(1) The outer straps of the
Matrix may be camouflaged with paint or covered in ribbon.
* To paint the plastic straps of the Matrix we
recommend that a light coat of spray adhesive be on the
surface as a primer and that the paint be applied in as
light a coat as possible to get the necessary coverage. Do
not use thick coats of a hard enamel paint. It will
easily chip off when the Matrix is bent during assembly.
* Number 40 ribbon is wide enough to cover the
parallel straps on the outer edges of the characters.
Apply spray adhesive to the back side of the ribbon and
apply the ribbon like tape over the Matrix once the balloon
assembly is finished.
(2) Install all the
balloons so that the knotted end of the balloon is on the
back side of the display and then trim off the excess neck
of the balloons. It is helpful for the knot to be very
tight. so that it is less likely to come undone when you
trim the balloon neck close to the knot. For a neater
presentation, you may massage the balloons to leave the
knots centered on the back side of each balloon.
* There are techniques that allow you to massage
the balloons so that the knots are hidden between balloons.
The process is time consuming, but it would be worthwhile if
guests circulated on both sides of the display.
Contact us at Rouse International if you have an interest in
learning these techniques.
(3) If the balloons
and framework are held straight while under construction,
the results should be relatively flat characters. If the
results are not flat enough to meet your needs there are
techniques which may help:
* One, is to simply bend the character in the
opposite direction. The idea is that you will stretch
the display and it will bounce back into a compromise
position close to the one you want.
* A second is to individually massage balloons
that are uneven and out of line. Each balloon should
have its center of mass centered between the two frameworks.
There should be three small bulges in each balloon, one at
each end and one in the center between the straps. The
diameter of each bulge should be very close to the same.
If the framework
is bent then you should be able to find balloons that have
smaller bulges on one end of the balloon than the other.
Once you get them close to equal, the framework should be
close to flat.
You may find it worth while to keep some extra balloons of
the various sizes inflated and stored near the display under
similar conditions to that of the display. If you
should need to replace balloons later, they will be readily
available and oxidized about the same as the ones on
display. This will give a more even appearance to even
a repaired sculpture.
The instructions for the individual characters point out
where the sculpture parts are joined by placing empty loops
over balloons that are already held in place by other Matrix
straps. There are two other joints where we recommend
cable ties (zip ties / electrical ties).
* Place the joined "DL" on a table above the joined
"20". Slide the parts together so that they look like
the official logo. Use cable ties to connect the
straps from the "D" to the straps for the "2" where the two
characters touch. Do the same thing for the "L" and the "0".
You may get by
with just one cable tie at each connecting point, but the
connection will be stronger and more stable if you connect
both front and back straps from one character to the other.