I wasnít going to make one of these until I saw that the $12-20 ones I saw online had steep shipping charges and/or takes two weeks to get them from Hong Kong. The $30+ local price seemed okay considering the cost of materials and time to make it. Then I saw some 33-cent ankle height nylons at Walmart and $1.29 embroidery hoops at Michaels' and decided to give it a try. Bottom line, it took me five minutes (including taking the pictures) and cost less than $2.
1 - 4" to 6Ē Embroidery Hoop ($1.29-1.59 at Michaels, Walmart, or a craft store)
1 Ė Package ankle height nylons (33-cents at Walmart), they come in colors. Regular nylons will work.
Scissors or razor blade (Remember to count your fingers before and afterward.)
1. The pieces. I bought a 4" hoop as they were out of 6" ones but I think it's big enough anyway:
2. Open the nylons' package and stretch one a bit. Separate the hoops.
3. Loosen the outer hoop a bit, stretch the nylon (I used two layers, you can use one if you prefer) over the inner hoop with outer hoop over it to hold the stretched nylon in place. You want to remove the wrinkles, creases, etc. Once youíre happy with it tighten the outer hoop. Flip the assembly over.
4. Cut off the excess nylon. I started near the toe but could have gone closer to it if I wanted. After cutting you'll probably have enough scrap left over to make another one (or for replacement pieces should you ever need them). You could make 4 of these per 33-cent set of ankle height nylons.
5. Here is the back with the excess cut off. I was going to fuse the nylon with a lighter, soldering iron, etc., but didnít want to accidentally burn a hole in them plus, since itís the back, I donít really care. Probably could have used a razor blade, too.
6. Here's the front of it. You could paint the hoops black (red, purple...) before starting if you wanted. There's assorted colors of plastic hoops as well as other shapes (almost bought oval). I like the look of the wooden ones. Using the screw area, you can attach it to a mic stand any number of ways; coat hanger or rubber coated semi-stiff copper wire (use a hose clamp pr plastic tie to attach to the stand), plastic cable ties, rubber bands...
Here's a quick test without and then with it on a Zoom H4n's internal mics.
In a hurry and ultra cheap? Wrap a coat hanger around something round (parking lot barriers come to mind) to create a circle (circle isn't required, just common). Twist the coat hanger to keep the shape. Slide a nylon over the coat hanger, stretch and tape it into position. Cut off excess -- a bit more tape to make it look clean. Attach to your mic stand or whatever and you're good to go.