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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:05 pm 
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Billy Wiz wrote:
What balloons?
I use 160’s, 260’s 350’s and 646’s. Also have white and red hearts, aliens, clears, eyeballs, smileys, red and white small rounds, white and black bee bodies.


How many colours?
Loads, too many too mention

What do you pack them in?
Triple busking bag

What pump?
Just a hand pump, used for many gags as well.
Do you have a spare?
Yes, a few in the van.

Do you have a balloon list of stuff you can do?
No, just from memory.

What else do you pack?
I wear a waiter style round the waist apron with my logo embroidered on it. Also used for dumping broken balloons in the pocket as well as holding my pump.
A balloon cutter.
A pocket on one side of me with small postcard size colouring pic, with my advert on the back.
The other side has another pocket holding a cup with a lid, inside is a damp face cloth used for wiping my hands every so often.


How long to set up?
I’m ready to start when I walk through the door.

Are you strolling or static?
Both

Whats the most useful bit'o kit?
My smile, when you smile, everybody else smiles.


I just spent 30 mins writing out all my answers & for some reason unknown to me all that got posted up were Graeme's answers??????????? :roll:
I was using his post as the template to add mine into..........Deep breath & start it all over again

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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:48 pm 
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Here we go again, I wrote this all in word & the pasted it over :)

What balloons?

I have with me the majority of the Sempertex range, all 260 & 360 colours, hearts with a good selection of 160 mixed fashion solid colours with a smaller selection of the 160/260 metallic & satin.

How many colours?
Approx 30 different colours.

What do you pack them in?
When working in a shopping centre/funday situation I use the lovely grey table that others were most complimentary about on another post on balloon chat :D Sitting on top of this is my screw box that holds all my balloons with the colouring posters & business cards if I'm not booked through an agent.
For a posh evening do I use the busking bag sitting in my balloon stand which is extra heavy so that it’s difficult to knock over and can be loaded so that it’s top heavy.
I don’t carry such a vast selection of balloons with the busking bag but will have extra balloons either in the car or where ever we have been allocated to set up for the event.


What pump?
For the shopping centre with the big grey attractive box :D I have my stand alone electric balloon pump with a big manuel one stroke balloon pump.
For the busking bag arrangement the 160/260 hand pumps in black are attached to the stand with uninflated balloons. You can just about see tham in the picture. The black pumps are available from IBS Belguim.


Do you have a spare?
Yes I always carry a few spare pumps, don’t forget sods law as if it can go wrong it sure as hell will when your least expecting it too.

Do you have a balloon list of stuff you can do?
I carry with me at all times my 3 portfolio books so that people can look at & see what they cant have made for them today, (insert evil laugh here)
The sculptures in the portfolio book would just take too long to make, but it gives people ideas of what can be done with latex nowadays & that you may be the person to do it for them at their next event that they will be holding. Don’t forget we all do a job so that we can advertise to get the next job coming in.
I just make from memory for the punters although I think it’s a good idea to have a list as I’m all sure we’ve done it & our minds have gone blank as we try to remember what we could make for people.
A picture list is good as the punter can se what they are getting but sometimes it may be better to just have a written list so that on those quiet occasions you can make the elaborate version of something & then when your rushed off your feet they get the economy version which to the punter is still amazing.


What else do you pack?
Black markers, cutter, balloon sticks, colouring posters & business cards. Deodorant!!

How long to set up?
I like to get to the venue early if I can so that I can relax & get a lovely cup of coffee before I start, but if push come to shove I can be ready almost straight away.

Are you strolling or static?
As others have said I can do either but as we all know that if we’ve been booked to do strolling wherever we make the first balloon in 90% of the time that is where we end up for the rest of the day although there have been the odd occasion when I have been able to move around as the punters were few & far between but not often.

Whats the most useful bit'o kit?
My sense of humour as sometimes when dealing with Joe Public it’s definitely needed.
I also like having in a shopping centre/larger venue my PA system as they’ve got to be able to hear you so that they definitely know that they dislike you :D


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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:53 pm 
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This is the one stroke balloon pump that I use. Not so much now as if I'm working an event for a few hours it does affect the biceps ;) So much easier with the electric floor pump, here's a link for the floor pump that I just happen to sell. ;)
http://sempertexballoons.co.uk/index.ph ... 6&parent=7

