1Impact of balloon arches
Another popular feature is a balloon arch. The customized balloons can be tied to a long piece of fishing wire and held down with weights at either end. The helium filled balloons will create a lift and an arch effect.
Depending on the amount of balloons on the arch, more than balloon weight may need to be tied to each end. Alternatively, fill water into a spare balloon and knot tightly. This will provide quite a heavy weight. Loose ribbon needs to be curled to look complete. this can be achieved by lightly swiping loose ribbon ends across the blade of a pair a scissors.
We use Belbal balloons for our printing. They are regarded as one of the best in the professional balloon industry due to their strong latex, large size and vibrant colours. Other balloon manufacturers offering a similar service include qualatex, Sempertex, Unique party, Everts and Amscan. We use 12" sized for our standard balloon printing. 10" sized balloons are frequently used and are classed as a cheaper budget range. A complete range of balloon sizes are available for personalising balloons including 5", 9", 10",11", 12",15", 18", 30" and 3ft. The most popular custom balloon printing companies are Rifco, polyplate, Gravurequip and Belbal. Basic printers to purchase cost around £6,000 with large ones costing over £100,000. The more advanced custom balloon printers run quicker and require less manual handling, in some cases totally automated. For a complete list of custom balloon printer machines available with chart comparisons visit Max publishing document. Custom printing on balloons uses a process called silk screen printing. Commonly associated with T-shirt customising, a template is made up where ink can be passed through, transferring an image onto the item held against the back of the screen. For personalised balloons, the ink must contain elastic qualities when dried to customise. This enables the design to change shape as the balloon inflates and deflates. Without this the ink would fall off when the personalised balloons stretch. Although the process is still called silk screen printing, the personalized templates don't use silk any more.
3The environmental issues for personalised balloons
Latex is a natural product made from a liquid extracted from a type of rubber tree. The balloons we use for personalised printing degrade in less than 12 months and do not affect the environment. The marine conservation society brought the attention to the world to the dangers of inflating custom balloons and ribbon causing deaths to animals following incorrect materials being used on balloon releases. If your custom balloons are being used for releases please please please follow the industry code of conduct as highlighted by Apia (the balloon & party industry alliance) The code basically requests that nothing is attached to the customized balloon except for official labels. Ribbon is not attached to the printed balloon. Only latex balloons, official balloon printed race labels that decompose quickly and helium is used. The correct balloons are designed to rise only a few miles before bursting into very small fragments. The small fragments are small enough not to cause harm to wildlife and will eventually decompose. For the correct kit visit BOC gases and balloon release packs. Foil personalised balloons must never be released into the skies. Neither should latex balloons with foil ribbon. The Orange & Rockland Pike County light and power company in America have a foil printed balloon awareness page on their website highlighting the dangers to when the printed balloons become tangled up with electric pylons. The UK has less a problem as the printed balloon associations heavily promote to balloon sellers the importance of environmental issues to prevent electric outages and bad publicity for the industry. American news outlets have seen a number of requests to ban such balloons including the LA times which headlined in 2008 the request to ban mylar balloons. Mylar balloons are another name for foil balloons, There have also been concerns in the news in the past about using helium for parties when it's needed for medical use (World helium reserves are running out, Nobel laureate claims). The argument has died down since it was established that it is a different grade of the gas and balloon gas does not effect the supply for more urgent matters. The BBC also ran an article on helium balloons in November 2013 concluding the helium usage in balloons worldwide is so insignificant, banning it would yield lttle change. Like any other resources; concerns are raised when the gas is thought to have less than twenty years supply left, but the news disappears when new reserves are found. On another important point I was watching the film hot shots last night. At one point of the film, three of the main characters were inhaling a non-customized balloon filled with helium. A warning on the screen appeared stating not to do this. It is true that inhaling helium could cause suffocation as helium squeezes parts of the air pipes together causing the voice of change. Whilst the chances of suffocation are slim, the warning have started to appear in this litigious world has people have died as a result of inhaling too much. There are considerably more warning on helium canisters as the volume is greater here than in balloons. Always be safe with customized balloons. For more on helium balloons visit the how stuff works website. Although balloons are designed to burst after a few miles in the air, a team from America designed a space balloon that managed to travel 17 miles high before bursting.
