How can I get in contact with you?
You can email me at nancy [at] khoolballoons [dot] com. I may not reply immediately.
Do you do parties?
Generally – not really. This is a hobby for me, and I usually just twist for friends and family. I have helped out at parties every now and then when my schedule allows.
Can I pay you to twist a balloon for me?
This is a hobby for me, not a business. That said, you can always ask. 🙂 If time allows, I might be able to do something in exchange for a smile, or a donation to my choice of charity (more smiles!)
Also, I am always looking for neat balloons to try to twist – feel free to suggest any ideas to me and, as time allows, I might twist something for you! (Especially if it’s your birthday or other special occasion.)
Did you blow up all those balloons yourself?
No, I don’t blow up any balloons. I use a pump in inflate balloons. I don’t have the lungs for it, and it’s more sanitary to use a pump. Also, this way kids won’t try to copy me and put balloons in their mouths.
How long do the balloons last?
It depends! If your kid is constantly playing with the balloon (shaking it, pulling at it, sword fighting,) it might pop. It also depends on environmental factors and the design of the balloon. They can last from around a few days to 2 weeks. I have made some balloons that I then left on my desk and they lasted well over 3 weeks (but they won’t look as shiny and new.)
If you draw on the balloon, be sure to use a non-acidic pen, or your balloon may deflate prematurely. Also, balloons do not like direct sunlight, heat, or anything sharp (watch out if you are outdoors – grass blades can be sharp!)
If you have freezer space, you can put them in the freezer to last longer.
What’s a 260? What’s a 160?
These are different sizes of balloons. A 260 is a balloon that is 2 inches in diameter and 60 inches long. A 160 is a balloon that is one inch wide, and 60 inches long. 260s are the most commonly used ones for balloon twisting. Unless something else is specified, you’ll be using 260s for most things. 160s are good for adding detail. 350s are another common size.
Where can I buy balloons?
See this entry. Also, look at the “Products I Like” tab.
If you are near me – I usually have extra pumps and balloons – feel free to ask. I am happy to help you get started.
I can make a basic dog. How can I make it fancier?
See this entry.
What are the basic twists?
See this entry.