The 19" red & white life ring is molded from hard foam. There is a rope around it to add to it's authentic look and for easy hanging. Even though this life ring looks very authentic, it should be used for decoration only. It will add a definite nautical touch to whatever room it is placed in and is a must have for those who appreciate high quality nautical decor. It makes a great gift, impressive decoration & will be admired by all those who love the sea.