What kinds of balloons are there in the market? Of course, I talk about party balloons: Round balloons, long balloons (also called modelling balloons), latex balloons, foil balloons, plastic balloon, silicon balloons and so on…
Well, there are many kinds and types of balloons, differ from each other in their shape, size, flexibility and material. Some of them are biodegradable and some are not.
As a balloon artist, I have been asked many times about the kinds of balloons by my students, who learn how to make balloon animals or how to make balloon decorations. In this article I will make a review about kinds and type of balloons.
There are many types of balloons, in a variety of sizes and shapes, made of two main materials: Latex balloons (in various shapes and sizes) and foil balloons in a variety of shapes.
These are the birthday balloons, which are actually the normal balloons that everyone knows.
Most of these balloons are made of latex (i.e. pure rubber, which is actually the resin of the rubber tree, therefore, it is a biodegradable material). These balloons come in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from small sizes: for example, a five-inch balloon (marked as 5” balloon or as 5”R (R stands for Round)) through a 12” round balloons, to huge sizes that can be inflated to the size of a person’s height.
The size of the round balloon (for example, 5 inches) is actually the diameter of the balloon when it is almost fully inflated.
By the way, the most common size of round balloons (with which we often create balloon designs for events with) is 12 or 11 inches. Of course it’s also the name of the balloon: 11-inch balloon or 12-inch balloon.
Why are there 2 common sizes? (11″ or 12″)? because some balloon companies manufacture this balloon as a 12 inches balloon and some produce it as an 11 inches balloon.