The Dream: Finger cymbals that stay on your fingers without pinching or turning your fingertips blue. On skinny days as well as fat days.
The Solution: Soft but firm hair elastics (ponytail holders, as we call them in my neck of the woods). The grip is solid but soft.
The elasticity is amazing and outlasts sewn elastic. I can even switch the thumb and finger zills around at will and they still fit!
What you need:
A butterknife, flathead screwdriver or other flat implement
Scunci No Damage Elastics the small 'Soft and Light' kind. It's really important to have the right kind! Either use the link to order the exact product at Amazon or make sure the ones you're buying have the product number 16748-A in the upper right-hand corner. Check that the ones you're buying are the smaller size and made from rolled fabric that you can unroll with your fingers (see closeup at right).
What to do:
1) Hold one of the elastics against the underside of one of your zills.
2) Use the butterknife or screwdriver to push the elastic through from the underside and pull it through from the top with your fingertips (this part takes patience. If the fabric bunches up and won't go through, start over)
3) Push a second area of the elastic through the other zill slot. Push from underneath with the knife or screwdriver, as before, and pull through from the top.
4) Pull all the slack through to the top of the zill, and even up the two loops. TaDaa! When you've done this with all four zills you are done. Your zills should now fit snugly and comfortably, and your work will last you through many, many hours of zilling!
If you try this technique, e-mail me and tell me how your project went! I'd love to hear about your results, your suggestions, your modifications, etc.