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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

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mistake caught! it's actually 52 eye bolts!

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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 )
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Sandman-Ivan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im glad you still have this tutorial up =3
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kreedantillesordo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet looking hand :D
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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.
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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)
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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
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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:
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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
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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:
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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!
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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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TurquoiseXRose Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just one question: Is it possible to take this to a convention? :)
Awesome :)
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aternox Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Is it possible to make one and wear it to a con? Yes absolutely.
Can you take mine? Short uncomplicated answer; no, sorry.
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SamLuvsHam Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist
(commenting again since i cant tell if it went through or not)
In following this example, couldn't you technically put springs and hinges on the wrist to make it bend as well?
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aternox Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hmmm. Yep you could, there'd be a challenge in having the wrist bend and how it attaches to your own hand plus maintaining the ability for the fingers to move. But I think it would be possible.
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FireOn42ndStreet Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
You could design it similar to the way the fingers bend, have 2 pins at the wrist to hold it in place while letting it flex instead of it being screwed to the "arm" board.  
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aternox Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm working on one currently that has a better range of motion. The challenge is that as the wrist moves it changes the lengths and angles of the finger strings as currently run.
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Lord-Varian Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would absolutely love to make one of these! Just need the money first.
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Nexsusthenewb Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
I'm attempting to make one and the most difficult parts are the hinges and springs cost wise, but ebay has some suppliers in bulk of these so I'm just waiting on those.

Also pre painted/scrap wood is nice.

OOO!! OOO!!! Big branches could be used to make a 'druidic' look with tree hands. 
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Sakkeru Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. That's amazing.

If you have any idea, do you think this would work on a hand about half a metre square?
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aternox Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes? I mean in theory it should be possibly, probably just have to use lighter materials
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Koad-WolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Please, what is the size ( in ) of the eye bolt, and the warshess?
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aternox Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure what size eye bolts I used anymore. But they were quite small. The washers were fender washers
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nakura169 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
also, how big should the washers be?
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nakura169 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
about how many short screws? like 100+?
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lxblack Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you.
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MonkeydJanine Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like this Hand :3
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demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very damn nifty. might play with this. needs a wrist articulation...
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Anyami Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Wow, this looks fantastic! I'm definitely gonna try to make it
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Xyra-chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
That's pritty cool. ^^
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LacklusterPoet Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Do finger-less gloves make a good alternative to cutting the tips off of the gloves?
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wingedpan Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Do you by chance recall what size each of the various bits were? The screws, eyebolts, washers, hinges, etc? You gave the measure of the plywood which is brilliant, and I'd love to try my hand at producing one as well~
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DEMoN-da-Beast Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMGnice pm where u got this
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mrsmyrnin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
making the steampunk world a better place.. one hand at a time! Love it thankyou!!!
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Quick-Step Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist
That is fantastic!
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Bananaflyer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awuh!! This is so co- I mean... Astonishing (cool is too mainstream)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional
nice one
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luckydragonbb Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Wow, I've been looking for a walkthrough like this for months. Thanks this is really helpful.
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firebreather2536 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow amazing
i want one
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Emotocat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
I WANT IT!! SOOO COOL!! How expensive was it to make this contraption?
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:iconaternox:
aternox Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
about $50 CAD
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Emotocat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Oh thanks!
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Invader-Nna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
quick question, where did you get your BBQ forks?
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aternox Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I found them at a dollar store
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Invader-Nna Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
k thanks, all i can find are stainless steel though...
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MissingSkeleton Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I was going to make one for myself, but, need to know what size of eye bolt, screw, and springs we would need. Thanks for your time!
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aternox Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
offhand, at the moment, I can't remember. But I'm pretty sure I've answered those before in previous comments, so they might be somewhere in there.
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MissingSkeleton Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looked through all the comments and wasn't able to find the eye bolts, or screws.
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aternox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
so the screws used to hold the "palm" to the "wrist" piece of wood were 1 1/4 inch wood screws, the ones for the hinges came with the hinges, and i used 3/4 inch wood screws with fender washers to hold the glove on. The screw eyes were 1/4 inch.
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MissingSkeleton Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh thank you so much! Really!~
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MissingSkeleton Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay- thank you! Looking right now for it~
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