WHAT A KICK! MadeWithBalloons™

Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ donkey animation

Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ donkey infographic

Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ shapes like this donkey are easy and fun. You can even imagine them coming alive to play. You’ll get a KICK! out of it.

Make your own donkey with balloons and an RMS™ Donkey frame from bvsmall.com/donkey.

Check out dozens of other fun shapes you can make with balloons .

 

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THANKS TO YOU  for joining me here today.
Do come again with your friends to learn more ways you can
JustRouseIt To Advance Your Balloon Art And Business™
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Graham Rouse
JustRouseIt.MadeWithBalloons.com
email: JustRouseIt@gmail.com
© 2014  by Graham Rouse

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SHOPPING CENTER SCULPTURED SWIRL MadeWithBalloons™

North Hills Shopping Center Swirl MadeWithBalloons™

"Just Rouse It" logo - icon with purpe boarder & f2f7fc cornersSHOPPING CENTER SWIRL
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This giant swirl was a marvelous design when we built it quite some years ago for North Hills Shopping Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. I think it is still a great concept.

It produces sculptured bands of swirling color in the air. And, it does it with more variety of form and fewer balloons than would be required of standard garlands MadeWithBalloons™.

Today we know how to make sculptured swirls like this a lot easier and faster than when we first hung this one in North Hills mall.

We can “JustRouseIt™” with our latest tools and techniques.

THE ORIGINAL

There were three basic elements in the original; the balloons, the glue and the metal tubes. The metal tubes were two 1/2″ EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing) connected end to end. The balloons were standard, round, latex. The glue was “rubber cement”.

The slow part was assembling it all. We used a special fitting that came with the EMT to join the ends. Pipe benders from the hardware store helped greatly with bending the tubes into shape, but the balloons were a considerably more difficult and tedious task.

Getting balloons and glue positioned properly and them holding them in place until the glue set was not so much fun. Glue dots would have been faster, but they were not yet available.

Glue also brought the risk of one balloon tearing up it’s neighbors if it were to pop.

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TODAY

Today we have new tools and techniques to make the whole process simpler, easier, faster.

Even the planning process has been simplified. Now we have honeycomb graph paper to plan the design. Square grid graph paper was readily available then, but that would give only four contact points between balloons instead of six and would also leave much larger gaps between groups of balloons.

Graph paper  and model of Swirl MadeWithBalloons™ & Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ balloon frames

 Sketch out your design on honeycomb graph paper. In this case we have used the Banner graph paper for round latex balloons inflated 4″. The paper is to a scale of 1 to 24. That means that 1/2″ on the paper equals 1′ when you build the real thing. This design comes out about 12′ long and 3′ wide. Use colored pencils or pens for a brighter design.

Cut out your paper design with scissors. Later, you will be cutting the real thing with scissors to make your finished shape.

Bend your 6″ wire to the form you like. Later you will be working with a 12′ metal tube or rod.

Wrap the graph paper cut out around the outside of the wire swirl and attach it with clear tape. Later you will be wrapping your cut out sheet of balloons around your metal core and attaching it with cable ties (zip ties, electrical ties).

Download graph paper to plan your design.

To build your swirl on the scale of the swirl in the photo try this honeycomb graph paper for balloons inflated 8″ in diameter:

http://www.rouseinternational.com/downloads/pdf/MP-BLDR-G4-H-50A-11L-GRAPH.pdf 

For smaller designs like our graph paper model above, try this graph paper for balloons inflated 4″ in diameter:

—  http://www.rouseinternational.com/downloads/pdf/MP-BNR-G4-H-110A-5L-GRAPH.pd

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REAL™ icon for Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ Balloon frame technologyRE-A-L™

No more rubber cement... We have eliminated the tedious work of applying rubber cement and holding balloons while the glue drys. We have a new technology and we call it “RE-A-L™”.

(RE-A-L™Rouse Expand-And-Load patented technology is the basis for the Rouse Matrix™ brand of balloon frames. 

These frames are exceptionally light, compact, flexible, versatile, low cost and they come with an a nontoxic, wax, adhesive to help hold the balloons in place.

They make it much easier and faster to assemble the sheet of balloons we want for our giant swirl. They can be easily cut into the shape we desire with standard scissors. And they can be easily wrapped around our metal tubing and attached simply with cable ties.

The basic concept is quite simple: “Expand the frame & load the balloons”.

Here is an animation from another project to give you the idea.

Animation of loading balloons for a logo design in Rouse Matrix™.

The next step is to cut away the extra material.

Animation of trimming a balloon shape in Rouse Matrix™.


YOUR ARE IN CHARGE

You create your design, trim it out to the shape you like and wrap it around your sculptured metal core.

You also get to choose how you load balloons in the framework. Here are two options we recommend for projects like this.

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"SIMPLE" Rouse Original Applied Patents & Procedures (APPS) for building walls, murals and other graphics MadeWithBalloons™.

