Q. Can you make a ………
Q. Do you do parties?
A. Wherever Air Weaver goes, it’s a party! – Yes private parties are a great place to showcase balloons for children. The birthday child gets a custom piece made ahead of time, and young guests all receive something made on the spot. I have found that for children of all ages, the creation of the balloons is a show all by itself. Pricing is on the contact page If you would like a centerpiece for a grown-up party, something like a motorcycle, a lighthouse, a giant football helmet, anything at all, it is going to depend on where it is to go and how big you want it. Contact me to get a price quote on custom work. I can also do balloon caricatures of people in any size. Maybe you want to honor the boss of the company or a favorite teacher. I can make them out of balloons! See the medium sized gallery for ideas.
Q. Are these latex? What about allergies?
A. Yes, 99% of the balloons you see here are latex. There is not yet a viable latex-free alternative for twisting balloons. If you wish to contract my services for a latex free facility, I can do a no-balloon magic show.
Q. How long do they last?
A. Air Weaver uses only high quality balloons from Qualatex and Betallatex. Depending on heat exposure, balloon sculptures can last weeks. I usually tell people that the balloon flowers are on par with most cut flowers for longevity. They typically shrink evenly. Keep them away from heat and out of direct light and they will last longer. You can even freeze an inflated balloon for a long period of time. Try it sometime! (Put it in a plastic grocery bag first.)
Q. What if they pop?
A. Balloons are a temporary art form, with memories that last. Sometimes they pop. But they are sturdier than most people think. Avoiding the ground or grass, balloons will hold up well. Parties often break out into balloon sword fights (Sometimes with the balloon man himself!) but the swords usually make it home. One advantage to the complicated sculptures that I do, is that one popped bubble doesn’t usually affect the whole sculpture.
Q. Do you do arches?
A. I have recently added arch work, and I am happy with the results. The star arch on the front page is at least 10 feet tall, and is a real crowd pleaser. There are so many variations of balloon arches out there, I only have pictures here of things I have made myself. But I can recreate just about anything you might find. With one exception noted in the next question……
Q. Do you work with helium?
I have found that the wonderful world of twisted balloons is so whimsical and enthralling, no one really notices that these creations don’t float away. They are too wrapped up in the big question: “are those all BALLOONS?” I do use small amounts occasionally in my show, and if need be, in centerpieces. But I prefer to show you something air filled that you’ve never seen before.
Q. So what about balloon releases?
A. I understand that people appreciate the symbolism of a balloon release, especially when representing grief. However, I do not endorse this practice. While latex balloons are ultimately biodegradable, it does take time. Until that process is complete, released balloons are trash. I try to be very conscientious of my own scraps when doing sculptures, and I have collected large amounts of latex for actual composting. To simply let balloons fly away on purpose is littering, and the Boy Scout in me just can’t get behind it. If you wish to honor someone with a balloon release, I can certainly provide an alternative artistic expression that is more responsible and just as touching.
Q. We’re a non-profit. Can you work for us for the exposure?
A. Here in the Valley, we have many wonderful non-profit organizations, and really, the bulk of big events are non-profit. If I did free work for everyone who called, I would be out 7 days a week for charity. There are several charities I choose to support with this service, listed at the end of this FAQ.
A non-profit event with a small budget can often find a corporate sponsor to cover the costs of things like entertainment to really bring that special something to your event. As an event organizer myself, I understand that if you can get something for free, why pay for it? But you also value what you pay for, and Air Weaver Balloons strives to be professional and top quality. You won’t regret investing in our services.
Q. How did you get into this?
A. I lost a bet.
Q. Do you do restaurants?
A. As this is a side business, and I am a full-time pastor of a Lutheran church, weekly restaurant work does not typically fit my schedule. I did a monthly event for a restaurant in 2016. I would consider a new monthly restaurant gig dependent on scheduling.
Q. Weren’t you a magician?
A. Yes, I got my start as an entertainer in magic. I have found that creating balloon art is a special kind of magic. See the booking page for info about the Air Weaver Super Terrific Happy Funtime Balloon Show of Awesomeness!
Q. Do you paint faces?
A. Just by putting smiles on them.
Q. Why are there so many questions in this FAQ?
A. Hey, you can quit any time you like. Just go look at pictures of awesome balloons!
Q. Where did I see you before?
A. I’ve been twisting balloons in Central PA since 2010. Previous clients include
- Pediatric Dentistry of Lewisburg (No Cavity Club Party)
- St. Columba School, Bloomsburg
- Blossburg Coal Festival
- Sponsored Artist at Lewisburg Arts Festival
- Pineknotter Days, Northumberland
- Shikellamy High School Prom
- Countdown to Noon, Northumberland
- BZ Motors Lewisburg
- Lemonade Stand Day Northumberland
- Athletic Club of Hershey
- Milton Presbyterian Church Block Party
- Riverfest, Sunbury
- Fremont Fire Dept Apple Festival
- Kingdom Kids Preschool
- Numerous Susquehanna Valley company picnics
- Snyder County Libraries
- Lewisburg Relay for Life
- Spreading Antlers Foundation
- Special Olympics, Mount Carmel
- Harvest Bible Chapel Mifflinburg
- Middleburg Elementary School Art Show
- Beavertown Vacation Bible School
- Selinsgrove Center
- First Lutheran Church of Watsontown
- Daddy Daughter Dance Lewisburg
- Zion Evangelical Church Kratzerville
- Turbotville Elementary PTA Family Night
- Watsontown Elementary School Fair
- Mifflinburg Elementary Dr. Seuss Night
- Ard’s Market monthly Kids Night (2016)
You may have seen larger balloons for Charities/Non-profits Air Weaver has supported.
- Girls on the Run of the Greater Susquehanna Valley
- Magical Memories (local charity for children with life threatening and terminal illnesses)
- Camp Mount Luther, Mifflinburg
- Northumberland County Foster Children Christmas Party
- Cub Scout Pack 3331 (Sunbury Halloween Parade)
- The Roger Snyder Memorial Run to benefit In the Beginning Preschool Richfield
- Upward Basketball Stonington
- United Lutheran Church, Sunbury