Here you will find everything you need to know about how to make hoops for adults and children, dance hoops, travel hoops, collapsible and LED hoops.
Making Hoops Here are six simple steps and supplies you will need:
1. Buy Tubing Flexible PVC pipe or tubing, found in plumbing departments of large hardware stores. Most large stores offer coils of 100 feet. You can make approx 8-10 hoops from one coil. The size and weight of the tubing is covered below. All countries do not have the same size and numbering system for flexible piping. This information covers supplies available withing the U.S. In addition to flexible piping, you will also need to buy, connectors and tape.
2. Measure and Cut Measure and cut the tubing with a pipe cutter (shown in the photo above or use another sharp instrument the store recommends)
3. Heat Heat one end of the pipe at a time with boiling water as seen in the photo on the left, or use a portable hair dryer to heat each end. If you use water, dip the end of the pipe into the boiling water for 30-60 seconds. If you use a portable hair dryer, hold the dryer on full heat close to the end of the connector for 30- 60 seconds. The air should blow inside the pipe. This will soften the end of the pipe enough to slip the connector. inside the pipe. Beware not to melt the end of the pipe by holding the dryer too close to the end of the pipe.
4. Add Connector Insert a plastic connector into one end of the pipe at a time, (the connector must be the same size as the pipe 3/4 or 1/2 in) then heat and connect the other end until the ends of the pipe meet together.
5. Cover Connector Cover the connection with black electrical tape by cutting one small 3 inch piece of tape to wrap around the connection point. This is just to cover the connecting point with black tape, the same color as the black pipe.
6. Tape Tape the hoop with gaffers tape of multiple colors. Many people use two types of tape, one that is cloth, for the hoop to have better grip, and one glitter or shiny tape sold at online stores such as identi tape, see link below for detailed video instructions. Always use the cloth tape last.
Congratulations! You Now Have A New Hoop.
See below for further pipe/tubing and tape details:
Bling Versus Cloth Tape The shiny tape is less forgiving and will not stretch to cover minor spacing errors made with the shiny tape. Cloth tape will stretch therefore should always be place on the hoop last, to stretch around any spacing inconsistencies from the shiny tape.
Add Friction To The Hoop Some people prefer sanding the pipe with sandpaper to make the surface rough rather than use tape. Shiny hoops slide on the body, cloth tape clings to the body and clothes better than shiny tape. Sanded or a mix of shiny and cloth taped hoops stick to your clothing and skin better than taping with only shiny tape.
Tubing Size To Purchase For more detailed information, visit this How-to-site. Different countries may vary the type of piping. Your local hardware warehouse store should be able to direct you to a comparable product. To make large adult hoops in the U.S. start with 160 psi (pounds per square inch), 3/4 inch. To find the 160 psi, visit this website and enter this SKU 424419; for the lighter 100 psi pipe, enter SKU 424464 in the search feature.
Plumbing Pipe Coils: Order all hoop supplies and pipe by the foot here
3/4 inch, 160 psi X 100 foot coil, for large adult hoops
3/4 inch, 100 psi X 100 foot coil for lighter hoops
1/2 inch, 125 psi X 100 foot coil for even lighter hoops
3/4 inch, plastic connector for both 160 and 100 psi
1/2 inch, plastic connector for the 1/2 inch piping
Three additional steps to making figure 8 folding hoops.
Using a slightly larger connector called a "Lasco 3/4" plastic connector (Photo A left connector). This larger connector has plastic noduels that need to be sanded down in the middle before inserting. For best results use an electric sander or drill with a sander insert to sand the center smooth.
Cutting the circle in half (Photo B).
Adding a 3/4 inch O ring to the connector (Photo C). This will fill the space between the connection when the hoop is folded, first into a figure 8, then in half, as demonstrated in the collapsible hoop photos above on the right.
Note: Do not tape black tape over the connections. The connections need to turn when you fold the hoop.