I am wanting to make some hoops but need some advice on tape. I was looking on eBay but I wasn't sure what kind of tape is used to make hoops? I want something with some grip to it. Any advice on the best places to go, cheapest, what kind, any other sugestions? Thanks so much,
Well the mecca of hoop tape is identi-tape.com. However, it's quite pricey. Gaffer is my favorite, however, it's expensive and I can only find it online. Recentally I discovered a local shop in my town sells a wide variety of hockey tape. It's even grippier (and less than a quarter of the price) than gaffers, however I noticed it is not as scuff resistant as gaff. Mirror tape is hard to come by aside from the internet. I use electrical tape sparingly only to add color. My hoops are made primarily from hockey and gaff tape.
I third the Hockey tape thing. I buy it from Sports Authority, $7.99 for 4 large rolls in my area. I never make a hoop without it. It makes a huge difference in grip.
I don't use much gaffer's tape because it always seems to bunch up for me. I would recommend nothing more than 1" wide, anything more than that is difficult to put onto a circular object. I think gaffer's for hoops is really over-rated; it's not nearly as grippy as hockey tape and not as pretty as electrical tape. It has its fans, though, and it comes in lots of colors.
I also use a lot of cloth for decoration. I cut it into strips, wrap some double stick tape around my hoop, and then apply the strips. Then, I use hockey tape or electrical tape to secure the edges around the hoop. It works very well and adds a lot of color.
Hockey tape is awesome, but yeah it will pill up at the edges a bit with lots of use. I think the benefit of it being cheap outweighs that though. I got some today in camouflage and Canadian flag patterns, a buck a roll.
Pardon the bad image quality, my camera's bricked right now, but that's hockey tape on a white hoop.
A hockey supply store. I live in Michigan only a few hours away from Canada so there's a pretty good density of hockey around here, so to speak. It also gave me access to some of the weird patterns, in a sports store they may only have primary colors, who knows.
Thank you all for the advice:) I didn't even know about hockey tape:) I will definitly add that to the mix! I did want to do some glow in the dark tape and some mirror too. If I were to do mirror, would I lay that down before the hockey tape, then electrical, or Graff to seal it? If I am going glow would that be best used as a sealer, or would I lay it down first? What's the word on cloth tape?does anyone know about buying a pack with all colors, I have only seen them individuals, but I want all the colors, is there a bulk option out there? I am new to hooping:) I have been hooping for only 23 days, but I love it:) I have brusies all over me from practicing:) when I feel a little more solid I will share a video with you all. Thanks for all the insperation:) happy hooping to you:)
Mirror also needs to be sealed at the edges, and usually I do mirror and then seal it with gaffer tape. Same with hockey, I seal it with gaffer tape. I personally do not like the look of electrical tape.
As for the glow tape, again, I would seal down the edge with gaffer tape.
But honestly, just play around. You won't get it perfect first time aruond and that's the fun and beauty of it.
I completely second the advice to play around with it. It took me a few hoops before I started figuring out what works best with my own hoop style and aesthetic. If you can find some cheap tubing, I suggest making hoops in all different sizes and taping them differently. This is how I figured out what worked out best for me. :-)
Honestly I'm not sealing my tape's edges at all. I just make sure to smooth it down as I wrap it. If I have to redo my tape every week or two wahey, it doesn't take that long and the tape's not expensive.