Transporting Balloons Sculptures

Barber Pole

When it comes to deco twisting, delivery is one part of the job that I do not like. It never fails that when I need to deliver a balloon, it is windy, hot, rainy, snowing, or anything else but 74 degrees with a soft breeze.

I may let a balloon sit for hours before delivery, yet I still need to bag the balloon and deliver it, which always means there is a chance of breaking. Yes, I can fix it. Well, maybe, depending on what breaks and where. It may be able to be repaired.

The other part of deco twisting I despise is ensuring I have the right balloon supplies in stock. As an entertainer, I can adapt and overcome, but having enough of the right supplies is critical when I am making several of the same centerpieces. If I run short of one color, size, or shape, I may spend hours redesigning, which is now costing me time and money.

Crafting a work of art that people are willing to pay money for is not difficult; getting it to them in one piece is the trick. This past week, I made a barber pole, which exceeds 40 inches in height. Now, unlike some decorators with large plastic bags, I could not find my storage bags, which I picked up at the local big box hardware store some 15 years ago. I would suggest to anybody who wants to deliver balloons to invest in some large plastic storage bags.

I could not find any bags in the house that were 40-inches in height, so I used a plastic garment bag. I typically use them to transport my stage attire to shows. It keeps them clean and prevents me from losing any of my clothing. Today, it was used for transporting a barber pole. I unzipped the bag, placed the balloon sculpture in, and closed up the garment bag.

The delivery went with no problems, and the client was thrilled. As an entertainer, I can twist and shape a balloon without concern about it breaking. Yet, when I make a balloon delivery, it feels like walking a balloon dog through a cactus patch. I was waiting for it to explode! When it doesn’t, I feel relief!

3 thoughts on “Transporting Balloons Sculptures”

  1. I do large sculptures for events and have problems with weighing them down. I sure could use dome advice. I made some palm tress with cute monkeys, parrots,bananas and coconuts in the tree, really cute but could not get it to sit up good, a lot of my work ends up laying sideways which is a real turnoff and not showing my work well.

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