4Some tips about balloon printing
The minimum order is 25 for custom balloons. You may be asking at this point "what if I want 5 personalised balloons?"The time and cost in producing customized balloons is in the production of the template screen. Every new custom balloon design needs a new template. Therefore the cost of producing 5 personalised balloons is the same as producing 25 personalised balloons. It's also why the more balloons purchases, the cost per balloon reduces significantly. To get custom balloons cheap then buy more! Template screens are a wooden frame with a stretched material added with small holes in. A liquid is applied to the material blocking the holes and set to dry. Heavy light burns the dried liquid to permanently seal the holes. The custom image is blocked from the light, thus preventing the small holes on the template from being blocked. The template is washed ready for balloon ink be added to the template and pushed trough onto a balloon when placed on the back of the frame. While the balloons can stay inflated for 16 hours with helium, they will always look at their best within the first 8 hours after inflation. Long fingernails and pine trees, however can burst the printed balloon, causing instant deflation!Inflating with air lasts longer, sometimes days. We have completed a lot of work for exhibitions and shows that last longer than a few days. If you need custom balloons to last week or two, consider using foil balloons. These can last for a fortnight and give a quality image. They are also more robust than latex balloons and don't tend to burst unless high pressure or very sharp objects. Foil balloons can be customized as well. The higher price reflects the higher quality.
5Silk Printing Quality
Silk screen printing can be very messy! The video shows a semi-automated balloon printer where the balloon is inflated and held by hand, while the print process is automated once the foot lever is pressed. All our personalised balloon business comes from the internet, repeat business and word of mouth. The best way we feel to serve the UK is by having a good maintained established UK website and promote our business not to any city but as balloons printing UK. Sorry, but we don't have as balloon printing UK shop to visit. Often called Advertising Balloons, Promotional Balloons, Personalized Balloons and Custom Balloons. So what's the difference? Latex balloons are referred to as personalised balloons or custom balloons. The larger balloons seen at shop openings that frequently resemble the shape of a small airship are known as advertising balloons or promotional balloons. These are also filled with balloon gas. For more about these larger advertising balloons, visit our page: Printing on Giant Balloons.
6Simple secrets of balloon displays
To display the balloons, the most popular option is attaching 3 balloons to a weight with balloon ribbon. The experts say displaying items in an odd number is more pleasing to the eye. For a bigger impact display in bunches of 5,7,9 etc. By making the balloon ribbon longer they can easily be transformed to a floor standing balloon display. When display in bunches the height of each printed balloon can differ. It's best to make all the bunches look identical and this is where a tape measure may come in handy. When placing printed balloons on a table, try to make sure they don't block the vision of people sitting opposite. Don't place the balloons under air conditioned units, fans, draughts or near doors that are in line with a breeze. Hold all balloons in a bunch, measure each balloon ribbon length with a tape measure. At the base of all the ribbon pieces, once measured, fold the ribbon and hook the folded crease line into a balloon weight.
7Making a knots
Some balloon shops forget to demonstrate how to tie a balloon. It sounds simple but everyone had to learn somewhere as it's not so obvious to a lot of people. Try on a few non-customized balloons first before using stocks of personalised balloons. Visit the wiki website on how to tie a balloon for more details with video and pictures. If your organising a balloon release, you will need netting and string.
8Helium for balloons
For large amount of balloons gas contact one of the two main distributors in the UK : boc or Air products. Quite interesting facts about personalised balloons. The fear of balloons is called globophobia. In 2011, a hypnotist on the ITV show "this morning" cured a sufferer of globophobia. Following the hypnotism that was not filmed, the suffer was able to touch some floor balloon displays. Their biggest task was to touch some balloons in a large balloon pool.
It has been suggested that the average person in the UK will see a balloon in every week of their life.
In the 1990's balloons came into question when suffers of latex allergies hi-lighted the problems that balloons have in their lives. While numbers are uncertain, it is believed in the UK people who suffer allergies to latex is much less than 1% and therefore the question of the existence of balloons has not been questioned. Personalized balloons on television. Adverts give custom balloons some great exposure.
9Deliver areas for balloon printing in the UK
All the big UK places (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Coventry...) and all the smaller places too (Lout, Beverley, Framingham). In fact anywhere in the UK. Please remember to add any instructions when ordering to offices or homes that may be a little hard to locate. We like to help the couriers.
10Custom-Printed Personalised 3ft Wide Balloon
Create a truly spectacular entrance to one of the most special days of your life! Each Balloon is totally unique printed just for you in your choice of colour scheme, logo and wording and are individually printed 360° around the entire balloon. WE CAN PRINT IN ANY LANGUAGE – JUST CONTACT US! Just follow the very simple steps below: let us know your choices of balloon colour, ink colour, logo and most importantly the TEXT you wish to include. For example: Red balloon, White ink, BELLS logo - "Welcome to John+Jane Wedding party 28th July 2014" as the text. We will post your personalised balloon (not inflated) These amazing 3ft balloons are perfect for any occasion and can make your special day an even more magical experience.