LOADING TIPS & TRICKS
The very first balloons
you load into each framework are usually the most difficult.
You have not had as much practice. There are no
surrounding balloons to help hold the first ones in place.
The framework itself is not as stiff as it will become as
more balloons are loaded. You do not yet have the
double frameworks spread out to help hold the balloons in
you have a lot of trouble getting the balloons to stay in
place here are some things you might try:
(1) Squeeze and twist the loose skin of the
balloon so as to make the neck of the balloon longer, then
tie the knot as close to the inflated portion of the balloon
tighter skin on the balloons will make the balloons stiffer
and less likely to flop out of place at the slightest
(2) Go ahead and separate the two frameworks
with the very first balloon. This will make it a
little more difficult to handle the framework, but should
make it easier to keep the balloon in place.
(3) Add fresh spray adhesive to the Matrix.
recommend 3-M brand #77 spray adhesive. Spray a light
coat on one side, let it dry, and then spray the other side.
Even "dry" the framework should then have a slight tacky
surface like the little Post-It Notes.
(4) Use Glue Dots, tape or other adhesives
to force the first few balloons to stay in place until a
number of adjacent balloons are in place. It
will get easier after you get under way, then replace those
first balloons if they are too messy.
(5) Double stuff the first balloons. This
will make them stiffer so that they do not flop around and
out of the apertures. Once under way there should be
less need for the extra balloons and effort.
(6) There is also an alternate technique for
assembling the characters using the same framework that you
have been sent. That techniques makes it easier to get
balloons to stay in place, but it requires twice as many
balloons and produces characters that are more than twice at
thick. We will hold that in reserve.