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How to make a hula hoop

How To Make A Hula Hoop

In this article we’ll check in on how to create How to make a hula hoop from the comfort of your own home. We promise it’s not too hard

TUBING

MDPE (medium density polyethylene) This tubing is quickly available in any plumbing supply shop or online. it’s best used for beginner hoops thanks to its heavier weight. The colors available are blue, black, and yellow. Tube sizes available are either 20mm OD x 16mm ID or 25mm OD x 20mm ID. The smaller is that the most ordinarily used but the 25mm makes a heavier hoop and holds up well when making oversized hoops. you’ll encounter mention of various psi (pounds per square inch) of tubing. This relates to the wall thickness. However, the 2 sizes mentioned above are standard plumbing pipes which just about covers all requirements for a beginner hoop so there’s no got to complicate things much further.

Polypro (Polypropylene) this is often generally only available online. It comes in clear and also just about any color you would likeit’s lightweight and really responsive. Not ideal for when first learning on-body hooping but absolutely essential for learning off-body moves and flow. Various tube sizes are available but the foremost commonly used are Standard 19mm (3/4″) OD and thin 16mm OD (5/8″)

HDPE (high-density polyethylene) will be purchased online from USA and comes in clear and colored i’m told it performs during a similar thanks to polypro.

CONNECTORS

Connectors are made from either polycarbonate, polypro, pex or barbed plastic. Which is best? It’s personal preference really. For a 20mm MDPE beginner hoop use either pex or a gray barbed connector. For a 25mm MDPE beginner hoop, the 20mm MDPE makes an excellent connector.

For a polypro hoop, you’ll use either polypro or polycarbonate. i prefer a polypro connector once I make a hard and fast connection. And polycarb when making a coil down hoop. But both do an honest job in either sort of hoop. Where one fits perfectly, the opposite might not . Read on…..

Awkward or poorly fitting connector? the very fact is, plastic tube extrusion isn’t precision engineering. this suggests that the slight differences which will occur during the manufacturing process, either on the within diameter of your tubing or the surface diameter of your connector material, or both, can play havoc when trying to form a stunning connection.

Connector Trouble Shooting Tips
Connector won’t enter tubing? Warm the tube (not the connector) in boiling water for a couple of minutes then push the connector in.

Has hoop gone a touch egg shaped? Warm the connector up during a cup of boiling water and straighten it.

Is the connector just not sitting right? Try a special length connector.

 

HOOP SIZE

For an adult size beginner hoop, the overall rule of thumb is to live from your belly button to the bottom to reach the ring diameter. Going bigger than this is often also good because the bigger the ring the better it’s to urge it going and keep it up. A hoop diameter of anything between 90cm to 100cm will suit most adults.

The material used for beginner hoops is typically MDPE tubing thanks to its weight. 20mm is that the standard size used but 25mm may be a good selection for tall or larger stature people.

Polypro hoops are generally smaller in diameter than beginner ones. an honest average size would be around 85cms.

Twin polypro is often smaller again. an honest average size would be around 80cms

To work out the length of tubing needed for a hoop, multiply the diameter you would like by 3.14 (Pi). Eg. 90cm x 3.14 = 282cm

A final note about hoop size, don’t get overly hung abreast of precise hoop sizes if you’re making them for yourself or classes. a couple of centimeters here or there won’t make much difference.

 

FIXED OR COIL DOWN?

A fixed connection is simply that, once the ring is formed, it doesn’t collapse. Great for sophistication and event hoops. The connector is either riveted in, held in by friction or hot glue, and tape. I now rivet all my fixed connection hoops because it makes the foremost secure join.

A coil down hoop is formed by riveting a connector in on one side and adding a push to the opposite. These are great for a private use hoop. These also are mentioned as travel hoops.

Sectional hoops have an equivalent sort of connector because the coil down hoops but break down into between 3, 4, or 5 separate sections. These hoops are the foremost transportable of all.

 

DECORATING & GRIP TAPE

Beginner Hoops – At the very least, you’ll want to feature a spiral or two of grip tape. you’ll also add extra colors by alternating the grip tape with vinyl tape. For a stunning bling hoop, you’ll choose between a myriad of sparkly, mirrored, or color shift tapes. If you’re employing a metallic tape, always add this first, then vinyl, then grip.

Polypro – Coloured polypro is so pretty, you tend to not add any tape. the good thing a few totally naked hoop is that there’s no maintenance. to feature some grip to your naked hoop, take a bit of sandpaper and lightly rub the within the fringe of the ring. For natural translucent polypro, you’ll decorate within the same way as a beginner hoop. you’ll also add a run of grip tape around the inside surface of the ring if you wanted an all sparkle hoop without the spiral effect.

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