Sunday Night July 22, 2018 7 PM Dirty Balloon Competition Mystery Trip. Just for fun!

2019 Classes All Posted under balloon lists, scroll down and (Subject to change)

Rob Driscoll Class 4 -Ships, and how to sail them

Rob lives and works in one of the UKs most important and historic harbour cities, as you can imagine ships are a major influence on Robs work, whether he is working on or near a historic ship, entertaining passengers boarding a cruise ship, or even heading out to sea on one of the Royal Navy’s ships to entertain the families and crew.

In this session Rob will firstly share his classic Pirate ship design, showing the basic 3-minute model, then showing how a few extra balloons can really make it look amazing.

Next Rob will share his collection of smaller line work ships including another pirate ship, a cruise ship and the Titanic.

Rob will then show how he makes a classic sailing yacht and show how you can adapt all of the ships so they can sail on water, it sounds easy to make a balloon boat float but with the addition of real wind and waves they will usually capsize or blow away. Rob will show you easy ways to make your balloons remain upright and stay sailing, or as we Brits might say, keep it Shipshape and Bristol fashion

Wednesday Schedule July 25, 2018

9-10:30 AM Jan-Brilliant Balloon Decor/Pat Begging twisting jam room/JJ Szabo Flash Class Jam room

10:30-11:45 AM Noon Gergo Jaw Columns

11:45 AM-1 PM Lunch

1-2 PM Cody Greatest Hits 2

2-3 PM Brian Construction 2

3-4 PM Ed Line work

4-5 PM Cody Holiday

5:15-5:30 PM Break

5:30-6:30 PM Nao Pluto

6:30-8 PM Dinner

8-9:30 Wakaya Party

9:30 PM Hair Band Competition Timed 30 Minutes

11 PM Jam room closed

Schedule Monday July 23, 2018

9 AM Set up Decor Builds with Blanca & Jan (Like a hands on class)

10:30 AM Teacher/Vendor Meeting

11:30 AM Registration Desk Open

1-2 PM Pre Class with Diana-Butterfly

2-3 PM Opening Ceremony "Party All The Time" Theme for 2018/Meet your Teachers/Vendors

3-4 PM P.E.B.A. Presentation Chrystal/Ray Stewart

4-5 PM Diva Balloon Show Class

5-6:30 Gergo- Cute Little Characters 

6:30-7:30 Dinner    (Time may change) Jam room Closed for the night on this Day/Registration Desk Closed

7:30-9 PM Magic Pill  (Time may change) 

9:30 -11 PM Entertaining with Balloons and Theme "Party All The Time" Mystery Location-Voting

Rob Driscoll Sponsored by The Bling Bling Jam 2019 -Magic with Balloons Class 1

Rob has performed as a magician for over 25 years and has created several magic effects that feature balloons. In this talk rob will share 2 of these magic effects.

Once in a Minion is a magic effect that has been around 10 years in the making, Rob will run through the effect, then Rob will explain everything that is involved in making this effect happen, the secret to make the trick work and how to make the balloons involved. Rob will also share some tips and tricks to make the effect work better AND he will share some alternative versions.

The second effect is Called Animal Spaghetti, this is an animal based magic effect which appears to go wrong and everything becomes a big mess, however it all works out at the conclusion of the trick with a very whacky ending and some very strange and unusual animals. Rob will share the secret of the effect and run through the balloon animals involved.

Rob will also provide everyone with access to ALL the printable artwork involved in making these effects work.

Balloon Couture Master Class Debbie Stevens Sponsored by Bling Bling Jam

This is an intensive workshop for intermediate to advanced twisters who have never designed or made a dress before.  We will begin learning and perfecting the basic weave, transforming that weave onto a dress form. Learning how to make your dress unique and stand out from other designs.  All while learning tips and techniques to make designing your dress easier.

As a group we will design and make a dress in the class.  You will have hands on training as you get you started on the road to balloon dress design.

Balloon dresses can be made for more than fashion shows, Debbie will give you ideas as to how balloon dresses can increase your business.  Balloon dresses offer that WOW Factor for clients that are looking something new and exciting.

Debbie Stevens Class 2 Sponsored by The Bling Bling Jam 2019

Animal Bracelets that adults and children love!!!

These adorable animal bracelets are so cute not only will the children want them, but the adults will want them for themselves too. So whether you are performing at a corporate adult event or a children’s event, these designs will impress them all.  After all bracelets are perfect for children cause they won’t drag them on the ground and adults love them cause they are small, adorable and make them feel like a kid again!!!

Top Dog Challenge

1 Enter in all competitions except Dirty Balloons.  To Become the Top Dog you must enter into The Hair Band and Talent show. Plus if you choose to do a large build you must do a small and medium, but than you do not have to make a dress or costume. If you make a dress or costume you must make a small and Medium in the Blinged out Competition. You may enter in all and more than once! if you do - you have more chances to win top dog title and the $1,500 dollars and or up to $5,500. Yes 1099 issued and check/Paypal (Fee's may apply)

2 You must be full registered to win (Meaning for the whole convention and paid) Not a one day pass.

3 You must not ask people to vote for you

4 You will win the $1,500 and a free registration to the Bling Bling Jam 2019. You may not transfer it and - if you win any other competition- 

5 You may have a chance to have a teaching spot at the 2019 Bling Bling Jam/ depending on what you can teach.

Arla Alvers Fairfax, Va Sponsored by Bling Bling Jam 2019

Class 1 Marketing.