SIMPLE

The classic and patented “SIMPLE”, system of loading balloons into these frameworks is dramatically easier and faster than gluing balloons in place.

Tie standard round balloons in pairs and then roll them into adjacent openings in the Rouse frame.

You tie only once to seal two balloons. You reach into your supply of prepared balloons only once for two balloons. When you load one balloon, the next balloon is right there and ready to load as well. And, there is none of the gluing, positioning and waiting.

That is the basic procedure, but you can learn more about how to use this Rouse original system in this article:.Get Started with RMS™ Single Layer

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames to use with this proprietary technique. There is no need for special permission or separate written license. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

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"FAST" Rouse Original Applied Patents & Procedures (APPS) for building walls, murals and other graphics MadeWithBalloons™.  .

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The Rouse patented, “FAST” way of filling RMS™ balloon frames is to tie strings of double-ended balloons together. Load the balloons of each string into a row of adjacent openings in the balloon frame.

Double-ended balloons like Quick Link Balloons™ and Link-O-Loons™ are  more expensive than standard round balloons used in the Rouse SIMPLE technique. They are, however, more secure since they are anchored on both ends to another balloon and they load much more quickly.

With a little practice, you will likely double or quadruple your loading speed compared with the Rouse SIMPLE technique. With even more practice you might approach our current world record of 52 balloons in 45 seconds. Yes, 45 seconds. That is a rate of over 4,000 balloons loaded per hour!

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system in this article: Two Steps To Easier & Faster Walls, Murals and Graphics MadeWithBalloons.! You will speed up your balloon decorating.

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames for use with the Rouse FAST technique. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

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SPEED GRAPHICS

We call our “FAST” technique “Speed Graphics”.  Here is a short (81 seconds) video of that world record performance:

Now you have the basics of how to make your own giant swirl.

  • Download graph paper to make your own designs.
  • Get some floral wire or  aluminum clothes line wire from the hardware store.
  • Add a little 3/4″ clear tape from the drug store

and you are set to make your models.

 

Follow up with the full scale materials to build your project.

  • Balloons
  • Rouse Matrix
  • Metal rod or tubes
  • Cable ties

Post your questions or comments below in the “Reply” or “Comments” section.

You may also call (toll free 1-877-GO-ROUSE ) (toll free 1-877-467-6873) (international 1-864-654-4166) or write (gmr@rousetech.com) if you have questions of bumps along the way.

We would love to see pictures of your giant swirls. Share them here  or send them to us at the email address above.

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MORE RESOURCES

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—  “TIGERS!” For Banner Business

 “HAPPY 50TH” MadeWithBalloons™

 THREE FLAGS FOR THE FOURTH MadeWithBalloons™.

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Thanks for joining me here today. We would love to have you come again. And, do bring your friends. 

Graham Rouse
JustRouseIt.com/Blog
email: JustRouseIt@gmail.com
© 2014  by Graham Rouse

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PYRAMID IN THE SOUTH MadeWithBalloons™

Pyramid in Australia MadeWithBalloons and Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load balloon frames

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justrouseit-logo-icon-100x100-with-border-02-webPYRAMID IN THE SOUTH MadeWithBalloons™

This pyramid got pushed so far south that it ended up in Australia. That is a long way from Egypt. But, it was very well received.

Rouse Matrix™ Builders were used to hold the balloons in place. And, despite the appearance of the double-ended balloons in the camel and the trees, the pyramid was loaded with round balloons.

Now we know how to use double-ended balloons like Link-O-Loons™ and Quick Link Balloons™ to make the project easier and faster while producing a pyramid that is stiffer and more secure..

Illustration/icon of Rouse patented "Easy" technique for loading balloons into aperture frameowrksEASY

The Rouse patented, “EASY” way of filling out designs like this pyramid is to tie the neck of two, double-ended balloons together. Currently, the most popular brands of double-ended balloons are “Link-O-Loons™” and Quick Link Balloons™”. Then tie the opposite ends together. Next, push one of the pair through an appropriate opening in the balloon grid. Repeat this process until you have filled out each of the triangular sides. Then, join the triangles along the edges.

The loading technique is so easy that we have had children as young as 8 years and a spunky neighbor of 94 produce great results with it.

Another advantage of this approach is that the triangular panels will be much thicker and stiffer that a standard single layer approach. That can be especially helpful in panels of balloons that span large spaces while tilted from vertical as are the sides of the pyramid.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system to make your balloon decorating easier. Read this article: Get Started With RMS™ Double Bubbles.

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames to hold these Rouse Double Bubbles.. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

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Illustration/icon of Rouse patented  "Fast" method of loading balloons in openings of grid frames for balloonsFAST

 

The Rouse patented, “FAST” way of filling the pyramid triangles is to tie strings of double-ended balloons together. Load the balloons of each string into a row of adjacent openings in the balloon frame.

