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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 )
GamerGorillaz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
My sister asked me to make one of these.
Im too kind on her.
lea-van-rox Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Wow this is so cool, perfect for LARP... I mean not the Middle Age LARP Stuff, more like apocalypse-LARP or something with like steampunk stuff and zombies :D (sry I only know the german word for it :D )
Perlenprinz Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
I just wanted to know how thik and long the BBQ-handles are approximately? (sorry for the two posts D: )
aternox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
don't remember exactly but aprox. 8 inches
Perlenprinz Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
thanks a lot :3
Perlenprinz Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
This tutorial is so great and awesome, thak you a lot!!!
nezacosplay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
extremely helpful thank so much for this tutorial
this was one thing that puzzled me on a up coming cosplay of a elite bigdaddy from bioshock the arm is longer then a regular human arm and i still wanted moment
i done some resecht on on my own but nothing i found came close to how helpful this was i had a ruff idead in my head to begin with but now i understand it as well
jasonmg1 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
red1313131313 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
We made something similar to this in my science class in grade 4. also, elastics work instead of springs if need be, atleast they worked on mine :) Love it
claymaster57 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
i am making one in class and i have a shield attachment i am almost finished what did u use 4 springs ?
thank u 4 showing us how to make it it realy helped me =3
aternox Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
i used extension springs from a local hardware store
KiokuWoShinjite Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
AHHHH i wanna try making this. That's just truly amazing!! @.@
Miikin Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
im gonna try it now!
n0regret5 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SPECTACULAR. i've been planning a 'big' character costume build (scarlet spider version Venom, or Hulk) and i've been trying to find a really good way of doing the thumb...looks like you have it sorted!!! love it.
ElectricTypeMaster Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
love it it think ill use this for my next halloween costume
T4lonz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
This is awsome, i attempted it just to see if it would work as just a project sorta thing and it worked :D definatly one of the best things ive seen, great work
kogoma10 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
this is so awesome! I'll be making one of these as soon as i can
Lame-Ino-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a seriously fantastic idea. :iconiwantitplz:
I have a few questions for you, could you answer them please? I just have an idea regarding making my own.
~ Could you tell me how heavy the completed hand is?
~ Do you think the palm would be able to support the fingers (specifically, the strain from moving the fingers) if some parts were to be carved to be thinner?
~ Would it be possible for the wooden hand to be closer to the real hand, or would that cause some trouble when moving the fingers?
~ And could I make my own, but drastically change the design? (out of the steampunk context)
aternox Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
1 the most recent hand i made weighed in at about 5 lbs
2 it had thinner wood...i would say the thinner the wood, the harder the wood type you want to use (i.e. maple instead of pine) but it could go down to at least 1/2 inch in thickness
3 so long as there's room for your fingers to move, you can make it as close or far from your hand as you like
4 you can definitely make your own, however you like
Lame-Ino-Girl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank-you very much~ :iconlawooplz:
:iconhurrplz: Here's what I'm thinking: [link] (Carve out in between the fingers in the palm)
ethantconnelly Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Terrainela Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would you happen to know the sizes of the washers, eye bolts, screws, hinges, and springs?
elliotfletcher Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011   Photographer
Just making one ... costing me less than 10 cos im just using random parts from around my house :P
elliotfletcher Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011   Photographer
what material is the glove you used? / if anyone else has tried what materials worked and didn't work so well :)
aternox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
i used a mechanic's glove i got at a hardware store. so mostly leather and other rough materials.
HuntedFox Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
went to dolarama to look for some cheep bbq forks, but none there, the search continues...
Soulvei Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BBQ forks... Ingenious and hilarious :XD:
tt28football Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
So fantastic its to funny if iam able to do this
xX-NeonSkittles-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011   Photographer
Awesomely wonderful ^-^ I have to try it sometime!
4nto Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Asadsadsads I'm totally doing this ewe
FengL0ng Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love4076 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
i sooo have to make one one day
ibitepeople2 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Gotta make a pair of those <3
NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
WOW SHIT! I never knew you were Canadian, I AM TOO!
Fandomaniac Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
This is soo awesome! I'm just getting into steampunk. It's a very distinctive and, frankly, friggin' awesome style!
RepoLadyWallace Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
BBQ fork handles. How smart haha!
maveil Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Artist
I WILL use this. Is awesome!
Kurazao Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
I am excited!!!! tahts amazing!!! wow!!!
ThoughtsOfFireflies Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool. I should do that. ^^
yurika-sketches Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist
i need to do this
blue-glass-rose Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
this is great! I could accually do this! 0.0
alexkhaos Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
This is the most creative thing ever, you are epic!
PD> hinges, like from the doors?
CamariCreations Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is totally wicked awesome, and so is the finished product. Kudos for being awesome. :thumbsup:
Greenglassnotes Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
jakisall2 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I had an idea for something exactly like this! Had little time to really plan it out, it was going to be like the base model you have here but with a covering and costume combo for a L4D Tank. This will help a lot thanks for posting!
Staxel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is so amazing O.O DD was deserved ^^

I'm kind of a noob at metal work, how did you make the metal plates??
aternox Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I cut the shapes out of some plate steel i got from the hardware store an bent them to shape with some pliers.
Staxel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know this may sound a bit silly; but what did you cut them with? =S
aternox Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
tin snips. they're thick scissor-looking cutters.
E-M-O-Nex Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Just curious, is it possible for the hand to hold anything?
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