I'm hellbent on making a Lady Gaga gyroscope for Halloween.
Obviously, she has access to a whole crew of craft folks and basically unlimited funds, so mine won't be anywhere near as nice. I figure I'll do an over-shoulder harness instead of the balanced-on-hips rig hers has, and I think my hoops might need to be a tubular material rather than flat (I can't find mirrored plexi/acrylic sheets that large, and it would be price-prohibitive and impossible to cut DIY even if I did). Mine will probably be slightly smaller and have a couple fewer hoops.
I'm thinking the hoops will end up being made of some sort of rigid tubing (http://www.jasonunbound.com/hoops.html suggests irrigation tubing). My main concerns there would be weight and whether drilling holes to thread nuts and bolts through the diameters of the tubes to connect them with nuts and bolts might make weak spots. Whatever I use to make it, it'll probably be foil taped to give it the metallic look.
Can anyone think of anything I'm overlooking? Or any boards/sites where I might get better responses? I threw a request up on Etsy Alchemy but I'm not optimistic someone is willing/able to make it well for the $150 I'm willing to spend. So... give me your best ideas for DIY-ing this biatch