This pump has some history to it, so here's a trip down memory lane for me.
I bought this from Mel Moore at playtime balloons who is a really nice man, a true gent. I met him in a lay bye just off the M4/5 intersection around Bristol way witha brown envelope & some money. At the time I was in a touring old time musical show travelling around the UK and we were off on our way to do a show in Wales. Barbara Windsor was the star of the show & an absolutely lovely lady to work with, I only have kind words & thoughts about Barbara as I was the new person in the show & she looked after me & I'll always appreciate that. I was in the dressing room having a play with the pump & all the other show members were looking in trying to work out what I was up too, fun memories. I have a poster of the show signed to me hanging on the wall from Barbara. I can see it while typing this but it has no year but does say Sat 31st Oct so if someone fancies playing detective that may narrow down the year.......
At a guesstimate the pump is about 12/15 years old, since having it I’ve painted it up like a wand & have put a really heavy microphone stand base onto it so that it's very difficult to knock over. The pump is approx 36 inches high; I think that's about 900mm in new money :)
Can you see a theme with all my props, yes there all very dull & bland and as I've said in the past I like to think that in the show I'm the colour.


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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
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what do you pack in your bag?
.................


What balloons? How many colours?
I only use qualatex for my main assortment, i carry 24 (260) different colours,5 colours of 160,14 colours of 350 and 5 colours of 646. Stuffed aliens,stuffed eyeballs,eyeballs,stars around stuffed with gold,hearts,beebodies,11" rounds,5" rounds red/whites and mix,agates,

What do you pack them in? How often?
Twist 'em Up deluxe and a twist em up quick draw

What pump? Do you have a spare?
I mouth inflate,carry a spare ventolin though!!
Get about 5 gigs before restocking my core colours


Do you have a balloon list of stuff you can do?
Mostly done on memory but i still carry a list in case i get stumped and forget what i can make!!
Mt list is split in two,
1)wearables and hat designs 2)something to hold
What else do you pack?
I pack my sharpies all colours,white edding 750,scissors,small glow stick,business cards,ventolin


How long to set up? Are you strolling or static?

Most of the time i am strolling mix and mingling!!!
What other balloon equipment do you have?
dvd`s
Whats the most useful bit'o kit?
like others my balloon belt..love it.

My favourite colour is lime green and the new purple by q

PS I havent properly tried sempertex but when i was once shown them i found them hard to mouth inflate!!![/color]

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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:00 pm 
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Let me begin by apologising for any mistakes and typos. i've broke my keyboard and am having to use an on screen mouse activated one. :)

i dont twist for a proffesion, but roady for a dj, and we some times model to add to the evening.

that said, to my answers...

What balloons?
i currently only use qualatex balloons, and 5" and 11" rounds from card shops (cheaper for greater varities in smaller quantities)
How many colours?
every 260Q and 160q except neons and metallics, a bag of each 350q assortment, bag special assortment 646q, google eyes, safari print, smiley faces, alien heads, cats faces, 17" yellow hearts, 6" hearts in love, carnival, jewel assortments,
What do you pack them in?
Currenly use a DJ record/laptop bag, arranged in same way as a busking bag
How often?
not very often, as i dont model out very often
What pump?
Qualatex 2 way purple pump and 160 pocket pump, but tend to mouth inflate
Do you have a spare?
not normally with me, as i mouth inflate these are essentially my spares
Do you have a balloon list of stuff you can do?
not currently, although thinking about doing one for my own reference as i cant normally remeber what i can make
What else do you pack?
12 different coloured sharpies, balloon sticks, glue dots, scraps, mini glowsticks
How long to set up?
in theory im ready to go straight from my bag
Are you strolling or static?
N/A
What other balloon equipment do you have?
Balloon sizer, QBN Decorater course material, Dvds, books, pdfs etc
Whats the most useful bit'o kit?
Mouth - tend tofind people seem more impressed when you inflate by mouth as opposed to pump
Hands - very quick, supple fingers, (use finger exercises from Card Manipulation DVDs to loosen up)


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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:41 am 
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Graham Lee wrote:
I can see it while typing this but it has no year but does say Sat 31st Oct so if someone fancies playing detective that may narrow down the year.......


So that'll be 1992 then Graham unless of course it was 1987 ;)

The stand thing you have your busking bag on what exactly is that? I am looking at getting a busking bag but would like something to attach it to that I can have freestanding (and mobile without carrying it about ;) ) but retracts to go in the car and will still allow me access to the pockets on the outside. I was thinking about getting a cheap suitcase and ripping the guts out of it ... do you think this would work?

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For a stand for your Busking bag check out Playtime Balloons.

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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
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what do you pack in your bag?