​So you want to make more money doing what you love?


Practical tips to boost your confidence, raise your prices without losing money.  We’ll talk about donating services and how to not “lose the farm”.  We’ll also talk about websites.  And then about how to get more gigs. 

Patricia Bunnell Sponsored by Betallic Balloons Class 1

Fast and Fabulous
Line work can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be! These quick designs are a crowd pleaser but better than that…the event organizer will LoVe you for them! 
1. Reindeer
4. Turtle
5. Dinosaur

Hair Band Competition Wednesday Night

1 Must be registered for the whole event 1st, 2nd and 3rd judged and 1 People's Choice!

2 Must be made by you only

3 30 Minutes timed in the jam room with the theme "Party All The Time" (All balloons)

4 May be air or not - you may add bling (Sponsored by All American Balloons)

5 You may not ask folks to vote for yours

6 Peoples choice and Judged

7 Top dog must enter in this to qualify 

Arla Alvers Class 2 Face Painting​​

How to make this face better -  This class is a non-painting class, but will have even the intermediate face painter going “oh, why didn’t I think of that myself”.  Arla will go through a series of “facial rules”, etc. that will show ordinary faces, then concentrate on how to make those usual faces that you do at a regular job better and more appealing to all.  At the end of class we’ll discuss phenomenal faces and why those are appealing as well.  Something for every level painter. 

Rob Driscoll How to Twist your Dragon class 3

Rob is well known for his movie themed balloons and in this session Rob will share one of his most requested designs, Toothless the Dragon from the ‘How to Train your Dragon’ movies.

You will first learn the unique head design and see how it can be applied to create various different animals including snakes and frogs. Rob will then show how the head design can be used to make several different versions of Toothless the Dragon, starting with the simple version and then moving on to the sitting, standing and flying designs.

Patricia Bunnel Class 2

Wrist Critters  Class 3 Parents AND kids love these bracelets! Kids let their imagination soar with these wearables and parents are happy its one LESS thing they have to haul around! These bracelets are adorable and super fast!
1. Bunny
2. Hello Kitten
3. TMN Turtle
4. E.L.M.O
5. Reindeer
7. Hippo

Patricia Bunnell Precious Class 4
So CuTe and…Precious are the things that people have said about these designs. Another crowd pleaser for Line Work! If you have struggled to make a quick and easy Panda…this one will make you shine! You will get asked for DOZENS of them! 
1. Bare Naked Baby
Ginger Bread man
Snow man/ woman
2. Teddy Bear
3. Fox
4. Bunny
5. Penguin

Thursday Schedule July 26, 2018 

​9-10:30 AM Blanca Splash Mermaids/Pat Beggining Twisting/Face painting/JJ Szabo Flash Class in Jam room

10:30-12 Noon Gergo Wearables

12-1 Lunch/You may start over to Zappo's/Truck

1-2 Cody Super Schtick

2 PM Jam room closed/Zappo's 

2:15 Zappo's Truck to Pick up Balloons for Competitions (Balloons only not people due to Liability) No video/Pics unless part of Crew of Bling! (We are not responsible for balloons breaking during transportation etc. It's your responsibility to get there. As you can not travel with your dress due to liability with the Van.

Everyone's on their own to walk or take an Uber

3:30 Dry Run Walk Zappo's 

5:30 Balloon Couture/Costume show and contest

Dinner than Back to Nugget

9 PM Awards/Cash Prizes/Raffles Golden Nugget

Jam room opened and closed at 11 PM

Bling Bling Jam Thursday July 26, 2018 (Subject to change)

Private classes on Friday with anyone who is fully registered for the Bling Bling Jam (Folks are responsible for finding a spot and will be allowed to post at the convention and more

Bling Bling Best of Vegas Blinged out balloon rules

1 You must be registered for the whole convention (Meaning not a day pass/must pay for the whole 5 days to win)

2 Your Balloon needs to be on the voting table by 6 PM on Tuesday July 24, 2018

3 You must not tell everyone to vote for you

4 Your Balloon must have some Bling on it (google eyes, feathers, stars, glitter, stickers, gems etc/or things that represent bling bling! Money, our logo , rap etc.

5 One person will win the title of Best of Las Vegas Balloon Bling (Announced on Thursday Night) (First, second, third. People's choice in each) Large first place only $1,0000 voted by judges sponsored by Zappo's

6 Must be made with the theme 'Party All The Time" What that means to you? The song, the movie or other! (Any balloons are for the theme/as they are balloons-we use them at all parties)

7 Let's have fun 

8 You may make it during classes in the jam room

9 First, Second and Third judge-people's choice.

1​0 Top Dog Challenge:

You must enter into all of the following Mandatory Competitions:
Hairband Competition
Talent Show
Small Competition
Medium Competition

As well as:

ONE of the Following competitions:
Dress Competition
Costume Competition
Large Competition

You may enter into all or more than once.  If you doŠ. You have more
chances to win Top Dog!!

