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Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 15-02-2019, 01:18 AM
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Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Cattex or rifco

They're both high quality brands; I'd just buy whichever one is offering the specific colors you want (Cattex are usually just solid colors or clear, while Rifco also offers crystal colors)
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 09-02-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 76,340
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Re: Reliable Balloon Sources

Ah, the site had been down for me for a couple days earlier, and following the low stock and 15% off everything sale, I figured they were closing. I'll add it back to the list.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 07-02-2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 76,340
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Reliable Balloon Sources

It looks like KBI has shut down, so I've removed them from the list.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 01-02-2019, 09:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 314
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: How long do GL500's last?

I have a GL500 from 2013 that I still blow up occasionally. It inflates unevenly and bulges weirdly at this point, but it hasn't popped yet!
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 01-02-2019, 09:51 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 17,984
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Balloons that you want but can't have

Try baking some clear ones. Preheat your oven to 290F bake some brand new clear balloons once it's heated for 5-15 minutes, depending on how soft they usually are already (e.g. lower times for...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 01-02-2019, 09:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,080
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Balloon durability

Cattex are definitely some of the strongest balloons in my experience. They don't get quite as tight as Qualatex ones, but they can take a ton of abuse even when overinflated.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 01-02-2019, 09:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Will a sa24 hold me

It depends on how inflated it is and how much you weigh. I had one and was able to bounce on it without popping it as long as I didn't overinflate it, but I'm very light. (Eventually I popped it...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 15-01-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,083
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: how do you neck balloons??

Could you post a picture if you have one? I've been curious about the Q36 for a while but they're not cheap.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 21-12-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: I've Been Underestimating Balloon Strength!!

Cattex balloons have always been really impressive to me - they have a really interesting combination of being soft and stretchy, but also very durable.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 26-11-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 76,340
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Reliable Balloon Sources

For now I added just Jennyloons - bargain balloons is already in the list, and you mentioned the issues with old stock with the others.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 26-11-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 695
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Night time or daytime looning

I like the daytime for the lighting, but usually night is more convenient.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 23-11-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,491
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: 24 inch party city loons or 36 inch walmart?

The Walmart 36" ones are just Unique 36", and the Party City 24" are Amscan 24". You might be able to get them from a different reseller.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 09-11-2018, 04:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 652
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Accidental pop advice

Water can accelerate the degradation of latex, so taking balloons into the shower is likely to make them pop. Amscan balloons are just somewhat low quality in my experience, and tend to just pop...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 06-11-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 683
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: I've had a thought

The neck isn't large enough, it's maybe 4 inches wide.
Forum: Poppers 05-11-2018, 03:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,348
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Popping Fear

Alternatively, you can heat-stretch a balloon with the oven or clothes dryer to get a similar effect without waiting a month :P
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 03-11-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 76,340
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Reliable Balloon Sources

I wouldn't be surprised. Their prices have always been high compared to other resellers, despite extra for international shipping.
Forum: Non-Poppers 31-10-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 975
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: My blue tuftex 17"

I think you can go bigger - with TufTex, every time you blow them up they stretch a little bit more.
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 31-10-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 585
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Balloon strength questions

Cattex, Rifco, and Qualatex are all very high quality. The GL series are some of my favorite balloons - they can take a ton of abuse, are really soft and stretchy, and are huge. If you take care of...
Forum: Balloon Fetish Discussion 25-10-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 76,340
Posted By OverTheTop
Re: Reliable Balloon Sources

I've probably ordered from Balloons United more than any other site. Being in the US, you don't get charged VAT, but the shipping is more expensive. I've never had any extra charges from customs or...
Forum: Poppers 23-10-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,225
Posted By OverTheTop
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: 1,138
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: 14
Views: 1,577
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: 9
Views: 1,225
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: 1,918
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: 29
Views: 9,723
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...
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