19 Sep Balloon Cluster
There are two types of balloon clusters. We’re here to explain it all to you !
To make a cluster of balloons, you’ll need helium. Because the balloons must float.
YOU WILL NEED :
- balloons : at least 6 per cluster
- ribbon or wool
- sticky tape, balloon weights or camping pegs (to fit them into the ground or sand)
1. When you go to inflate balloons with helium, before you do anything you must make sure that you are prepared ! Because once the balloon is inflated, it will start to fly away. Pre cut strings of wool, ribbon or gift ribbon (which has the big advantage of not tangling). Be sure to make them long.
2. If you opt for a “jumbled” cluster, you will need balloon weights (or any heavy object which can be tied with a string to a chair if you don’t want to put the cluster in the ground) which will allow the balloons to float without flying away. If you are in a garden and you want to make a cluster which comes from the ground, and you want to be sure that the cluster will not fly away with the first gust of wind, you will need pegs (the little things that you secure a tent into the ground with when camping).
3. If you opt for a symmetrical cluster, you will need a wall for the cluster to lean against, sticky tape to stick the balloons to the ground, and a willing and very patient person to help you.
4. Take the helium canister out of its box. Certain canisters don’t have a pressure regulator attached to them, and if this is the case don’t panic, just screw it to the tap, like with a gas canister.
5. Let’s go, it’s time to inflate the balloons. If you need to, you can watch the tutorial here which will explain to you the ABCs of inflating latex balloons with a helium canister.
6. Once that the balloon is inflated and tied, tie a knot at the end with the string of wool or ribbon. Then you can leave the balloon to float to the ceiling.
7. Now it’s time to make the cluster ! There are two options. There is the “jumbled” cluster and the “symmetrical” cluster. Both require a particular technique.
To make a “jumbled” cluster, all you have to do is gather the strings of the balloons if your hand and adjust them until you have the desired effect. If you grip the strings just under the balloons, you will have a ball shape, and the more that you lower your hand, the looser the balloons will be, and then you can play around with the height. When you have the shape that you want, tie a knot to secure the cluster in place. Then tape or tie the strings at the desired height.
To make a “symmetrical” cluster, you will need a willing person to sit on the ground where you want to secure your cluster. Then you need to give them balloon by balloon, deciding the correct height with the first balloon. Next, you need to give them two balloons and place them on each side of the first balloon, just slightly underneath in a symmetrical manner. Then give them the fourth balloon and so on. When all of the balloons are in place, you can readjust them by pulling on the strings or re-stringing them. In this case, you must hold the cluster while your helping hand lets go and takes it back with the strings in the correct positions. They must take the strings tightly to ensure that the cluster doesn’t move. When everything is in place, all that’s left to do is to tie a knot at ground level and secure the cluster in the ground ! Well done !
Helium keeps latex balloons in the air for 24 hours. To make the balloons float for a longer period of time, use the iFloat. The balloon will float between 48 and 72 hours longer ! So the best advice that we can give you is to inflate the balloons at the last minute (a few hours before your event, but especially not the night before).
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