13. If you choose to create a large build and are going for the Top Dog award you do not have to enter into the fashion show/Costume/ however you still can/ Large build must be Min 4x4x5 and max 10x10x10 /Medium 36 x 36 x 36 inches, Small 12 x 12 x 12 inches.-You may have help building it, but one person will be the person who wins this competition or Top Dog. Everyone, must tell us at registration that they would like to enter.

14. In order to qualify for top dog it must be made with the theme (All balloons)/Others may enter and may place but will be dis-qualified for top dog if it is not in the theme. 

Patricia Bunnell Wrist Critters Advnaced Class 3

More fast wearables that kids and parents LoVe! These creations are a spinoff from the Wrist Critters class. A little more advanced but not too much! Easy and fast enough for LINE WORK!
1. Cat
2. Pig
3. Frog
4. Koi
5. Dolphin
5. Plane
6. Peekachoo

Rob Driscoll Class 2

Rob Driscoll Line Work Balloons

Rob has been twisting balloons for over 25 years and a large portion of his twisting is of the line work variety. Rob is also a resident balloon artist at several tourist attractions in his home town and regularly busks locally too.

Rob shares his 26 years of balloon twisting experience, both in line work and balloon busking with a combination of simple quick and easy designs and some more difficult ones too.

In this session you will learn many of Robs hit designs, learn how to develop them into alternative designs using various tips and tricks, and then see how Rob finishes them off to make them wearable on a wrist or headband.

With everything from Dinosaurs, Dragons, Bats, Reindeer, Paw Patrol characters, trains. rabbits, rabbits in hats, Flamingos, plus Rob will share his simple method of creating ANY breed of dog, there will be something here to please everyone.

​Friday Schedule July 27, 2018

​9-10 AM Jan Clever Classic Decor/Patrick Into to balloon twisting Jam room/JJ Szabo Flash Classes in Jam Room

​10-11 AM Diva Justice League Costumes

​11-12 Noon Ed Sports/Jam room closes

More Raffles/Clean u​p/Surprise! 

​Private classes-Everyone Must find their own location/clean up if needed!

Bling Bling Jam Balloon Couture & Costume-Both different Contests!  Rules Below!

1 You must be registered for the whole event

2 Your balloon Must be mostly air filled

3 You may make it with a team. One person wins!

4 It must be a dress  (Does not have to have the theme) Just all G rated and we have the right to leave it out if not acceptable.

5 Add bling if you choose! 

6 You may make it during the jam

7 Be ready with your model for Thursday at Zappos by 2 PM , As we will start no later than 5:30 PM. (Balloon truck to arrive around 2 PM sponsored by Zappo's- you will load your balloons and meet them at Zappo's It is your responsibility to get to and from Zappos/your Models. No video allowed at Zappos, unless your from Zappos or The Bling Bling Jam Staff only! (If your balloons are placed in the truck and pop The Bling Bling Jam/Zappo's is not responsible) 

8 You must not ask folks for votes for you!

9 Winner we be revealed around 9 PM on Thursday night July 27, 2018 back at The Golden Nugget.

10 Judged First, second and third and one People' choice on Dress and one on Costume.

11. Even if you make a large build for top dog, you may enter and you can earn more points towards top dog

12. Voting all done as a jury from folks from the art industry/fashion and balloons.

Entertain with balloons using the theme "Party All The Time"  What does that mean to you? It could be from the song, the movie or just the statement. It does not have to be G rated ( we are at a bar this year) and no more than 10 minutes long. You may sing, act, have others involved. Just be creative. You must use balloons in your skit! There will be 1st 2nd and third winners judged- and one people's choice. If you would like to compete for the title of TOP DOG 2018 and win the $1,500 in cash prize sponsored by Zappo's. You must enter this competition - if you think you have what it takes to be the best well rounded balloon artist! Remember, everyone who enters is a winner at Bling! 

You must be registered for the whole event and do not ask anyone to vote for you! This will be held at a mystery location on Monday night 9 PM-11 PM

​​​Schedule Tuesday July 24, 2018

​8:45 Announcements/Reg Desk Open/Jam room Open

​9-10:30 AM Blanca Strike a Pose Balloon Decor/Patrick Jam room Intro to balloon twisting/JJ Szabo Flash Class Intermediate/Advance twisting in Jam room

​10:30-11:45 AM Gergo- Magic Props

11:45-1:00 PM Lunch

​1-2 PM Ed Party Animal

2-3 PM Nao Rabbit/Cat Mask

​3-4 Cody Greatest Hits 1

​4-5 Brian Construction

​5:15-5:30 Break

​5:30-6:30 Ed Line work 1

​6:30-8 PM Dinner/Entries For Blinged out -Due at 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

8-9:30 PM Blinged out Voting 

​9:30-11 Jam with Ed Qualatex

​11 PM Jam room closed