First, I picked up a lovely, compact coil of 100' 160 psi 3/4" irrigation pipe (in aisle 12 of my) Lowe's, along with a pack of 3/4" connectors.
You cut the tape and all hell breaks loose--it springs in all directions.
The custom hoop request is for a 40" hoop, so tape measure is handy.
I locate one end of the pipe and feel my way around to the spot I need to cut (which ends up being somewhere in the middle of the coil--there's no rhyme or reason). I measure what I think (hope) is a 40" circle.
This tool is awesome--ratcheting cutters. Cut through the pipe.
Oh, and i've boiled water and poured into the sink, because now I need to soften the ends to put it together.
This hooper wants a half of a cup of water in her hoop, so I pour that in...
Put the connector in
And push it together. Voila! As it cools, it tightens up and won't come apart or leak.
Tape the connected seam for extra security.
And the fun part--picking colors. I'll use a sparkly tape, electrical tape, and gaffer's tape (for stick).
This will be awesome I think.
I forgot to take a picture of this part--argh--but I put the sparkle tape on first, angling it just right so that I can then lay down the electrical and last, the gaffe tape. It's a little tricky, this part, to get it smooth and even and pretty.
And here she is--pretty!
I hooped a bit with it, the water makes for an interesting hoop. You can feel it swishing and shifting and it definitely adds a bit of weight. I hope this hooper loves it!