Friday, November 20, 2009
2A Strings: Half of a Whole
I make strings intended for dual-yo-yo play differently than strings for single-yo-yo play. I don't know how I got the idea to do this, but it just seemed right.
Here is the process:
First, I measure the string (nothing new). This one is twice my wingspan (it turned out a little short: remembering this for next time).
I add More tension. I am stepping on one of the ends, and twisting the other between my forearms.
I'm not sure if Ed and Steve do this step, but it immediately gives the string the tension I like. No UFO needed to tighten it, and it feels better than having a string with too little tension.
I then knot the two ends together. Adding more tension does put kinks in the string, so I have to twist those out now (the most time-consuming part of my personal string-making process).
I center the knot so that I have two equal-length strings on each side. John Huber taught me this at Worlds when t
here was an A-squared workshop. This is the same technique he uses to put two yo-yos on one string.
I let the tension in the string twist itself, a few inches at a time.
I finally tie knots and cut the strings now. This separates the one string I made into two entities.
I play them, until one breaks. I don't
have a reason for doing my dual-strings like this, but it just makes sense.
This face is to explain how I need to use a razor instead of biting the string. My front teeth don't come together (seriously), so I need an implement to do it for me.