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GET STARTED WITH RMS™ – DOUBLE LAYERS

Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ Balloon Frame Shapes

Get Started in 15 minutes with the skills you need to make any and all of the Rouse Matrix™ Expand-And-Load™ Balloon Frame Shapes shown here.

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GET STARTED WITH RMS™ DOUBLE LAYERS

——  “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?”

.Republished here with permission from the original on JustRouseIt.com/blog.

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NEW TO RMS™?

Here is a simple way to get started.

In less than 15 minutes you can learn the basic skills you need to make the air filled, Double Layer Star and the Double Layer Heart that we use for examples in the videos below.

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

Lets get you started 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.
  2. It holds balloons of the most popular size for RMS™. (5″ round latex balloons)
  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.

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LOAD THEM UP – DOUBLE LAYER

The double layer, Rouse Matrix™, six pointed star

The double layer, Rouse Matrix™, six pointed star is easy for beginners and yet 20 times as strong as a single layer version.

Here is an eight minute video that shows you

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

If we can cover those basics in 8 minutes, it can’t be too hard, can it?

You will be using one of our easiest and strongest methods. You load balloons with a patented double layer technique. It produces a six pointed balloon star with twice the volume and 20 times the strength of a single layer version.

This loading method has the added advantage that it is tolerant of common beginner mistakes in balloon sizing and balloon placement.

That was not so hard; was it?

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RMS™ DOUBLE LAYER 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 layer technique, however, is especially well suited to accommodate those variations..

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The balloons do not really load themselves, of course.  And, You will not be able to do it all in 36 seconds like this animation.  But, you should find it easy and you will get faster and faster with practice.

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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 balloons double 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 do all of them Double Layer. So, try some and then play with adding your own details and embellishments.

The RMS™ Store currently includes these 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.

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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 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™”.

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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 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 copies or imitations. You may currently (April 5, 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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About the author

Graham Rouse

--- Owner of Rouse Technologies LLC, Clemson, SC USA.
--- 30+ years professional experience in the balloon industry,
--- Produce, publish, exhibit & teach balloon arts worldwide.
--- 5 patents on technologies for balloon professionals.
--- Seminal innovations in film balloon manufacture, aperture framework balloon displays and internal structuring of balloon sculpture.
--- Manufacture & distribute Rouse original, Expand-and-Load™ frameworks for balloons.

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