With a little practice, you will likely double or quadruple your loading speed. With even more practice you might approach our current world record of 52 balloons in 45 seconds. Yes, 45 seconds. That is a rate of over 4,000 balloons loaded per hour!

This approach does sacrifice the stiffness of the double bubbles, but it is much faster and uses only half the number of balloons.

The Rouse “FAST” method has another advantage as well. Since each balloon is anchored on both ends to another balloon, each balloon is more secure and less likely to get knocked out  or drop out of place accidentally.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system. You will speed up your balloon decorating. Read this article: Two Steps To Easier & Faster Walls, Murals and Graphics MadeWithBalloons.!

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames to hold your strings of double-ended balloons. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

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MORE RESOURCES

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YOU MAY ALSO LIKE:

—  “TIGERS!” For Banner Business

 “HAPPY 50TH” MadeWithBalloons™

 THREE FLAGS FOR THE FOURTH MadeWithBalloons™.

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Thanks for joining me here today. We would love to have you come again. And, do bring your friends. 

Graham Rouse
JustRouseIt.com/Blog
email: JustRouseIt@gmail.com
© 2014  by Graham Rouse

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FOUR SKETCHES FOR SPRING MadeWithBalloons™

"Four Sketches For Spring" MadeWithBalloons™ and Rouse Matrix™ Banner Expand-And-Load™ balloon frames

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justrouseit-logo-icon-100x100-with-border-02-webFOUR SKETCHES
FOR SPRING

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I really enjoy making those big, awesome,. #BalloonGrids walls and backdrops. Much of the time, however, they can be an extravagance that is unnecessary to meet your customer’s needs.

Sometimes the theme can be stated and the mood set for the event  with much smaller pieces. We have four examples above. They are simple “sketches” #MadeWithBalloons™ and four Rouse Matrix™ banner panels.

Even on occasions when you have the budget to produce a large balloon graphic, you could choose to use a number of small ones around the venue instead.

For instance, if center stage is going to be occupied by a band or a DJ with lots of lights, speakers and other equipment, then half or more of your beautiful balloon graphic could be hidden.  Maybe a plain curtain or balloon wall might serve there. You could show off you work and make the audience feel more included with decor around the room.

The flowers and trees featured in the graphics above could serve you and your customer well for spring or summer themes or for the suggestion of a garden party

VERTICAL OR HORIZONTAL

Notice the difference between the top two designs and the bottom two. Both top and bottom feature a flower design on the left and a tree design on the right. The color scheme is much the same through out all the designs. Most of the differences between top and bottom designs come from the orientation of the RMS™ Banner panels.

In the top designs the “straight” edges of the display are vertical. In the bottom two designs the “straight” edges of the display are horizontal.

Which do you prefer? When you go to lay out your designs it is likely that you will sometimes prefer one and sometimes the other. It is a simple matter to test them.  Just use the #RouseMatrix™ Banner graph paper to sketch it with the paper turned vertically and then with it turned horizontally.

Plan your designs with some of the free Banner graph paper from: http://www.rouseinternational.com/downloads/pdf/MP-BNR-G4-H-110A-5L-GRAPH.pdf.

LOAD THEM UP!

Once you have your plan you will use it to guide you as you expand the frames and load balloons. The #RouseAPPS™ classic way of loading those balloons is “SIMPLE” and effective. It is described below. Now days, however, you have more options. One is especially “EASY”. Another is especially STRONG.  A fourth is especially FAST. All four are described below.

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Illustration/icon for Rouse patented "Simple" technique for loading balloons in an aperture frameworkSIMPLE

The patented RouseAPPS™, “SIMPLE” way of filling out your design is to tie round balloons in pairs and then roll them into adjacent openings in the Rouse frame.

This cuts the number of balloons needed in half and greatly simplifies the planning and installation tasks compared to traditional nested garland (precision wall) techniques for building balloon graphics like our spring collection..

You tie only once to seal two balloons. You reach into your supply of prepared balloons only once for two balloons. When you load one balloon, the next balloon is right there and ready to load as well. Your display  requires half the number of balloons of more traditional nested garland techniques, yet you may set it up for viewing from both sides if you like.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system to simplify your balloon decorating. Use it for small projects as shown above and other of your displays MadeWithBalloons™. Read this article:. Get Started with RMS™ Single Layer

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this RouseAPPS technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

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Here is a brief demonstration of RouseAPPS SIMPLE technique using RMS™ Banners.


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Illustration/icon of Rouse patented "Easy" technique for loading balloons into aperture frameowrksEASY

The patented #RouseAPPS™, “EASY” way of filling out your design is to tie the neck of two, inflated, double-ended balloons together. Then tie the opposite ends together. Then push one of the pair through an appropriate opening in a balloon grid. Repeat this process until you have filled out your design.

