How to make a REAL Hoopak
I've always wanted a hoopak of my own and I was thinking "How the heck am I gonna
make a hoopak?"
Then I was cleaning out my closet and I found the rod that was my pitchfork
for my Halloween costume as a devil. The pitchfork part had been long since
lost, but the long rod would do wonders for a hoopak.
Then I thought "OK, how am I gonna make the prongs?" a little searching and
I found some discarded clothes hangers that had cardboard piping on the bottom
instead of being completely out of wire. I cut the cardboard pipes and using
electrical tape I lashed the pipes onto the plastic rod.
Then I coated the cardboard pipes with the electrical tape so it would match
the rest of the rod (black plastic, black tape - I know black's a real drab
color but it's all I had to work with)
Then I was wondering what to make the sling out of. I found some old black
nylons, and I said "This will work!" it was elastic enough and sturdy. I cut
one of the legs off and tied it to the cardboard prongs, then held down the
loose ends of the knot with electrical tape (I used A LOT of electrical tape!).
Finally, the metal point at the end. I didn't have anything metallic, but I
had a shiny gift bag that I cut up and I rolled it up into a cylinder, used
the electrical tape YET AGAIN to attach it to the end of the rod. Then I cut
the other end into a point and voila!! I have myself a real nice hoopak. It
twirls gracefully and shoots great.