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Topic: How to Make Gaga's Gyroscope?  (Read 12877 times)
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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2010 08:40:40 PM »

yeah ive made plenty of hula hoops... the jason unbound tute is really good. if you get thje 160 psi tubing it should hold up pretty good with the nuts and bolts, etc. if you want metallic silver tape you can get it from identi-tape.com. kinda pricey for me, but tape is more expensive than you might think in general... :/

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« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2010 04:26:36 AM »

Paper-mache would be both a cost effective and light-weight option.
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« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2010 06:48:54 AM »

Try plastic hoola hoops that you can buy at the dollar general, spray them with chrome paint.  Then get some fasteners to attach them together.  As for the body harness, see if you can rip something off a cheap haversack from the store as well.

It is no fun walking around with 10 pounds on your shoulder... lightness is key I think.
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2010 08:45:38 AM »

It is no fun walking around with 10 pounds on your shoulder... lightness is key I think.

I just weighed my purse: 13 pounds.  On a single 1/2" strap.  My back and shoulders probably hate me.

Loving all the great ideas from the board.  I'm leaning towards making the hoops from irrigation tubing because it's super-cheap (100 feet for $25, leaving plenty of budget for foil tape from identi-tape.com) and I can make hoops larger than what seems to be out there in terms of pre-made hula hoops.  I'm concerned about foamcore or mache because if even one ring gets bent or cracked, the whole thing will stop moving correctly.

I got an Alchemy bid for $150 to make the rings out of lightweight resin, but they wouldn't be silver, they'd be in 2 pieces each, and it wouldn't include a bodice/harness, so the total cost could top $200.  I have a lovely handy boyfriend who can help with putting the rings together with nuts and bolts so the major remaining problem is the harness.  I'm studying like mad for the LSAT right now but I'll get working on this gyro in earnest come mid-June and will keep Craftster posted!
« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2010 09:22:01 AM »

hey...I was just about to suggest you check into that foil metal tape. seems you already thought of it! y'all know what it is, you just didn't think of it! its that silly stuff people cut strips of and then tape to their garage door windows to look like metal lattice! hah Smiley it's super chrome looking, and you dont get wrinkles like you can with careless handling of tinfoil. but tinfoil IS a good idea, just more fussy and better for larger rather than thinner objects i'd think!

I'm pretty sure I've seen tutorials on here on making hula hoops in custom sizes out of the tube you are talking about, so I'm sure your idea will work out just fine

this is a FANTASTIC project, I love it! I hope it works out, and that you post pictures!
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« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2010 10:52:58 AM »

I didnt read the whole thread, so I apologize if someone said this already...
what about pool noodles? those foam things? they're cheap and you could spray paint them and they wouldnt hurt you or those around you.

« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2010 11:32:46 AM »

First of all - kudos for taking on such an epic Halloween costume.
In terms of support Make did an article on a headless Marie Anoinette costume that used a backpack and pipes to support the body.  Maybe you could do something like that to support the gyroscope.  Here is the link:http://www.nicolemagne.com/blog/category/costumes/headless-2006/

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« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2010 01:41:20 PM »

I would highly advise against using irrigation tubing. I tried to make my own hula hoops last year and it was disastrous.. the tubing was too flimsy and just flopped around instead of staying rigid. See if you can't find a few friends who have old hula hoops that you can just use.

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« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2010 02:07:15 PM »

I just weighed my purse: 13 pounds.  On a single 1/2" strap.  My back and shoulders probably hate me./quote]

LOL what do you put in there? A brick for self defence?

I guess if you distribute the weight over both shoulders it shouldn't be too bad.  Might want to pump some iron in preparation for halloween... and wear Nike Air.
« Reply #29 on: May 06, 2010 03:26:25 PM »

personally i would do the hula hoops idea. hit up every garage sale on a weekend and pick up as many as you can for 50 cents to a dollor each. then 3 dollar spray paint in silver. that way its light weight and not painful if bumped. pvc pipe would work for the attachments to your body

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