This technique is so easy that we have had children as young as 8 years and a spunky neighbor of 94 produce great results with it.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system to make your balloon decorating easier when you build small graphics or larger displays #MadeWithBalloons™. Read this article: Get Started With RMS™ Double Bubbles.

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

Here is a brief demonstration of #RouseAPPS EASY technique using #RouseMatrix™ #BalloonGrids Banners.

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Illustration/icon of Rouse patented"STRONG" technique for loading balloons in balloon framesSTRONG

The patented #RouseAPPS™  “STRONG” way of filling out your design is to tie round balloons neck to neck in pairs. Then, insert one balloon of the pair into the first balloon frame. Repeat until you whole design is filled out. Then, overlay a second and matching balloon frame. Pull each of the second balloons up and into matching openings of the second balloon frame on top.

This method is popular, because it is “forgiving” of small mistakes in centering the balloons and because it makes a display about 20 times as strong (stiff) as a comparable single layer version. It is plenty strong and light enough to suspend from above and still hold its shape. 

It also gives more volume to the display and provides a space between layers of balloons that is perfect for hiding reinforcing rods or poles if you prefer to stand it on the floor.

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system to make your balloon displays stronger. Read this article: Get Started With RMS™ Double Layers..

You get a bonus when you purchase official #RouseMatrix™ #BalloonGrids frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

Here is a brief demonstration of RouseAPPS STRONG technique using RMS™ Banners.

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Illustration/icon of Rouse patented "Fast" method of loading balloons in openings of grid frames for balloonsFAST

 

The patented #RouseAPPS™ “FAST” way of filling out your design is to tie strings of double-ended balloons together. Load the balloons of each string into a row of adjacent openings in the #BalloonGrids frame.

With a little practice, you will likely double or quadruple your loading speed. With even more practice you might approach our current world record of 21 balloons in 15 seconds. Yes, 15 seconds. That is a rate of over 5,000 balloons loaded per hour!

Learn more about how to use this Rouse original system. You will speed up your balloon decorating for small panels and other terrific displays MadeWithBalloons™. Read this article: Two Steps To Easier & Faster Walls, Murals and Graphics MadeWithBalloons.!

You get a bonus when you purchase official Rouse Matrix™ balloon frames. There is no need for special permission or separate written license to use this proprietary technique. The license to use this technique with RMS™ is automatically granted as a part of the Rouse Matrix™ purchase.

Here is a brief demonstration of RouseAPPS FAST technique using RMS™ Banners.

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MORE RESOURCES

  • Purchase RMS™ Banners for this project online at http://www.bvsmall.com/rmsbanners

    • You need only (2) packages of two panels to build the four designs above in a single layer version or (4) packages for the STRONG double layer version.
  • Find a Rouse Matrix distributor near you online at http://www.rouseinternational.com/distributors/ ..
  • Download free RMS™ Banner graph paper to plan your design from: from http://www.rouseinternational.com/downloads/pdf/MP-BNR-G4-H-110A-5L-GRAPH.pdf.

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Thanks for joining me here today. We would love to have you come again. And, do bring your friends. 

Graham Rouse
JustRouseIt.com/Blog
email: JustRouseIt@gmail.com
© 2016  by Graham Rouse

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“THE BIG SIX” – Tools & Techniques To Advance Your Art & Business MadeWithBalloons™

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——  “JustRouseIt”  ——
By Graham Rouse

 

"Just Rouse It" logo - icon with purpe boarder & f2f7fc cornersSIX SETS OF ROUSE ORIGINAL TECHNOLOGIES For Things MadeWithBalloons™

You WILL advance your balloon art and your balloon business when you use these six sets of Rouse Original tools and techniques appropriately; in other words when you “JustRouseIt™”

 

(1)  Rouse Internal Balloon Structures – (RIBS)  Rouse Internal Balloon Structures Technology is from 1983.  Patent issued in 1992.

Animation of RIBS (Rouse Internal Balloon Structures) Examples

RIBS (Rouse Internal Balloon Structures) Examples

The most popular forms are known today as “Fantasy Flowers” and “Distortion Techniques”, but it all began with the “play” of a balloon neophyte (Graham Rouse) early in 1983. Graham continues to develop new variations you can use to advance your balloon art and business today.

The Rouse patented version of this “inside out” approach to balloon sculpture involves insertion of tubular elements inside balloons and sealing them to the balloon in such a way that other elements may be inserted and removed from the balloon while it is inflated.

Learn about the beginnings of RIBS (and Fantasy Flowers) in this article: “RIBS For Sculpture MadeWithBalloons™ – How It Began”

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(2)  Rouse Roll Balloons – (R0LL) – (Also known as Rouse “Pre-Linked” Balloons) Rouse Roll Balloon technology is from about 1987.  Patent issued in 2009.

