I'll bet this has been discussed...but I can't find it so.....HELP PLEASE!
I have made some small "poi" hoops for class and general fun....but they are kinda wonky because of the connectors being a noticable weight on such a small circle.
Plus they ( the connecters) are sort of long in them because they are so small .
Is it really hard to cut the connectors down shorter? Like what kind of tool would you even use for that? and how can they be better balanced? or is the slight wobble just part of the experience?
How do y'all do it?
(sorry if this is repetitious but I'm stuck)
I noticed that as well. I presume you're using the 1/2 inch tubing. I was thinking about using my pvc pipe cutters for cutting down the connectors so that they only have one or two barbs on each end. You could also use a hack saw or a coping saw.
Or, you could go buy some dowels that fit inside the tubing, cut them to length, and use a staple gun or screws to hold them in place.
Or there's another option:A fellow named Joe on the forum (see my friends) posted some photos here: http://safiredance.ning.com/photo/squeezing-so-the-cut-piece-is?con...
of a trick he came up with. He cut a short piece of the tubing that the hoop is made of. Then he cut the tubing down the length. Then squeeze the tubing along that long-ways cut and stuff one of those edges toward the center of the tubing piece so that it rolls in on itself. Then stuff this shortened, rolled piece into the ends of the tube you're making, and use it as a connector. You could staple it in place, or tape as usual.
MadMaxine....I never cease to be amazed by your brain. (I am using the 1/2 inch for these btw) I had forgotten all about Joes trick...I think I'll try that first....I'll bet it is hardly noticeable ( the weight I mean)
i just cut my connecters with a coping saw so the were not so long..that way i don't have a big flat spot since my minis are only 20 " in diameter..i figured since i taped over the connection with duct tape before i taped them that they would hold up ok .
i like joes idea too
Definitely, lighter connectors should help prevent wobble. I was experimenting with really big tubing and twist-collapse connectors, which were really heavy. I had lots of trouble with wobble, even if I put in two connectors (one on each side of the hoop). Lighter is definitely better for spin, especially in a lighter hoop.
I cut the connectors down as well but I ended up with a circle with a kinda point on one side. 3/4" 100 psi, not so good for mini hoops. Next pair I make, using smaller tubing and trying Joe's trick. Thanks Maxine for reminding us about it!
I've made a mini from the same and what I did first was run hot water through the tube. Then I used a regular connector and put it together. Then it cooled on the floor and is a nice circle. 22" across.
The problem is that its too heavy and is a little hard on the hands.