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drmolarmagic
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Hi everyone,
So I've always had a problem when I forget to take the sponge balls out of my case or bag far a few days and I rush to my next performance and they look like they've been beaten up, wrinkled and squashed etc. It take a few minutes to futz with them to get them to spring back and look lively. So I came up with this very simple solution for my problem (boy these should be out biggest problems...right) I went and got a few hair curler tubes, and taped 2 together,then one piece of back to back tape across the bottom. Now the sponge balls stay in the correct shape and nice and springy! when they are taken out for the performance. I tried TP tubes but the cardboard got crushed easily and didn't help, the plastic is nice and the holes allow air to circulate so nothing dries out. This is also good to hold them when they are still a bit damp after cleaning them. Yes! I've invented the Plastic Tube!!!!
Bruce

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Bill Hegbli
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Good idea, thanks, but I stopped using curlers years ago, baldness set in. Smile

If you use the Super Soft sponge balls, all you need to do is wet the balls and squeeze them out they expand to like new round and fluffy.

Your right though, they take up to much room to carry to shows.
Ihop
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I wet the sponge balls and place them in a ziplock bag..
I then flatten the bag with a book or any flat object and then close the zip loc.
The balls remain nice and flat until you need them.
When you open the bag, the balls spring back to life.
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drmolarmagic
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Ihop,
do you try to remove the air from the bag or just close it while they are flat, I'm going to try that....
Thx
Bruce
Ihop
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Drmolarmagic,
I put the wet sponge balls in a ziplock bag.
I flatten the bag and the sponge balls which squeezes out the air and close the bag while it is flat.
It remains flat and the balls remain wet.
Make sure you get a good bag that doesn’t let the air back in.
Ihor
Xcath1
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Cool idea
micwize
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Good idea, thanks for sharing
wwhokie1
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I use racquetball containers. They are small enough to not take up too much space, but they also provide great protection from smashing.
RobertApodaca
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I use the Goshman box they come in to be honest. Or just a ziplock bag....you can't really damage them.
k13pt0maniac
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I've been putting my sponge balls in a Q-Tip travel case, which is about the size of a deck of cards. Which can be picked up online or in the travel section of a store like Walmart or target.

Picture here: https://tinyurl.com/3ep49eww

It keeps my travel case organized and when I want to use them, I simple run them under the tap and remove the excess water by squeezing them and then pat dry with a small wash cloth. If you're going some where that you think you want have access to a faucet. A bottle of water in a cup would be the same thing. I wouldn't want to keep the sponge balls wet in a bag to avoid the chance of them obtaining a smell of dampness.
-Abe a.k.a. C3rb3rus
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Gwydeon Lichtertanz
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At the moment I carry mine in one of these snap bags:

https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B0839G5......F8&psc=1

They are also perfect for my C&B mini-baseballs

Did anyone had have problems of getting them moldy already?
Especially because they wander through many hands and fetching germs and other nasty stuff attached to most hands....
I know how fantastic light damp sponge balls are, but stashed in a vacuum bag, don´t they turn to life by time and try to run away?
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