Animation of manufacture and possible uses of Rouse ROLL Balloons

Illustration of dance floor canopy made with 21 ROLL balloons that look like 563 balloons.It is a new paradigm for making film balloons that yields rolls of connected balloons. These are yet to arrive on the general balloon market. They promise to have a huge impact on both public and professional balloon décor around the world, because they enable many forms of decorations MadeWithBalloons™ that are novel, bigger, easier, faster, longer lasting and reusable at a low cost.

The ROLL balloon canopy above and to the right is one example of the enormous advance in efficiency possible with ROLL (Pre-Linked) balloons. Currently, it would take 563 standard film balloons to create this design. It could be made with just 21 Rouse ROLL balloons.

Learn more about Rouse Roll Balloons at the blog “Balloons On A ROLL”.

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(3)  Rouse Expand-And-Load™ – (REAL) – Rouse Expand-And-Load™ technology is from about 1992. Patent issued Christmas day of 2001.

Expand-And-Load™ animation of Rouse Matrix™ to form a JustRoiuseIt™ elephant MadeWithBalloons™

R.E.A.L.

Here is one example of how the Rouse “Expand-And_load™” concept works:

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The most popular forms are Rouse Matrix Systems™ (RMS™) balloon frames. 

They are available in more sizes, more shapes and more grid patterns than any other balloon frames in the world. They are also more compact, weigh less and cost less than any leading competitor.

Even with 140+ configurations, however, we have just begun to explore the possibilities for graphics, sculpture, architecture and general décor MadeWithBalloons™ and REAL balloon frames..

You may check out and purchase 50+ of the most popular RMS™ balloon frames at the Rouse Matrix Store

Find a host of additional resources with a search for “Rouse Matrixonline. Or click “Rouse Matrix” now for instant search results.

(4)  Rouse Aperture Push Through – (RAPT) – Rouse Aperture Push Through (RAPT) technology is from about 1998.  Patent issued in 2006

Balloons are anchored by other balloons pushed through grid openings.. These techniques are not yet generally known in the balloon industry.  They offer simple methods for
…..(1) highly textured and elastic fabrics MadeWithBalloons™
…..(2) easily pose-able figures and sculptures MadeWithBalloons™
…..(3) “balloon zippers” to easily join fabrics MadeWithBalloons™.
..(4) double thick displays MadeWithBalloons™ and single layer grid frames.

Many new techniques will grow out of this original technology over the coming years. Here is one example to get your imagination started:

For a more detailed look at Rouse Double Bubbles read this article: Get Started With RMS™ Double Bubbles

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.(5)  Rouse Advanced Aperture Displays – (RAAD) – Rouse Advanced Aperture Displays technology is from 1999. Patent issued 2009.

This is the most comprehensive of technologies for grid frames when they are used to hold balloons inside the openings.

Nearly any balloon frame with balloons held inside openings is covered by this patented technology when

  • (A) balloons are held in the openings by something other than pneumatic pressure of the balloons expanding outward or
  • (B) balloons are held in the openings by pneumatic pressure of the balloons expanding outward in combination with something other than pneumatic pressure of the balloons expanding outward

That covers about 2/3 to 3/4 of the options for balloons displayed inside balloon grid frames.

The array of new balloon techniques that can grow out of this technology is quite enormous. Here is an 80 second introduction to just one of those techniques. We call it Rouse “Speed Graphics”.

 

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(6)  More Rouse Tech –  (MORE) This is the “catch-all” category that includes Rouse innovations that have not been patented. We will share these on other occasions.

 

ROUSE CREATIVE SUITES™

The (“BIG SIX”) areas of Rouse Original Technologies discussed above are the launch pad for an even broader range of tools and techniques (“TECHNOLOGIES”)  organized into sets (“SUITES”) of step by step instructions (“APPS™”) for your Success MadeWithBalloons™.  Look for them as “ROUSE CREATIVE SUITES™” (“RCS™”). You will see them more and more around the internet along with opportunities to learn them and to use them to advance your art and business MadeWithBalloons™.

If you have questions or comments or have an interest in classes, webinars, etc. related to topics  discussed here, then please let us know in the comments section below or write me directly at JustRouseIt@gmail.com.

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GOOGLE MORE ROUSE:

MadeWithBalloons       JustRouseIt      Rouse Matrix

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“GO  DIRECT!” TO ROUSE ONLINE

