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Topic: Hula Hoops for a stoned day in the park!  (Read 12597 times)
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« on: April 23, 2005 07:43:02 PM »

I could never hula hoop when I was a little girl, but now that I'm more mature, a little wiser, and a tad more experienced with my hips  Wink.  I have decided to reclaim my youth.  Hooping is entrancing and sensual, as it brings you in touch with your body and how your body interacts with the space around you.

I suggest swinging your hips on over to San Francisco, head on down to Golden Gate Park, follow the sounds of the drum circle and you'll find yourself on a sunny Sunday on Hippie Hill, trust me nothing is better.  People watching, barefoot in the grass, and hooping.  Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose.

With all that said and done - I made these! 
*Irrigation poly-tubing - 1 in. 160 psi.
(I've found any other specs just don't hold form and are not sturdy. )
*1 in. connectors (should be in same area as tube @ store)(usually grey)
*Gaffer and Vinyl tape  (Identi-tape.com AWESOME)
*PVC pipe cutters
*some type of heating device (I used my gas stove)

Formed hoop should stand between your bellybutton and chest.  When you've cut the right size, connect the two ends with none other that the connector.  What I do is try to fit it in as much as I can without heat so I have a somewhat stable hold.  I turn my stove to Medium High and hold the ends about 10 inches from the flame for 10 second intervals squeezing ends closer each time.  BE CAREFUL TUBE WILL MELT AND IT STINKS.  (plus it can't give off healthy fumes). Once the two ends are connected and the connector is no longer visible, heat the seam for a bit to meld the two ends together.

Now all you've got to do is decorate.  That's up to you crafty dazzlers.



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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2005 10:08:12 PM »

I stumbled upon 'hooping' awhile ago, but then lost all of my bookmarks! Thankyou for reminding me about and the great tutorial! I am so saving this for July, when my family moves into our house, instead of working on it all the time;p

Plus I love the way that you decorated them, like a maypole;p
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2005 10:48:18 AM »

I've always wanted to hula hoop, but I don't know if there's somethign wrong with the shape of my hips or something, but I can not do it at all!  I'm 19 and i've been trying since I was just a wee child to do it, but I'm just awful. 

Looking at all your pretty hula hoops makes me 7 and jealous of all the other kids all over again
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2005 11:24:44 AM »

I've always wanted to hula hoop, but I don't know if there's somethign wrong with the shape of my hips or something, but I can not do it at all!  I'm 19 and i've been trying since I was just a wee child to do it, but I'm just awful. 

Looking at all your pretty hula hoops makes me 7 and jealous of all the other kids all over again

I share your pain too.  I just cant do it
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2005 11:53:12 AM »

very nice.  I wish I wasn't too self conscience to hola hoop.

I must say, the times I've recently tried to hola hoop (with kids), it was a ton easier than I remembered!  the hips really help.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2005 05:20:14 PM »

I used Gaffer's tape and a Vinyl tape, I got the tape at Identi-tape.com, they are a supporter of hoop makers, based in Oregon.

The bigger the hoop the easier it is, an adult hooping with a kids hoop is tricky for a freshy, they are also slighty weighted which makes for a good core excercise.
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2005 09:42:14 AM »

I've always wanted to hula hoop, but I don't know if there's somethign wrong with the shape of my hips or something, but I can not do it at all!  I'm 19 and i've been trying since I was just a wee child to do it, but I'm just awful. 

Looking at all your pretty hula hoops makes me 7 and jealous of all the other kids all over again

I hear you!  Ive always wanted to hula hoop but never been able to!  Your hula hoops look really fun colours and great  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2005 11:45:46 AM »

I used to love hula hoops when I was younger. These look great and very funky  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2005 04:23:33 PM »

Wow. That is really fantastic, and I love the designs on yours. Is that duct tape?very original. Great job.
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2005 04:16:12 PM »

adorable. I love the designs! I have to try that NOW!
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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2005 09:10:22 PM »

nifty hula tip: por a cup or two of sand into the hoop before you close it up to add some extra weight......makes for a GREAT workout. and its mad fun to boot Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2005 10:07:07 PM »

i'm horrible at hula hooping, i don't know why. But yours are super colorful, they are probably mezmerizing while in use!!
^_^ have fun in the park!
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2005 12:00:07 AM »

every one on here wanting to hula hoop
NEEDS to get up and do it.
the larger they are, the easier they are for someone that might be hula-impaired, and its just great fun!
it makes you feel young again. i am over 200lbs, and have NO problem keeping it going and loving it!!

thanks for posting intructions on how to make one, i sent it on to a friend.
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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2005 09:51:51 AM »

i saw hula hoops and thought crisps maybe im hungry
anyway they are nicelet
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2005 06:16:07 PM »

I have a feeling that I can't do it because I'm a big girl... I blame it on the "contacted skin area to hoop circumference" ratio.

