROACH TO THE CURVE

One approach is to make a flat graphic of the curve.  RMS™ offers a variety of grid patterns and sizes that might be used.  

  • Generally the smaller the openings and the matching balloons, the easier it will be to create smooth curves.
  • The honeycomb (hexagon) grid has an axis in three directions rather than just two for square grids. This will generally help in making more subtle curves.  
  • Rouse patented “Split Aperture” techniques will also help make those softer curves.
  • Overlays of outlines can also reduce the appearance of bumps inherent in all regular grids.
  • Subtle shifts of color along the edges can also be used to create the visual impression of smoother curves.

THREE DIMENSIONAL APPROACH

The picture looks like a ribbon that has been bent and tilted to show it off in perspective, Here is one way to recreate that effect.

We will use RMS to create a ribbon, bend it and then tilt it to recreate a view that is similar to the one in the picture. We are going to plan our design in a model created with RMS Banner Graph Paper.

Download RMS Banner Graph Paper for your own use from http://www.rouseinternational.com/downloads/pdf/MP-BNR-G4-H-110A-5L-GRAPH.pdf.

(1) Cut out from RMS Banner Graph Paper. One panel wide by four panels long.

(1) Cut out from RMS Banner Graph Paper. One panel wide by four panels long.

 (1) Use a cut out from RMS Banner Graph Paper one panel wide by four panels long.

Note that I have added a section of wire in the picture that is just slightly shorter than the four panels.  This wire represents larger wire, tube or rod that you might use with the real display.

Add wire to the back of the paper model.

(2) Add wire to the back of the paper model.

 

 (2) Add wire to the back of the paper model. I simply taped it on.  When you build the real thing we suggest

  • cable ties that are wrapped around the wire, tube or other and then wrapped around the straps between balloons.
  • More frequent ties will make it easier to bend the Matrix smoothly when you bend the metal reinforcing material. 
  • Tighten the cable ties only until the backing and the balloons are snug.If you tighten them too much you will push the balloons out of place.

 

(3) Bend wire to desired curve.

(3) Bend wire to desired curve.

 (3) Bend wire to desired curve. This may take some experimenting. That is where the model is especially helpful.  It is much easier to experiment on this small scale to work out just the right curve.

 

(4) Turn the formed Matrix to make a display that looks like the original design.

(4) Turn the formed Matrix to make a display that looks like the original design.

 (4) Tilt the formed Matrix to make a display that looks like the original design.  Experiment with the angle. Go back and adjust the curve of the reinforcing material if needed.

Use the final curve as your model for building the real thing. The graph paper is approximately 1″ on the paper = 24″ when you build the real thing.

If you want to build something of your own you may purchase RMS Banner online at http://www.bvsmall.com/rmsbanners . Or, you may locate an RMS Distributor nearer to you at http://www.rouseinternational.com/distributors/index.htm#Top

SUPPORT IT

There are more steps to complete the real project.  They could be the subject of future posts or even some hands-on classes.

If you have questions or suggestions of your own, please comment below.

If you are interested in related articles or hands-on classes, please let us know that as well.

We would love to hear from you.. 


Thanks for joining me here today. Do come again soon as we examine other balloon projects and skills to Advance Your Art and Business MadeWithBalloons™.

Graham Rouse
“Just Rouse It” Blog
email: JustRouseIt@gmail.com

Copyright 2014 by Graham Rouse


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