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A toy balloon or party balloon, is a small balloon mostly used for decoration,[1] advertising and children’s toys. Toy balloons are usually made of rubber or aluminized plastic, and inflated with air or helium. They come in a great variety of sizes and shapes, but are most commonly 10 to 30 centimetres in diameter. Toy balloons are not considered to include “sky lanterns” (hot-air paper balloons), although these too are or were used as child toys in some parts of the world.

About Balloons

Toy balloon/Inventors
The first rubber balloons were made by Professor Michael Faraday in 1824 for use in his experiments with hydrogen at the Royal Institution in London. “The caoutchouc is exceedingly elastic”, he wrote in the Quarterly Journal of Science the same year.

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The product is called Bunch O Balloons and it’s just that, a bunch of balloons, 100 to be exact, with a special hose attachment that allows you to fill those 100 balloons with water in under one minute

Why do we celebrate things with balloons? … The first rubber balloons were made by Michael Faraday in 1824, for use in the laboratory. Faraday laid two sheets of rubber on top of each other, put flour in the middle to prevent them from joining all the way through, and then sealed the edges together

Balloons, once made from dried animal bladders, are now made from latex. The process of making them is fascinating. First, the latex is mixed with dye for 16 hours. While that happens balloon moldings are dipped in a chemical that attracts latex, then into the latex itself.

Many animals mistake burst so-called “biodegradable” latex balloons as food, causing intestinal blockage and death. … Some understand Mylar (plastic foil) balloons are harmful to the environment, but are led to believe latex balloons are environmentally friendly.

General Balloon Questions

Our latex balloons are designed to be 12 inches (approximately 30cm) in diameter when filled. Latex balloons that have been properly filled should have a rounded appearance instead of a light bulb or pear shape.

Every balloon has a small valve or opening at the “tail”. Slide this opening onto the nozzle of the helium tank until you have a tight fit. Make sure you hold the neck of the balloon firmly around the nozzle with one hand and press on the nozzle with your other hand to release the helium into your balloon.

You can use your lungs or a balloon specific air pump. When using an air pump, attach the opening of the balloon to the nozzle of the pump. Pull out the hand lever on your pump and start pumping.

Balloons can also be inflated with other gases, such as hydrogen and nitrous oxide. If a balloon is completely transparent, you can opt to fill your balloon with confetti and glitter. Contact us for other unique ideas.

For latex balloons, tie the ribbon between the knot and the end of the balloon. Do not tie the ribbon around the valve of the balloon or a leak may occur. To tie a foil balloon, tie a ribbon around the neck of the balloon, just below the opening. You can flip the balloon upside down so the tail faces you if that’s easier.

Yes. All of our balloons are made suitable for inflation with helium.

Helium balloons deflate quicker than balloons filled with air because the helium particles are smaller than the air particles; thus, they escape more easily from the balloons. In other words, the larger air particles stay longer inside the balloons than the smaller helium particles.

There are numerous reasons that cause a balloon not to float. Firstly, a balloon must be inflated with helium, making sure that the balloon is blown up to its full size.

A common reason for a balloon not to float is when it is under inflated. Do not fill a balloon smaller than 9 inches with helium as they only float for a few hours. When the weight of the balloon exceeds the lift of the helium gas, the balloon will also not float.

Balloons are not perfectly air-tight and deflate over time. Air can slowly diffuse through the surface, or leak through the knot. This effect proceeds faster with helium inflated balloons.

First, be sure to tie a tight knot in the neck of the balloon. If you are attaching ribbons to the balloons, be sure to tie the ribbon below the knot.

You can use a gel called “Hi-Float,” which forms a coating inside latex balloons that reduces helium or air loss. It is similar to the glue on the back of postage stamps. This gel is non-toxic. Unfortunately, we do not currently sell this item.

If you consider using balloons for an outdoors event, we suggest using heavier balloon weights. However, we cannot guarantee the float time of balloons in unfavourable weather conditions.

Latex Balloon Questions

We sell 12 inch (30cm) latex balloons in diameter. Our range includes two finishes: pearl and standard. Pearl balloons are solid, translucent colours, featuring a sheen similar to a pearl. Standard balloons have an opaque finish and are available in bright colours.

Balloons are manufactured from a liquid rubber called latex. Each balloon gets its colour from the pigment that is added to the latex. Balloons are made of 100% biodegradable latex, which breathes and breaks down over time.

When a latex balloon is inflated with helium, the average float time is around 8-10 hours (less than a day), weather and temperature dependant. Balloons are adversely affected by heat, wind and sun, so keep them in a cool, dark place until needed. Whether the balloon is indoors or outdoors will also impact the time the balloon stays afloat.

Balloons filled with air will last for days to weeks, and can be filled the day before your function. Bear in mind, air filled latex balloons will not float.

Latex is a naturally occurring product, and so latex balloons are 100% bio-degradable and environmentally friendly. Latex balloons should only be released into the environment with care however ribbons and seals are not biodegradable and should always be discarded correctly.

Other Questions

Yes we do!

  • But you can collect too

  • We charge R6 per km delivery fee outside of Midrand.

  • Large orders and designs are arranged on site – fees applied as above

  • EFT or cash

  • 80% deposit required on placing order.

  • Balance payable on delivery