A Peach resin glue is similar to an Ejiao (another type of traditional Dizi membrane glue) in preparation. Other alternative such as adhesive stick glue can also be used in putting on Dizi membrane.
In this instruction, we’ll be using Peach Resin glue.
Firstly, you’ll need:
- Your Dizi,
- Peach Resin glue in bottle
- Dizi membrane
- Lukewarm Water (Dissolve the resin faster,but cold water will be just fine too)
So let’s start!
You’ll need Peach resin in bottle, Dizi membrane, water and the Dizi.
Open the Peach resin glue bottle
Some of the powder may be clumping due to the nature of natural peach resin. Don’t worry it will not affect the resulting glue.
Ready the water. Lukewarm water dissolve the resin more quickly then cold water. Do not use hot water since the bottle may not withstand extremely high temperature.
Fill the bottle with around 80% of water (up to the bottle of the bottle’s neck)
Put the cap back on. Make sure it’s closed. Then SHAKE!
Now let the glue dissolve on its own. Sit it in room temperature and the glue will be ready in 8-12 hours.
Once the glue is ready, take out the Dizi and the membrane.
Take out roughly 1.5-2cm of the membrane.
Cut it out.
Carefully open the membrane. (Some Dizi membrane is already cut open, if that’s the case, just skip this step)
Slowly cut the membrane open on one side
Open the cap of the resin glue and get 1-2 drops on your fingertip.
Rub it around the Dizi membrane hole.
Until the glue is quite evenly placed around the hole.
Place the membrane on slowly.
Now the most tricky part. Gently stretch the membrane over the hole. Rub the two sides of the membrane up and down until small ‘wrinkles’ are formed on the membrane.
Now the membrane is ready and you can start playing!
- The ideal Dizi membrane glue should be sticky enough to hold the membrane at the hole but still allow the membrane to be adjusted after it’s placed. If the glue you’re using now stick the membrane ‘firmly’ on to the hole, try looking for alternative with less bonding power.
- The membrane perform best – and hence produce best tones, when it has small ‘wrinkles’ on. Sometimes during playing, the membrane will ‘flat out’ due to the air passing by and affecting the tone of the flute. At those moments, simply re-adjust the membrane. Rub the two sides of it up and down until it present the wrinkles again.