Bring Mario to a Birthday Party
This past month, I had a request from a client to bring a Super Mario Brothers character, Mario, to a birthday party. I typically don’t do this because of the logistics of performing several birthday parties shows a weekend and worry about breaking or deflating before it gets to the client. However, this was one of the few occasions that I did it, and everything turned out fine. The birthday child was ecstatic with the Mario figure, plus I made a Mario Balloon Hat created by Sean McDaniel.
The Mario took about an hour to build. It was not because it took that long – I kept trying new designs and finally returned to my original concept. I tried three different body styles none had a look I was looking for. This is another reason I don’t deliver balloon figures. I’m too critical of my work and waste more time screwing around with new techniques than using the ones I have mastered.
Now, for those of you who will tell me, “keep working on the new techniques,” there is a time and a place to do that, and for me, it’s never while I’m contracted to build a balloon sculpture. I prefer to only experiment on designs when people are not paying me to create. This way, I know exactly how to repair the design if something should go wrong.
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