Get a snug, comfy fit with this hassle-free zill hack
The Dream: Finger cymbals that stay on your fingers without pinching or turning your fingertips blue, staying snug and comfy even when your weight fluctuates. Better yet: Finger cymbal elastic that does all this with no needle and thread!
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 my thumb and finger zills around and they still fit perfectly!
- Your zills
- A butter knife, flathead screwdriver or another flat implement
- 1″ ponytail holders made from rolled fabric.
NOTE: The Scunchi model photographed here is no longer available. But dancers are reporting that this Vidal Sassoon style is working just fine!*
- Check that the ones you’re buying are the smaller size (1″) 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!
Tip: If you have very small fingers and the elastics aren’t tight enough, try knotting them in the middle and re-inserting.
* Much gratitude to Susan Frank for finding us a replacement product! YAYYYY!
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