Water-Fags (Good Excuse for a break….Just point to No Smoking signs and leave)-Mobile, Towel, £1 coins & £5 notes (float), Balloon kits, BUSINESS CARDS + Holder, Posters, Balloon Sticks, Fish Cutter, Pens, Lables

What balloons?

160s, 260s, 350s, Hearts, Smillies & Rounds, Printed Balloons ( Poo, Happy Feet, Pirate etc.)

How many colours?
20 ish

What do you pack them in?
Plastic role on boxes (Bulk), Display Drawer box, Busking bag (large for workshops)

How often? What???

What pump?
Electric Home made.

Do you have a spare?
Yes

Do you have a balloon list of stuff you can do?
I make 2 of each of what I am selling and display them on my set up.

What else do you pack?
See first question.

How long to set up?
½ hour

Are you strolling or static?
Static

What other balloon equipment do you have?
Roll in table, stands

Whats the most useful bit'o kit?

Coin bags for putting the bounty in at the end.

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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
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what do you pack in your bag?

What balloons?
260 160 360 640, rounds two sizes, alien heads, hearts

How many colours?
20

What do you pack them in?
double busking bag - but I'm getting a single one for less strain on my shoulder

How often?
every couple of weeks and I'm rearranging stuff to suit me.

What pump?
qualatex single action

Do you have a spare?
yes thanks

Do you have a balloon list of stuff you can do?
yes

What else do you pack?
retractable sharpies -four colours and white but its rubbish. Looking for new one. Sun cream, water, biz cards if appropriate,hand cream and a hand towel. Plus Costume.

How long to set up?
ready to go when I've changed into my costume

are you strolling or static?
both, but not at the same time!

What other balloon equipment do you have?
scissors, balloon cutter

Whats the most useful bit'o kit?
my smile and performance skill

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What balloons?
Light setup for semi-movable gigs: apron & toolbox
regular apron - 160’s, 260’s, selection of 350’s & 646’s, waterballoons, 5” rounds, larger rounds, hearts in White, Ivory White, Pink, Red, Blush, Mocha, chenille sticks and a few alien heads,

Toolbox – waterballoons, alienheads, more rounds, imprinted rounds, feathers, some gluedots, business cards, stickers of butterflies (that I put on balloonflowers)

Heavy setup for fixed gigs:
A suitcase I put up on a stand, combined with my toolbox (described above)

Suitcase with 3 aprons inside
regular apron: see above
2nd apron: lots of 160’s, unusual colours (like Magenta etc)
3rd apron: stuffed with 350’s and 646’s


How many colours?
The regular apron (see photo)
Row 1: ''Water'' and ''Girly''
Periwinkle 160/260/360, Blue, Robin's Egg, Pale Blue, Clear, 16o roll (White, Pale Blue, Blue)
160 roll (Pink, Rose, Lilac, Violet, Quartz Purple) with a few Magenta & Amethyst, Purples (Lilac, Quartz, Violet), Rose (with a few Fuchsia), Pink, White 350/646, White
Row 2: ''Technical'' and ''Fire''
Black, Grey, Silver, Black/Grey 350/646, Black/Grey 16o,
Yellow/Gold.Rod/Red 350, Red, Orange, Golden Rod, Yellow, Ivory Silk (with a few Satin Pearls)
Row 3: ''Floral'' and ''Earth''
Forest Green 160/260/360/660, Wintergreen/Tropical Teal, Green/Lime 160, Green 260/350, Lime Green 260/350, Gold/Burnt Sienna, Gold/Mocha646/Blush 646, Chocolate/Mocha/Blush 160, Chocolate Brown 260/350, Mocha 260, Blush 260, Blush/Mocha 646
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This is my recent organized apron. I feel it needs a bit of clearing out again, but you'll get the idea.
You may note that I put the paint markers upside down in the apron, and write the colour (if that isn't obviously showing) on the bottom of the pen.

What pump?
Hand pump 260;s
Hand pump 160’s
Floor pump

Do you have a spare?
Yes, an extra 260 pump and a 160 pump

Do you have a balloon list of stuff you can do?
Sometimes I make a short list of things I want to make. Most of the times I let it come out of the situation itself (ie t-shirt imprints and colours kids are wearing)

What else do you pack?
A suitcase with a small portable amplifier & headset. It also contains a towell and some quick snacks, extra box of business cards.

How long to set up?
From arriving at the gig 10-20 minutes, depending on the situation.

Are you strolling or static?
Both, I prefer static though.

Whats the most useful bit'o kit?
My comfortable trust in creativity on the spot.


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