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Issue 2003.02      RMS AT IBAC 2003 646 Q CHANDELIER

646 Q Balloon Ribbon Assembly Instructions Below

(A print version of the instructions comes with the Matrix.)

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The RMS 646 Strips have 20 openings that alternate between a smaller and a larger size. This is to accommodate the smaller and larger ends of the 646 balloon. By alternating between sizes the strips force the balloons to form a relatively straight line.
You will probably develop your own techniques for loading balloons in the 646 strips, but here is a suggested procedure to get you started.

Lay out two of the strips on a table with the smaller end of one strip facing the larger end of the second strip.

Slide the smaller end of a 646 through the larger opening in the second RMS 646 Strip toward the first 646 Strip.

This should be easy. If it is not, then you might try decreasing the inflation size of your balloons. It is also important, however, to keep the opening perpendicular to the direction you are sliding the balloon. If the angle gets far off perpendicular the balloon will hang up.

Stop about one foot from the end of the 646. The strip
should be snug, but not tight. It will tighten up a bit more
when other balloons are added.
Slide the first opening (the smaller opening) of the first RMS 646 Strip over the smaller end of the balloon for about one foot. The strip should be snug, but not tight. It will tighten up a bit more when other balloons are added.
Reverse directions for the second balloon. Slide the small end of the second balloon through the second opening (the larger opening) in the first RMS 646 Strip.
Slide the small end of the second balloon through the second opening (the smaller opening) in the second RMS 646 Strip. Adjust the balloons to be even on the ends and the RMS strips to be evenly aligned.
Reverse directions for the third balloon.

One person can handle this operation, but if you experience difficulties, recruit a helper. Have them hold the installed balloons still. And, have them hold the matrix opening so that it is perpendicular to the direction you slide the new balloon.

Reverse directions again for the fourth balloon. Continue
alternating directions for each new balloon to the desired length.

One Strip of 20 balloons will be approximately 10' long.

The simplest way to extend the length of your 646 ribbon of balloons is to have the last balloon of one set become the first balloon of the next set.

The last opening of the first set of Matrix Strips wraps around the linking balloon. The first opening of the second set of Matrix Strips wraps around the linking balloon. The linking balloon acts like a hinge pin to hold the two sets of balloons together.

Important Note: If your linking balloon pops you loose your hinge pin.

An alternative method would be to tape the end of one strip to the end of the next before loading balloons.

Check out RMS Strips for #160's, #260's and #350's as well as for #646 balloons in our Custom Catalog. You may download a copy from http://www.rouseinternational.com/catalogs/pdf/gen.cat.pdf

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