I have been making lots of new hoops lately in preparation for the holidays. Some I will be using for gifts and some I won’t. These are the first two in my recent batch, I’m not sure if they will be gifts or not yet, but here they are:
This one is made with blue vinyl tape and neon green 1 in. gaffer tape. Both this hoop and the purple/white one are made with 3/4 inch. 100 PSI tubing.
This one is made with purple duct tape, purple vinyl tape (the lighter/pinkish purple), and white vinyl tape. I made sure to put the duct tape on first because the sides tend to get stringy and aren’t very smooth so I wanted to cover that up with the other tapes. I like this one the best out of the two. I like to call it my Very Berry hoop 🙂
I finished my fourth homemade hoop last week. I made it as a gift to my little sister, Brooke, who left for college at SUNY Cortland this past weekend. Even though she is not a hooper (yet!), I had the idea to make her a hoop after searching online a few weeks ago. While surfing the net for fun hula stuff I found the SUNY Cortland Hula Hooping Club! How cool! I wish Oswego had such a thing while I was there! Although that was before I was introduced to hooping so chances are I wouldn’t have really known about it anyway being busy with all the sorority shizz. ANYWAY I found this cute girly skull tape that I made the hoop with. It was a little thinner than I would have liked it to be, but it worked for the most part.
The thing I realized when using decorative tape though is that it doesn’t stick to the hoop as well as the gaffer or vinyl tape does. It doesn’t go on as smooth. I didn’t have any problem with the blue sparkly tape I used, but the skull tape did NOT go on easily at all. I had been told I may have this problem and that it would be better to use the vinyl tape to hold the edges of the decorative tape on which I tried to do. The biggest problem I had was that the first tape I put on, the blue sparkle tape, was not as even as I thought it was so the empty space for the other tape was not the same the whole way around. So I had to go back through after I was done with the 4 layers and patch up some spots that were not sticking so that the tape won’t snag her while she’s hooping. What a pain this was! Although it was a little frustrating to make it came out looking pretty good!
Now I just have to figure out how to take nicer pictures. I guess I shouldn’t have dropped photo class back in high school!
Peace & Hooping
Since it has been soooo freakin’ rainy lately I have not been able to get some good hooping time in. There is no real big space in our house to do it inside so I’ve been anxiously waiting for this stupid rain to stop. BUT my hoop tape FINALLY came in the mail yesterday!! And I finally got Marky to help me out with his fire torching skills to put my hoops together before I tape them. I could probably do it myself but the fire thing scares me a little and I trust him to do it better and safer than I would.
I didn’t want to screw up my first one and ruin my cute bunny tape I got so I used my new neon gaffer tape to make the first one. It has been months since I taped my last hoop so I was a little rusty. Here are a couple pics of my new and very BRIGHT (for now anyway) new hoop!
Yay! Can’t wait to play with it! Rain, rain go away!
With the launch of the new hooping.org I have found inspiration to start a blog that will chronicle my hooping journey. Although I started hooping with an adult size hoop about a year ago, only recently have a started getting more serious about it. I have started taking a Hula Fit class twice a week (on vaca this week, thank god, it’s been 95 degrees every day!) which is more of a work out class than a hoop dance class. I have learned a couple new tricks though, like the revolving door and realized I can hoop while on my knees (I am on my knees, not hooping on my knees).
Since it has been so hot out the last few days I haven’t been hooping at all. Hopefully it will cool off a little in the next hour or so seeing as how it’s dark now so I can get in a little time with my fuzzy hoop!
So today after browsing the new hooping.org I started searching for decorative hoop tapes. I need to make myself a new hoop because mine is too small. I realized this after using the hoops in my Hula Fit class. I need one that is bigger so I can learn new moves more easily. Also, I think I am too tall for the size of it. Imagine that, ME, too TALL? hehe Anyway, aside from identi-tape.com which has been recommended by a lot of people on Hoopcity, I found some really cute tape on this site:http://www.modes4u.com/en/ just doing a Google search. I hope it will work. I think I’m going to order a few rolls anyway since it’s pretty cheap compared to other tapes. I’m thinking about getting a couple for possible future hoop gifts, but I want this one for myself cuz I love the cute little bunnies! (SUPRISE)
I do wish the bunnies were smiling though, why so sad?
OK off to spend some money and hang out with my REAL bunny bun.