I’ve had numerous people tell me over the years that making hoops is easy, so let’s shed a little light on the processes of making beautiful, long lasting hoops with these 9 things you didn’t know about making hula hoops.
- The joins inside our beginner hoops are aluminium piping. These joins are permanent and can withstand some pretty severe bashing and pulling. This type of join ensures your hoop will last for years.
- Stripping hula hoops of their old and damaged tape is very labour intensive and the glue left over is often near impossible to remove. Rather get yourself a new hoop and hand out your old one for newbies to play with.
- These little pins are sprung steel and make your hoop collapsible. They come in various sizes for different pipe thicknesses and are imported from the United States in small batches for our hula hoops.
- Polypro hoops are light weight, firm and flexible hoops made in a huge variety of solid colours. The piping isn’t made in South Africa so is imported from the United States. Polypro, as cool as the name may sound, is just a shortened version of Polypropylene (PP), a common plastic.
- Our beginner hula hoops are made with a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping, a very commonly used and completely recyclable plastic.
- The HDPE piping is manufactured using high pressure air to get the right specifications. It is then immediately coiled while cooling into 100 meter coils. This means that when making hoops, the finished hoop is rarely perfectly circular and even.
- It is global practice in hoop making to use pop rivets to permanently secure the join to the hoop pipe. Once the hoop is taped, the rivets are hardly noticeable. Check your hoop for two little bumps under the tape.
- Shiny, sparkly and colour shift tapes are made by layering different films or prints on top of one another. Generally the more colourful the tape, the more layers it will have so the thicker and heavier it will be. This makes a difference to the overall weight of your hoop.
- The thickness and width of the tape make a big difference when taping (wrapping) your hula hoop; the thicker the tape, the harder it is to maintain the same angle to avoid creases and kinks in the taped hoop. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to check our in stock tapes.
Let us know if you are INTERESTED IN A HOOP MAKING WORKSHOP and we’ll contact you if we have enough people keen to learn.