  • RouseABOUT™ Your Success MadeWithBalloons™ Newsletter (http://justrouseit.com/ra/)
    —  Each issue of the RouseABOUT™ delivers a series of pictures, paragraphs and links to resources for your success. 
  • Rouse Matrix Store in Ballooniverse Mall online (http://bvsmall.com/rmsstore)
    —  Currently we have 56 RMS products on display out of approximately 140 configurations.  We plan to get them all up and online and to keep developing more RMS designs to meet your needs
  • Rouse International   (http://www.rouseinternational.com)   —   This is the center for the production and distribution of Rouse Matrix Systems products.
  • Rouse Matrix Page on Facebook  (http://facebook.com/RouseMatrixPage)
    —  This site features Rouse Matrix but also shares broader balloon pictures, stories and links. Plus, get insider news, links and discounts on Rouse Technologies products and services.
  • Ballooniverse Blog  (http://ballooniversemall.com/success)
    —  This blog is a publication of Ballooniverse Mall. It is dedicated to nurturing the balloon success of customers and visitors alike..
  • ROUSEings (http://madewithballoons.com/rouseings/)
    —  Rouse pictures, instructions, reviews and musings about all things MadeWithBalloons™.
  • Graphics MadeWithBalloons™ Blog (http://graphics.madewithballoons.com/).
  • Pinterest™ (http://www.pinterest.com/grahamrouse/)
    —  Picture boards from Graham personally and from Rouse Technologies
  • Twitter  @JustRouseIt (http://twitter.com/JustRouseIt).
    —  Follow us for a stream of balloon pictures, tips and links for your entertainment and edification..
  • Email me at JustRouseIt@gmail.com for Rouse Technologies questions and suggestions.

There are more and the list is growing, but you will see those links pop up as your travel through the ones above or as you locate them with the search terms in “Google More Rouse” above..

Meanwhile, do participate in the comments section below and in the comments section of the other blogs. Share us with your friends via the links below and through your social media outlets. You might even try that old fashioned system and tell others about us in person.

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Thanks for joining me here today. We would love to have you come again. And, do bring your friends. 

Graham Rouse
JustRouseIt.com/Blog
email: JustRouseIt@gmail.com

© 2014  by Graham Rouse

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

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——  “JustRouseIt”  ——
By Graham Rouse

 

"Just Rouse It" logo - icon with purpe boarder & f2f7fc cornersANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS.

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

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2 STEPS TO EASIER & FASTER WALLS, MURALS & GRAPHICS MadeWithBalloons™

Two Tiger Paw graphics MadeWithBalloons.

The tiger paw logo on the left looks great, but the one on the right looks just as good. The one on the right was built in one quarter the time with half the balloons using “JustRouseIt” FAST technology.

 

“2 STEPS TO EASIER & FASTER
WALLS, MURALS & GRAPHICS”

MadeWithBalloons™

——  “JustRouseIt”  ——
By Graham Rouse

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“THERE HAS TO BE AN EASIER WAY!”

Have you ever thought to yourself, “There has to be an easier way to make these walls, murals and graphics than all the garlands and columns that I am using now”?

If so, you are not alone. And, the answer is, “Yes, there is an easier way”.  

Here are two steps you can take to produce easier and  faster walls, murals and graphics MadeWithBalloons™

 

(1) The First Step.
Build Single Layer Graphics MadeWithBalloons™

Here are two balloon wall/graphics that look alike.  But!  You could build the single layer version on the right with half the number of balloons in one quarter the time.

Picture of two "Tiger Paw" balloon graphics

ON THE LEFT

The “Tiger Paw” on the left is made with balloon columns nested together (a Precision Wall).  For each balloon you see in front there is a second balloon behind it that you do not see.

ON THE RIGHT

The “Tiger Paw” on the RIGHT is made with a single layer of balloons in a honeycomb (hexagon) grid.  There are no balloons hiding in the back, so you use only half as many balloons.

A.   5 BENEFITS FROM HALF THE BALLOONS 

With just a little imagination, you can see at least five ways this reduction in numbers of balloons will produce beneficial savings for you.

1)           Half as many balloons to design, plan & prepare for means
—  Fewer pages of drawings and instructions to make & follow.

2)           Half as many balloons to buy, ship & store means
—  Less money spent on balloons, shipping & storage.

3)           Half as many balloons to inflate, size & tie means
—  Less labor to do the job.

4)           Half the space needed to gather, transport & display balloons means
—  More working space for your crew & fewer trips to carry balloons.

5)           Half as many balloons to dismantle, deflate & dispose of after your event means
—  Getting finished earlier.

B. OPTIONS – SINGLE LAYER TECHNIQUES

There are at least four approaches to constructing single layer graphics MadeWithBalloons™:

  1. Attach balloons to a backing surface or frame

  2.  Stick, tie or weave balloons together into a sheet

  3. Push connected balloon through frames

4. Hold balloons in openings of grid frames

Each approach can bring you advantages from the list in “A.” above. All four of these approaches have a variety of options within them . But, only one option wins the prize for being the fastest for tight designs of 500 plus balloons like the tiger paw logo design in the photo above. We call that option the FAST technique or “Speed Graphics”.

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(2) The Second Step.
“Speed Graphics” MadeWithBalloons™

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A     SPEED GRAPHICS DEMONSTRATION

Rouse Speed Graphics™ employs a patented system for loading balloons in grid openings. That system makes your project go even faster.  Watch this 80 second video. It demonstrates just how exceptionally fast balloon loading CAN be with Rouse Speed Graphics.
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In this video clip Eduardo Seiti Yoshikawa loads a string of 52 double-ended balloons into a Rouse Matrix Builder framework in 45 seconds.  That is a rate of over 4,000 balloons per hour!

