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Steampunk Hand in Walkthrough by aternox Steampunk Hand in Walkthrough by aternox
So here's how I made the hand for all those who asked.

And here's the finished product in motion


mistake caught! it's actually 52 eye bolts!


and for all those who will or have asked. It cost me under $50 Canadian to build. I don't know what it would cost in American as I don't live there, have the same stores, or really care. but you can just use google to convert the currency and give yourself a ballpark figure.
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Given 2009-01-24
Steampunk Hand in Walkthrough by *aternox is an ingenious tutorial that will show you how to create a working example of a hand marionette that has been inspired by this subgenre of fictional and technological inventions,by using easy to come by materials.To view the working hand you can view the Flash film in this members gallery. Thank you for sharing. ( Featured by znow-white )
Sandman-Ivan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im glad you still have this tutorial up =3
kreedantillesordo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet looking hand :D
wakabalasha Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I'm planning on using this to make a cosplay outfit of Officer Vi from League of Legends. However, her robot hands are really just bigger versions of her hands, not really an extension. Do you have any tips for something specific like that? I'm thinking of following the same outline, but just not using the extensioin part, and just making the hand bigger.
Grim-AL-kin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Awesome! completely cool! I've been pondering how to do this for awhile (I have an idea for a steampunk mecha costume that is barely out of design phase) the only ideas that I've come up with are WAY too complex to be practical. Using your design as a basis, I finally got a reasonable design down (The only difference will be that the thumb will pivot). Question though, I've been looking all over and can't seem to find springs small enough, would you mind sharing your source? (please don't say "the Internet", I don't want to fall back on that crutch)
69norbi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow thanks for this! I think I'll try to make one some time :D
Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hellooo and sorry for being the Nth person bothering you to death with questions about this marvellous tutorial! >____<
My boyfriend and me are making this too, and everything is going smoothly (also thanks to the clarity of this tutorial! If it comes out nicely I'll credit you and make you know!) except for one thing: the movement of the fingers isn't fluid as your own version of the hand. It's not easy to explain, but the upmost knuckle barely bends: the finger moves "all in one piece", as if it didn't have joints. Do you happen to have any idea for where the problem could lay (if I've managed to explain it)? The movement seems to get better if we place the eye bolts of the palm as close to the fingers as we can.
Our hand isn't made of fork pieces but of wood, but I don't think it should make a lot of difference...

Thank you for sharing your tutorial and for your attention! Have a nice day! :worship:
aternox Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep, the bolts in the palm are close to the hinge, the next two digits are centred and then the last bolt is close to the hinge again (you can just make it out in the full costume pic i uploaded here). The other thing might be the spring strength. It sounds like you might have more tension in the last digit than the others which would cause it to close last. You should have the most tension by the palm and then less with each digit out.

Hope that helps
Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect explanation, I understood everything! Oh yes, we had placed the bolt in the center of the upmost digit too, that was the problem! I'm sure that when moved close to the hinge, it will work! Thank you again, also for your quick and accurate answer! :hug:
pink-bandana-pirate Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Hey there!

Just wondering if you know how long each 'knuckle' of the bbq fork was? I have lengths of cylindrical wood that I'll have to cut. Thanks!
aternox Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Any length you want, but I think these were aprox. 2 inches long
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