Let’s talk about tubing types most
commonly used for making hoops. The three most common tubing types in the hoop
making industry are polypro, HDPE and polyethylene. The polypropylene type “polypro” is
bouncy and responsive, less pliable and slightly stiffer than HDPE. It is clear
in its natural form. One downfall with polypro is that it can crack and break
more easily in cold weather, usually temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
HDPE is great for thinner and lighter beginner hoops and more advanced hoops
alike. It is a little heavier than polypro and slightly softer to the touch, but
it is more robust and reliable when it comes to breakages as it doesn’t react
to the cold the same way polypro does. It’s milky white in its natural form. Now
let’s talk about polyethylene tubing. Every size of polyethylene tubing that can
be found also comes in many different PSIs,
which is pressure per square inch. It usually varies from 80 PSI to 200 PSI.
The higher the PSI the heavier the tubing will be, so therefore tubing that
is only 80 PSI will be much lighter than 200 PSI. To make sure to find a PSI
that is comfortable for you and your desired customers for instance you may
want a higher PSI. For example, if you are making workout hoops that are
primarily meant for waist hooping for general beginner hoops the most-used PSI
varies from 80 to 100 PSI. Typically for polyethylene tubing an important note is
that is measured differently than polypro and HDPE tubing. The size of the
tubing refers to the inner diameter of the tube while polypro and HDPE sizes
refer to the outer diameter of the tube hoop tubing comes in many different
sizes and here is some of the terminology that we will be using in our
videos with any tube outer diameter is the outside of the tube an inner
diameter is the inside of the tube these diameters matter when working with sizes
of hoop – a 3/8 inch tube is about the size of a pencil and this tubing is
primarily utilized for insert material for 1/2 inch tubing it can be found in
HDPE and poly probe or hoop making a 1/2 inch tube is about the size of a pinky
finger and while primarily used for insert material for 5/8 inch tubing it
can also be used to craft thin hula hoops it can be especially useful for
small juggling hoops and our specialty props the slinky hood it can be found in
HDPE and polypro for who a 5/8 inch tube is comparable to a thumb
or nickel and remains one of the most popular sizes for making pillows it can
also be used as insert material for 3/4 inch tubing and can be found in HDPE and
polypropylene an 1116 size tubing is slightly larger in outer diameter than
5/8 inch tubing but slightly less in diameter than 3/4 inch tube we make this
tubing with a thicker wall therefore it is heavier and sturdier than 5/8 inch
tubing we recommend Polycarp inserts and the size you will use is 1/2 inch the
inner diameter is 1/2 inch for this tube we refer to this tubing as Goldilocks
because it’s not too big and not too small it’s just right a 3/4 inch tube is
comparable to a quarters this tubing is also one of the most popular sizes for
crafting hoops it can be used as an insert material for 7/8 inch tubing and
can be regularly found in HDPE and polygroup 7/8 inch tubing is just
slightly bigger than 3/4 inch tubing and slightly smaller than 1 inch TV it is a
great size if you feel like something a little bigger but not as big as a 1 inch
it can be found in HDPE and polypropylene at apology and can be used
as insert material for 1 inch tubing as you can see there are many tubing sizes
in the hoop making world and it’s important to understand the differences
between them so that you can become a successful hoop-smith Thank you from Hoopologie!