From: "Chris Horne" <email@example.com> To: "Balloon HQ" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: January/February Images Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 09:11:34 -0000 Hi! Chris Horne here! Regarding the query about the cake boards, The round boards available in the US are of corrugated cardboard and are not strong enough on their own to stand the stresses caused by stretching a balloon over them, so glue two together with the grains running in opposite directions to make them rigid. Alternatively, use a circle of foam core or some other rigid material. Make sure that you use a balloon significantly larger than the board you wish to cover. So if you wish to cover a 12" circle, use a 16" balloon. For an 8" circle, an 11" balloon is fine. FULLY inflate the balloon with air, but don't tie it. Lay the balloon on the table, holding the neck out to one side. Place the cake circle on top of the balloon, and press down on in firmly with your free hand, spreading your fingers so that the pressure is evenly distributed over the surface of the board. Release the neck of the balloon so that it deflates and continue to push down on the board so that it is pushed into the balloon as it deflates, finally becoming wrapped in the balloon. If you use a big enough balloon and push hard enough this is very easy and you won't need to use the adhesive around the edges of the board. This technique is fully demonstrated in both my videos "Wedding workshop in a box" and "Themes and Dreams" and I will be demonstrating it again in my Centrepiece class at IBAC. Try it - it's fun!! Chris Horne, Northampton, England. Visit our Website at www.christopher-horne.co.uk ~ It's all new with over 140 photos!!