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 Post subject: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:54 pm 
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As August is traditionally holiday time - a time for travelling and packing your bags. So as we often have to travel to a gig or a jam,

What is your set up for a balloon modelling gig....?

what do you pack in your bag?
What balloons? How many colours? What do you pack them in? How often? What pump? Do you have a spare?
Do you have a balloon list of stuff you can do? What else do you pack?
How long to set up? Are you strolling or static?
What other balloon equipment do you have?
Whats the most useful bit'o kit?
I'm packing Sun Cream big time at the moment!

Its all up for discussion....


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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:17 pm 
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found this thread already on the forum...

http://www.balloonchat.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=272

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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:51 pm 
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Even so it's still an interesting question - I'd be interested in the answers to all the other stuff

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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:14 pm 
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what do you pack in your bag? -

What balloons? - Qualatex 260, Hearts, Aliens, Smileys, bee bodies
How many colours? - varied
What do you pack them in? - I bought a market stall money apron, added some material my outfit is made of to the front pockets, and thats it. I tie them in a bundle using a 260q and away we go. I like to keep things simple.
How often? - Whenever I have a gig
What pump? - Hand Pump Master Blaster or Faster Blaster or whatever it's called. Sturdy plastic hand pump, but I'm going electric soon.
Do you have a spare? - Yes, in the back of the car.
Do you have a balloon list of stuff you can do? - Yes, unless I am doing walk-around.
What else do you pack? - Mints, black marker, sqeeker
How long to set up? - 5 minutes
Are you strolling or static? - Both, depends on the job. As soon as a line starts then I become static in most walk-around gigs. Law of attraction.
What other balloon equipment do you have? - Balloon sticks, table top balloon pump, name cards
Whats the most useful bit'o kit? - Pump


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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:54 am 
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Even though I am a newbie I couldn't resist joining in ;)

what do you pack in your bag?
Anything and everything ... well I am a girl!

What balloons? How many colours?
I use a mix of Sempertex and Qualatex. Depends on what brand I can get the colours in that I want but given the choice I go for Sempertex every time. I have lots of colours and a mix of 160's, 260's, a handful of 360's, hearts, alien heads, smiley faces, bee bodies ... I think that's it!

What do you pack them in? How often?
I have the Twist 'em Up Tuck & Go apron but I am going to have to up grade and soon as I am really cramming them in at the moment. As I am only doing short jobs (usually to make up a 2 hour min face painting booking) I don't reload very often but am going to buy a couple more strips to go on the belt so I can have some already made up.

What pump? Do you have a spare?
I use the Sempertex hand pump and yes I have about 3 spares.

Do you have a balloon list of stuff you can do?
No. Not really seen one and not sure how it would work so any info people could offer on that one would be great since I am not able to do half of the awesome stuff I see on here yet 8-)

What else do you pack?
I pack my markers, balloon cutter, business cards, a rucksack with spare balloons in (just in case) and a pot of Vaseline.

How long to set up? Are you strolling or static?
Set up is as soon as I have found somewhere to dump my rucksack. Like someone above I prefer to move around but often find I get hemmed in a corner and become static.

What other balloon equipment do you have?
No other equipment but getting a nice little collection of DVD's and books going at the moment.

Whats the most useful bit'o kit?
Probably my apron. I hate not being able to find things and with this everything has it's place so I know where to find it quickly :roll:

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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?


160’s not the full Sempertex range available in the UK but most of them
260’s I am in the middle of a stock take at the moment but I think I have all the Sempertex range available in the UK. I will use Qulitex and have for many years but I do like the extra length you get with Sempertex.
350’s/360’s I have a mixture would like more Sempertex and as seen in other thread I am trying to obtain them.
I also carry alien heads (pre-stuffed in clear balloons), smiley faces eye balls (both types) beebodie’s (mixed colours) geo blossoms (mixed colours) 5” & 11” rounds (mixed colours) and a whole range of hart’s.
Don’t really have any bigger balloons at the moment but do intend to start stocking up on 646’s etc.

What do you pack them in?

Depends on situation I have a twist-em-up jumbo apron & a triple busking bag (use the inserts for 160s and 350/360s and the rest are bound in acetate sheets). I have cool bags that the apron and busking bag fit in for when I am transporting them.

How often?
I sort them out when I think they look in a mess. This is quite frequently.

What pump?

Filbert I like the fact that it dose not have to be charged up and the non return valve works really well. Have tried others and still like it the best.

Do you have a spare?

I do want to get another Filbert as a back up but at the moment a good old Qulitex hand pump or my mouth is my backup.

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

Yes and no I have a folder that has examples of what I can do but it dose not have everything in it. I am working on a board at the moment it will be blank apart from my company info and then I will have a set of individual pictures laminated so I can put them on the board depending on the event if I just want quick ones or more complicated ones I will be able to swap them around.
I do have a little flip pad of some of the sculptures I make that can clip to my apron or busking bag largely for my inspiration.

What else do you pack?

Pens I have loads of sharpies and am trying several different whites at the moment. Aircraft cutter & round nose scissors . Glow sticks the little fishing ones and if I am doing a night event I will sometimes have the bracelet type. Water lots of water for drinking and if nowhere to wash hands I have a bowl and a towel. I also carry an antibacterial hand gel (children’s colds can hit adults hard).
A change of clothes you just never know I have heard of entertainers splitting trousers :oops:
Business cards & portfolio.

How long to set up?

If I am working tables wedding, ball etc as long as it takes me to take my apron out of my bag. If stationery I have a table that I put my bag on to get it up out of the way of little hands and with my other bits it may take me 5mins. OH yes and I have an easy up gazebo that I use some times that takes, a few mins to put up.

Are you strolling or static?

Both but strolling only really happens in venues were people are seated, as has been said before the crowd tends to stop you moving.

What other balloon equipment do you have?

Too much to mention as I decorate I have lots of other gear I have collected over the past 15 years including stands and different air and helium inflators.

Whats the most useful bit'o kit?

My Filbert I love it. I am just looking around locally to find some one who can make the nozzle that Whim designed as it looks really good.

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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:06 pm 
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Roger wrote:
[ alien heads (pre-stuffed in clear balloons), .


It's simple things like this that I like learning on here, such a simple idea but something I hadn't thought off.

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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
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Another thread of the set up discussion is here http://www.balloonchat.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=313

If there are other questions you wish to add to the list please do ask them. The list is what came out of my head, so I'm sure there are more!
I'll post my answers up in August.
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 Post subject: Re: August topic of the month - Set up
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Also I remembered this from early in June,

what is your favourite balloon colour?
Goldenrod! I loooove this colour!

What is your favourite balloon shape to work with at the moment?
Always the heart balloon. People don't know that you can twist them or use a raisin twist inside, seeing the look on their faces is priceless. Also the heart balloon always says it without needing words! And there's a lot of play with the heartballoon!

What is in your balloon bag when on a gig?
15 colours 260Q, 6 colours 160Q, 6 colours 350Q, 3 colours 646Q, 6 colours hearts, 5" and 11" round balloons, eyes balloons, black donut balloons and a rod to double stuff.


The answers are from Tom Bibo in Belgium.

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