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« on: March 15, 2011 07:44:54 AM »

Looking for a bit of advice from other crafters!

I'm in the process of creating a functional mechanical hand for a costume. Below is a video of my prototype for one of the fingers:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=201067709911997&saved

The issue I'm having is that the steel cable that controls it has very sharp bits of wire poking out. Has anyone had experience in the past with how to cover cable ends in a manner that won't come apart when it flexes? Any help would be greatly appreciated Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2011 01:51:52 PM »

My husband, who has done mechanics for movie monsters, suggests coating the ends of the cable with contact cement and then put heat-shrink tubing over it.

Hope that helps!

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2011 01:54:55 PM »

This is really cool - I hope you share when it's finished!
As for the cable ends... I second the shrink tubing; that was my first thought. Maybe some regular tubing since it's thicker glued on like caps if that doesn't work. Or that tool dip stuff that gives a sort of rubber coating to things.
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2011 07:56:31 AM »

Awesome! Thank you both for the advice Smiley I will try it out.

And yes! I will be sure to share it when it's finished. I'll be wearing the hands to a sci-fi convention my wife and I are going to in late April, so it won't be long until it's complete.
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