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Balloon Arch

Arches are a fun and popular balloon decoration with endless potential for creativity. From shopping malls to hotel ballrooms, arches add excitement and provide lavish displays of color. There are many variations. The following is just a sampling of the simple ways arches can be constructed:Supplies needed for Balloon Arches

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  1. Attach the loose end of the monofilament line to the back of a chair or a similar stationary object. Be sure to allow about four or five extra feet of monofilament line to finish the arch.
  2. Usually, two colors of latex are used. One will be called the contrasting color or the swirl.
  3. Inflate the latex balloons uniformly using either a Qualatex® ProSizer™ Template or other device for measuring the circumference of the balloon.
  4. Tie two inflated balloons of the same color together.
  5. Tie two inflated balloons of the contrasting color together.
  6. Twist the two sets of balloons together creating a cluster of four.
  7. Secure clusters on the line by looping monofilament line around cluster several times to hold in place. Be sure to keep the line tightly stretched and clusters solidly packed as you build the arch. Wrap monofilament line around two or three balloons in the cluster to secure. Add another cluster and repeat.
  8. Make sure each cluster is exactly the same color pattern. The swirl is accomplished by moving the contrasting color one quarter turn clockwise as it is packed on the line. It is important that the clusters are tightly packed together on the line. There will be a few inches between the center of each cluster.
  9. Continue to build arch until desired length is reached.
  10. Wrap monofilament line four or five times around balloon clusters at the end of line in looping motion in order to keep the balloon clusters solidly packed on the line.
  11. Use a brick, sand-filled weight, or drapery hook (anchored to carpet) to hold each end of the arch in place.

The Single Arch is made up of single helium-filled latex balloons tied directly to a monofilament line. The latex may be packed closely together or evenly spaced. The arch can be dressed up with a variety of items such as ribbons, poufs of tulle netting, or even feathers.

An air-filled latex balloon can be tied directly below the helium-filled balloon creating the High-low Arch, a variation of the single arch.

The Rainbow Arch includes several single arches of varying length that can be placed together creating a rainbow of colors.

The Swirl Arch is composed of either a three or four cluster latex group joined by paper clips or Twist Klips™ and attached directly to the monofilament line.

The Foil Arch can be created using foil helium-filled balloons. The foil balloon can be attached to the monofilament line, using a pipe cleaner twisted around the stem.

Decorating With Arches
Decorating with balloons can be an exciting supplement to an existing business or an opportunity for a new business.

Typically, decorating is conducted on the actual job site. Every decorating job will differ and should be considered separately. Decorating is labor intensive and costly; thus, the following should be considered:

First, before you agree to a decorating job, make sure you have the required skills and supplies. A basic rule is "keep it simple." Try more complicated decorations on your own before you attempt a professional job. Also, order any needed supplies ahead of time. Remember, your supplier is subject to stock availability too.

Second, decide whether the decoration is a short- or long-term exhibit. Air-filled arches will remain for several days; helium-filled arches are temporary.

Finally, never promise something you cannot deliver or do a shabby job. Let the customer know what you can and cannot do, and the expense involved from the start.