Another decorator using Precision Wall techniques, would have to load their balloons at a rate of 8,000 balloons per hour to keep up with Eduardo since it takes twice as many balloons to make the same graphic with Precision Wall techniques.

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B.  PRODUCTION SPEEDS

This demonstration by Eduardo is exceptional.  We have found that rates of 1,000 to 1,500 balloons per hour for single rows of balloons is closer to a “normal top speed”.  All of our tests, however, show decorators load balloons in Rouse Builder and Banner frameworks 2 to 4 times faster when they use strings of double-ended balloons rather than pairs of round balloons.

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C.  ANOTHER EXAMPLE

The picture below shows a stage backdrop at Summer Balloon Camp in 2005. It was designed and built by John & Johnna Perry of Balloon Designs by Up Up & Away Balloons in Kansas City, Missouri.  I timed John working on the floor, loading a string of double-ended balloons into this backdrop, at a rate of 1200 balloons per hour.  Rouse Speed Graphics is a technique John and Johnna continue to use to make their work go faster.  It can make your work go faster as well.

This is a stage backdrop bade with balloons and Rouse Matrix Builder frameworks at Summer Balloon Camp in 2005 by John & Johnna Perry

D.  THE FINE PRINT & THE FUTURE

This balloon display system is the patented invention of Graham Rouse and requires the use of Rouse authorized components.  Currently (August 2015), in locations where USA patents apply, that means using official Rouse Matrix Systems frameworks with balloons of your choosing.  This is subject to change, so do check back here on http://miwb.net, at http://www.rouseinternational.com or http://facebook.com/RouseMatrixPage for updates.

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(3) The Summary.

Now you know the 2 steps to easier and faster balloon walls, murals and graphics.

  1. First, use single layer graphics to cut your number of balloons in half.

  2. Second, use official, Rouse Matrix, Expand-And-Load, balloon frames with double-ended balloons tied into strings to dramatically increase the speed at which you can load balloons into your designs.

Give it a try.  And show us what you make.  Add your pictures or links in the “Reply” section below.

You can order RMS modular panel balloon frames for your graphics MadeWithBalloons™ in the honeycomb grid at http://www.bvsmall.com/rms-modular-panels.

You can order RMS GRIDZ Soft Pak modular panel balloon frames for your graphics MadeWithBalloons™ in the square grid at http://www.bvsmall.com/gridz-store.

You may check for a Rouse Matrix Distributor near you on the list at http://www.rouseinternational.com/distributors/index.htm#Top


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

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

Copyright 2013-2015 by Graham Rouse


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GET STARTED WITH RMS™ – SINGLE LAYER

Get Started with RMS™ Single Layer Technique for Shapes MadeWithBalloons™
Get Started with RMS™ Single Layer Technique for Shapes MadeWithBalloons™ In less than 15 minutes you can learn the basics you need to make any of the Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ Balloon Frame Shapes shown here.

 

GET STARTED WITH RMS™
SINGLE LAYER

——  “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?”

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NEW TO RMS™?

JustRouseIt™ in this simple way to get started.

In less than 15 minutes you can learn the basic skills you need to produce the air filled, Single Layer Heart  MadeWithBalloons™ and RMS™ that we use for an example in the video below.

The great thing is that once you learn these basic Single Layer Skills you will be able to immediately make the Single Layer 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.

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LOAD THEM UP – SINGLE LAYER

Here is an eight minute video that shows you how to JustRouseIt™ Single Layer style

  • How to prepare the balloons
  • How to prepare the Rouse Matrix and
  • How to load the balloons

If we can cover those basics in less than 10 minutes, it can’t be too hard, can it?

You will be using our time tested “Classic” methods. You load balloons with a patented duplet technique. It produces a 2′ heart MadeWithBalloons™ in a single layer with only 38 balloons..

That was not so hard; was it?

EVEN EASIER WITH RMS™ STAR-6 (Six Pointed Star)

Rouse Matrix™ Six pointed star balloon frame
Rouse Matrix™ Six pointed star balloon frame – Two come in a package.

JustRouseIt™ Single Layer loading is even easier with a 2′, RMS™ Star-6 . It has some special benefits for RMS™ beginners.

  1. It has the same honeycomb (hexagon) grid as most  RMS™ balloon frames throughout the shape. And, the hexagons are closer to the shape of the round balloons than the diamonds of the heart.
  2. It holds balloons of the most popular size for RMS™. (5″ round latex balloons) And the inflation size is the same every time.
  3. All the balloons for the star, and the other 18 balloon frame shapes in this blog, are air filled for lower cost and longer life.
  4. It is small enough (about 2′ in diameter) to handle easily in a small work space.
  5. It has been pre-cut into a popular and useful shape (a six pointed star).
  6. You need only one bag of (100) 5″, round, 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.

