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Forum: Poppers 23-10-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 261
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Re: Baking

What temperature and duration did you use? It is true that cheaper balloons tend to melt more easily, rather than stretching properly. I usually line my baking sheets with aluminum foil, and although...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 23-10-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 313
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Is there a way to pop balloons quietly

A small space will actually make things worse: The sound waves will bounce against the surfaces and only make it louder. Fabric or other soft materials will help though.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 23-10-2018, 03:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 257
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: I want to do a raw, honest Facebook status where I tell everyone.

I agree with this. Maybe telling your family or closest friends might help you feel more accepted, but I feel like telling the general public who aren't close with you is a bad idea.
Forum: Poppers 23-10-2018, 04:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 261
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Baking

I've had a lot of experience heat stretching balloons. Both the oven and clothes dryer are effective depending on the balloons.

For new (never inflated) balloons, the oven works best: Preheat it...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 19-10-2018, 09:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 882
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: How to Inflate GL1200

No problem! GLs are very nice balloons, well worth learning to blow them up properly so you can get the most out of them and avoid accidental pops (which can be expensive)
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 19-10-2018, 09:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,854
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Group order of SA24s/SA36s from manufacturer - survey

I never heard back unfortunately. I'm still interested in this for the future, but for now I've shelved it since I'm not in a position to coordinate this right now. If someone else would like to take...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 16-10-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Liquid latex

I've seen this guide (http://www.rutherford-robotics.com/balloon/), and while it seems reputable, I haven't tried it myself. If you do try it, let us know how it goes; I've been somewhat curious...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 15-10-2018, 11:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Cattex 55 shrinkage after use....

Heat does have an effect on latex. Low heat will cause the latex to shrink back to its original form, and high temperatures will also weaken the bonds making the balloon stretchier. You can use an...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 09-10-2018, 02:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 882
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: How to Inflate GL1200

Yes, Cattex and Rifco brand balloons tend to stretch very well, so reinflating them a couple times to stretch them out a bit will help.
Forum: Inflatable and PVC Fetish 29-09-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 425
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Some confusion regarding phthalates?

My interpretation is that they're saying that over time, the material will lose its stretchiness, regardless of what type of plasticizer is used.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 28-09-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Is it possible to print on balloons at home?

As an alternative, it's very easy to create stencils and then trace them onto partially inflated balloons with sharpies. Cutting them out of paper takes a bit of patience but works well enough; if...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 27-09-2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Is it possible to print on balloons at home?

Why is ordering out of the question? Looner sites like Balloons United (https://www.balloons-united.com/) do custom prints.
Forum: Non-Poppers 26-09-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 415
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Will a GL1200 Support My Weight

A GL1200 will easily support your weight, even slightly overinflated. They're really tough balloons.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 25-09-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 882
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: How to Inflate GL1200

When you say "from the nipple to the nozzle", do you mean you inflated it until even the neck was full? If so, it makes sense that it popped - the neck typically only inflates once the rest of the...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 25-09-2018, 02:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 501
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: How do I make balloons old and wrinkley fast

Do you want them to be visibly wrinkly, or do you just want the softness/stretchiness of old wrinkly balloons? If you just want the stretchiness, you can try heat stretching them. If you want them to...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 23-09-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 579
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Heat stretching Latex

I use ziploc bags, that way I can keep the balloons intact and dry while also drying clothes.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 22-09-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 882
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: How to Inflate GL1200

I've blown up GL1200s by mouth many times. It's not too difficult, it just takes a while - I can blow one up to rated size in about 15 minutes if I focus on it.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 22-09-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 579
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Heat stretching Latex

There are two main ways that I've used:

1. Baking them in the oven. Works best for new (never inflated) balloons - put them in for 5-15 minutes at 290F, then blow them up while they're still...
Forum: Non-Poppers 16-09-2018, 03:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 904
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Untimely pop

There's always unexpected pops. My last SA-24 popped while I was playing with it, although I knew I was pushing it by overinflating it.
Forum: Poppers 12-09-2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 798
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Photos and videos

The trading subforum (https://blowtopop.net/forumdisplay.php?f=18) is usually used for sharing clips
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 12-09-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,637
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: What is the biggest amount of helium ballloons you have played with ?

Hmm... Kind of curious how a Cattex 32" longneck would go, especially if pre-stretched a bit so that the neck fills first.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 12-09-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 595
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Go on confess- What's the most futile thing you've attempted with a baloon?

Solution: Only blow them up by mouth. Much harder to read a text while still blowing it up.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 02-09-2018, 11:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Old balloons

Try heat stretching balloons, it produces a somewhat similar effect, making them much softer and stretchier. You can put them in the dryer on high heat for 15-30 minutes (use the lower end of the...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 31-08-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 991
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Tuftex 17"

They can overinflate to 20" or more if you're careful, but how much they can take when you're bouncing on them depends on your weight and how vigorous you are
Forum: Inflatable and PVC Fetish 29-08-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 786
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Removing beachball valve flaps

The way heath dragon does it is the most effective way that I've tried, but does take some elbow grease. I also make sure to keep hold of the flap once it does detach, and then press it back into the...
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