Either that, or I suck.

My favorite is the white, pink, and turquoise!
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« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2005 12:23:23 AM »

i too am a large chica, and i have NO ass and no hips..even HARDER to keep it up..so you need a larger one that is heavy!!

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« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2005 08:36:14 AM »

Hmmmm....I wonder if I can make one out of that old water hose in the garage...  Ooooh snakeskin!  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2005 02:32:41 PM »

I remember not being able to hula hoop, now I can do it for half an hour or more without having it fall.  For those of you who are having trouble, I remember my first hula hoop was the weird weighted kind with water or something inside.  It helped with balance.  Once you get the hang of it you'll never forget how.
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« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2005 11:40:28 PM »

You know what? I just put hula hoop on my birthday wishlist! Now I can make one (or two or three) myself. Yours are so pretty, very bright. Do you think using a barbecue would work for a heat source? We don't have a gas stove and I doubt my parents would like the fumes (they were too happy when I dyed my wool in the kitchen, fruity vinegar Tongue).

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« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2005 07:45:11 AM »

i have a store-bought hoop and those little balls inside do nothing for weight. can i force the thing open and add something? if so, what?
and i want to decorate mine, but not really with tape i don't think. any other ideas?
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« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2005 08:54:19 AM »

Oh man, I remember hooping with the hippies & climbers at Camp 4 in Yosemite. Good times, good times.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2007 06:50:33 PM »

your hoops are really beautiful...i love the colors!!  i've been making hoops for a couple of years now..i find its easier to use a hair dryer on high heat rather than the stove...keep hoopin it up!!
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« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2007 08:30:21 PM »

*laughing at stoned hula hooping*  Get into the groove, baby! Creative to make your own, and your decorations are fantastic.  heh heh...maybe even Plastic Fantastic! Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2007 08:37:35 AM »

I was looking around at hoop sites on the web and one site said you could hold a hair dryier real close for around 10 minutes (instead of heating on the stove) before you connect and then connect quickly before it cools down.

I am really tempted to give this a try - but I am not sure if I have room to hoop.  I live in a condo.  How can I tell if I have enough space?  How much space to you need?

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« Reply #24 on: May 09, 2007 07:21:31 PM »

you will find room to hoop once you make one (or a bunch)..put the coffee table on the couch...move the plant to the bed..you get the idea..and once its nice enough out..put some music on and get your dance on within your hoop
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« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2007 03:22:56 PM »

I hoop on the sidewalk outside my house......the kids down the street think it's hilarious to watch a 20something hooping like a 5 year old.  Smiley  I weight mine with water...and have 3 of various sizes....good for tricks!!  That is, if I actually happen to be hooping in pants.  woo!
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« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2007 06:05:35 AM »

Very cool. I have a boring blue hula hoop from back in the day. Some tips for those who can't hula: Don't move your hips in huge circles. Focus on the center and let the centripetal force do the rest.
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« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2007 08:30:14 AM »

Nice hoops!  The patterns and colors ROCK!
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« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2008 10:23:28 AM »

A little tip if you're planning on making your own hoop: If you use gaft tape on the outer edges (not just electrical tape) then the hoop will stick much better to your body, and it's also a lot better for beginners.
Just a little FYI. =)

Also, if you're looking for a place to buy pretty tapes to decorate your hoop, www.identi-tape.com is great.

Happy hooping!
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At LAST! Instructions! Thank you thank you
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« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2008 05:46:55 AM »

This website http://www.jasonunbound.com/hoops.html seems to be the site that everyone refers to when making their own hoops. This is the site I am going to use too! I can't wait to get started!

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« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2008 05:49:30 PM »

Try a hoop with water in it! seriously makes thing much easier hips or no hips. also bigger thicker hoops seem to help as well
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« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2008 09:00:15 AM »

That's great!!! I got into hooping about a year ago - then became preggo with baby number 3 and had to put it aside for awhile - I should definitely bring it out again!!! Here are pics of me with mine - I didn't have any fancy tape - so I used coloured hockey tape for the background - gives good grip and then coloured electrical tape for the foreground design. I really envy yours however - great job!!!!





Besides a hula hoop makes you look young - seriously these pictures make me look like I'm twelve - LOL
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