THE GREAT THING

The great thing is that you have learned a lot more than you realize.

With only these three basic JustRouseiT™ skills

  1. Expand the Rouse Matrix
  2. Inflate, size and tie balloons
  3. Load the balloons single layer

you can make ALL the Rouse Matrix™ shapes that you will find at the online RMS™ Store plus many more. There is no need to feel overwhelmed.  You can handle them all with the new skills you have learned.

Some are larger than others and will take longer, but you now know how to to produce all these shapes MadeWithBalloons™ in a Single Layer. So, try some and then play with adding your own details and embellishments.

The RMS™ Store currently includes these JustRouseIt™ shapes:

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Award Statue Candy Cane Football Seahorse
Bat Circle Football Player Star 5
Bath Tub Diamond Gingerbread Boy Star 6
Bell Donkey Heart Witch Hat
Camel Elephant Jack-O-Lantern

Select one of the RMS™ Shapes listed above to see more information about it and to purchase the ones you like best.

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..

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IDEA STARTER

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 JustRouseIt™ techniques you have learned here.

 

IDEA STARTERS - RMS™ Show of Double Layer Decorating Ideas

IDEA STARTERS – Rouse Matrix™ Show of Double Layer Decorating Ideas

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ONLINE RESOURCES

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 on how to  ” Get Started with RMS™”.

EMAIL ME UPDATES form

Find “Get Blog Updates” near the top of the right hand column. Enter your email in the blank space then select “EMAIL ME UPDATES”

Each one will take you one easy step further toward becoming an expert..

Sign up to be notified by email when a new article is posted here. See “Get Blog Updates” near the top of the right hand column on this page.

Also, bookmark this particular page so that you may easily return to access the links below.

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RMS™ BLOGS   RMS™ PHOTOS
 
     
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LEGAL NOTES:

* Balloon displays that incorporate our overlapping cut expandable frame technology are covered by USA patent # 6,332,823.  Balloon displays that incorporate the Single Layer technique shown here are covered by USA patent #7,507,137. As of this writing (April 5, 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 30, 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 projects MadeWithBalloons™ and other JustRouseIt™ skills to Advance Your Balloon Art and Business.

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

Copyright 2013 by Graham Rouse

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MAKE IT EVEN BETTER – GOLD DOME

Gold Dome made of 18" film balloons stuck together with special order 2 sided foam tape

Photo of Graham Rouse with name underneathjustrouseit-logo-icon-100x100-with-border-02-web“This gold dome won
a top IBAC 
award
in the late 1990s.
Today it could be built
more quickly and easily
if we JustRouseIt™



START 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!

JustRouseIt™ WITH RMS™ SUPER BUILDERS

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.

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.

 

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 (April 2013), 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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DESIGN WITH A 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.
Illustration of several views of graph paper model of dome.

Connect five triangles as shown in gold. Use tape for the paper model. Use cable ties (zip ties, electrical ties) around touching Matrix straps for the real thing
— Connect the pentagon “umbrellas” you create at the points to form the dome show in white in three views above.

 

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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SUMMARY

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 Balloon Art and Business 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 (April 20, 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 (April 20, 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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Graham Rouse
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GET STARTED WITH RMS™ DOUBLE BUBBLES

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GET STARTED WITH RMS™
DOUBLE BUBBLES

——  “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?”

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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.

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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.

Did you see the post and videos on Double Layers yet?  If not, then we recommend you view it after you finish here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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START WITH STAR-6

Rouse Matrix™ Six pointed star balloon frame

Rouse Matrix™ Six pointed star balloon frame – Two come in a package.

Lets get you started with a 2′, RMS™ Star-6 (that is a six pointed star). It has some special benefits for RMS™ beginners.

  1. It has the same honeycomb (hexagon) grid as most  RMS™ balloon frames.
  2. It holds balloons of the most popular size for RMS™. (5″ round latex balloons)
  3. It is small enough (about 2′ in diameter) to handle easily in a small work space.
  4. It has been pre-cut into a popular and useful shape (a six pointed star).
  5. 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.

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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..

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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.

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THE GREAT THING

The great thing is that you have learned a lot more than you realize.

With just these three basic skills

  1. Expand the Matrix
  2. Inflate, size and tie balloons
  3. 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:

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Award Statue Candy Cane Football Seahorse
Bat Circle Football Player Star 5
Bath Tub Diamond Gingerbread Boy Star 6
Bell Donkey Heart Witch Hat
Camel Elephant Jack-O-Lantern

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.

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IDEA STARTERS

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.

 

IDEA STARTERS - RMS™ Show of Double Layer Decorating Ideas

IDEA STARTERS – Rouse Matrix™ Show of Double Bubble Decorating Ideas

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ONLINE RESOURCES

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™”.

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LEGAL NOTES:

* 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.

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

Copyright 2013 by Graham Rouse

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