What types of Balloon Twisting Supplies are required for Balloon Artists?
Balloon Twisting Supplies
One might think that as professional balloon twister or balloon artist all you really need is a balloon to get the job done. Well, this is true in a way. Ultimately a true artist can work with the bare essentials and in the world of balloon artistry there are basically only two key balloon twisting supplies necessary to produce beautiful balloon models.
The first key item is...you guessed it, balloons. You will need lots of balloons, of all colors and sizes. The more colorful your balloons the more children you will attract to your booth and the more diverse your balloon models will look. There are plenty of party department stores locally where you can stock up on your balloon twisting supplies. If not, you can search the internet for balloon twisting supplies which usually come at discounted rates for bulk purchases.
The difference between a common person buying balloons and a balloon twister is that us balloon twisters buy special balloons for our line of work. The balloons used for twisting are identified by numbers. Usually the most common size of balloons for twisting is called a '260.' A 260 balloon is about two inches in diameter and 60 inches in length. Hence, a 160 balloon would therefore be one inch times sixty inches when blown up fully. There are numerous other sized of balloons available to you but these are by far the most commonly used amongst balloon twisters.
Although there are literally a dozen brands of balloons to choose from, I would recommend sticking to one of these two brands, if not both. They are Qualatex, and Betallic. These are the top brands used by professional balloon twisting artists for decades. Betallic has made for some tough competition due to their innovative and growing line of colors and balloon shapes, while Qualatex is manufactured by the pioneer balloon company. Both of these balloon brands are top notch and will serve you well in your balloon twisting projects.
The second key element in your list of required balloon twisting supplies is something that will inflate your balloons aside from your lungs. Most professional balloon twisters use an air pump similar to those bicycle pumps to inflate bicycle tires. However it is also common practice to use an electric air compressor.
Now I know you are probably thinking why can't I just blow up the balloons with my mouth? Well, I am sure you have seen many ballon twisters blow up their balloons via their mouth already. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until recently that the use of air compressors and air pumps were accepted into the world of balloon twisting. For many years balloon artists used only the air from their lungs to blow up their balloons otherwise they were not considered to be professional. There have been some very talented and well trained balloon twisters that have been noted to inflate more than one balloon at a time. This includes the 160s which require much more lung strength and air pressure to inflate. However you have to understand how dangerous inflating balloons via the mouth really is. One of the most common reasons to avoid inflating balloons via the mouth is lightheadedness. It takes a lot of lung pressure to inflate a balloon and this process can make a balloon artist lightheaded and may even pass out on the spot.
Another reason why you should consider getting an air compressor or pump is that if a balloon that you are inflating from your mouth happens to pop in your face, the pressure can snap back and cause damage to your eyes, ears or even damage the muscles around your throat.
Some of the other reasons involve hygene. You see there are many parents who do not feel comfortable handing their children a balloon that was inside the twister's mouth. Especially since the balloon is more than likely to pop sooner or later in which the germs of the twister will then spread all over the child faster than it normally would.
Last but not least, many balloon twisters would rather avoid putting balloons in their mouth because children tend to imitate what they see. Since balloons much like all small objects can be hazardous and cause severe choking if the child is not carefully supervised, many balloon twisters prefer to use other balloon twisting supplies such as an air pump or compressor instead of inflating balloons via the mouth.