Our third nominee for The 4 Best Balloon Innovations In 33 Years is “R-E-A-L™ Balloon Art”.
At 23 years old it is still early in its development. Yet, it offers powerful advantages, now, to those who use it for graphics, sculpture and general decorations MadeWithBalloons™.
R-E-A-L™ BALLOON ART
The third innovation that we rank among the four best of the last 1/3 century is the
R-E-A-L™ (Rouse-Expand-And-Load™) approach to balloon grid frames for graphics, sculpture and general decorations MadeWithBalloons™.
This Rouse original approach uses “overlapping cut” flexible plastic balloon grid frames. The end user expands the frame and loads it with balloons.
[A] PRE-CUT SHAPES
Some REAL frames are pre-cut so as to turn into specific shapes when expanded and loaded with balloons. The RMS™, pre-cut, heart shaped frame to the right is one example. Simply expand it and load it to get the basic heart. Then, experiment with different colors, overlays, attachments, combinations of balloons, etc. to create a broad range of deigns.
Here are 20 more examples of R-E-A-L™ grid frame shapes.
[B] MODULAR PANELS
Other REAL frames are modular panels. They connect by hand to make sheets as large as you like. They may be cut with scissors into custom shapes of your own design. They may be bent and twisted, etc. to make custom forms of your own.
They are available in three main grid patterns:
(2) HONEYCOMB (hexagons)
(3) ROSA (octagon-square combinations)
[C] SCULPTURE FORMS
Other REAL frames turn into predetermined 3-D forms when balloons are loaded. They are automatic balloon sculptures. Spiral, Umbrella and Puffed Heart examples are shown below.
[D] CUSTOM FRAMES
You may have custom designed RMS REAL frames made to your specifications. That is what Laurie Strauss did for the shoe in her first prize “Old Woman In the Shoe” large sculpture entry at the 2015 Float convention.
Below, you see (1) an RMS™ graph paper model, (2) the prize wining entry, (3) Laurie with awards as Designer of the Year.
[E] R-E-A-L™ ADVANTAGES
If limited balloon skills make it especially important to have the frame hold itself open for you, then you may prefer stiff or rigid balloon grid frames for your square grid modular panels..
If you are willing to invest a little time to learn a few simple, REAL loading skills then you will gain advantages like
- Three grid patterns for your jobs vs. one
- Dozens of specialty pre-cut shapes
- Self forming sculpture frames
- Phenomenally more compact “hardware”
- A huge reduction in weight.
- A much lower cost.for frames
- Exceptional flexibility
- Unparalleled versatility
PLUS free use of advanced, proprietary technology to make your projects especially
[E] LEARN MORE
Discover more about this innovative approach to graphics, sculpture and general decorations made with balloons. What you learn will help guarantee Your Success MadeWithBalloons™.
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