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51  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Mechanical Hand on: April 05, 2011 03:43:01 PM
I hit "this rocks" because it certainly does. WOW!

I would love to see good close-ups and explanation of how exactly the joints work, if you don't mind! Smiley

Certainly Smiley I'll post an update a bit later today with that info for you Smiley
52  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / Re: Fuzzy Desk Buddies on: April 04, 2011 01:36:52 PM
Those are great! Cheesy I especially like the little bird.

Excellent work!
53  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Mechanical Hand on: April 03, 2011 03:01:25 PM
Quirky.  In a GOOD way!  So what are you planning for lefty?

Lefty is going to be left free so that I have a hand with which I can dig in my pockets, feed myself etc (although I did toy with the idea of making a fork and spoon accessory for the hand, lol). I will, however, have this on my left shoulder:

(credit for the photo goes to Jen Martin Studios, models are Michelle K. & Andrew Figgs)
54  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Mechanical Hand on: April 03, 2011 01:18:43 PM
Nice. Looks really fun to use too. How did you end up dealing with the sharpness of the wires?
My initial finger prototype very quickly showed me how desperately I needed to deal with that very issue (I have a few cuts on my hands at the moment Wink ). What I ended up doing was utilizing my cable ferrules to contain the sharp ends of the cables. Here is what a ferrule looks like:
When creating the loops for my fingers, I made sure to insert the rough end of the cable so that it was either flush with, or slightly inside, the end of the ferrule. Then, when I flattened the ferrule to set the cable in place, the sharp end was locked inside, thus saving my fingers and hand.

The cables are still uncomfortable on the fingers, but I'll solve that with a pair of tight leather gloves (black of course Wink )

This is awesome!
The size makes it's kind of creepy fun.

DO you have a costume in mind to use this one for or is it a sale piece?
Well.... I guess the answer is YES! I know that is a silly answer to a this or that question, but I plan to do both. In the short term, I am using the hand as part of a costume that I'll be wearing to a Sci-Fi convention that my wife and I are attending. We're both going for a look that feels like a fantasy version of the old west meets the WW2 era. Along the lines of a bomber pilot who fell into a rift in the space time continuum and landed in a parallel reality in the 1860's. I'll update this thread with a picture of my complete costume once I get the final piece, a fun piece of head-ware that I purchased from a leather company.

In the long term, after the convention perhaps, I'll make hands like this available for purchase. I will, however, be abiding by the rules of Crafster so I won't be posting anything about it when the time comes. It will just appear on the web somewhere Wink
55  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Mechanical Hand on: April 03, 2011 10:47:10 AM

It lives!!! Now my plans to destroy the world via a very indirect and overly complicated method can be realized!

This hand is a fully-functional costume prop. Each finger is controlled by the corresponding finger on the wearer's hand by a steel cable. The fingers return to their "neutral" (starting) position with the assistance from springs located at each joint underneath the knuckles. It's articulated enough to grant the ability to pick up and drop objects.

Here is a video of it in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEHiAItVdiw

I have a description of the build process on my blog: http://chaincrafts.blogspot.com/


After a request from araminya, here are a few more images:

A close up of the fingers in the relaxed position

A close up of one of the fingers in the flexed position. To answer Araminya's request, the fingers are operated via cables that pass through guide loops. They then return back to their neutral position with the assistance of the springs that you can see in the pictures.

Finally, here is a close-up shot of the finger-loops. The thumb loop is a bit too small, so that will require a minor adjustment in the near future.
56  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / Re: craftster challenge - back to basics - Poptab Minecraft! on: April 01, 2011 08:13:11 PM
Awesome work! I especially like the way you did the ground Smiley
57  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / !!!The Mighty Red Gauntlets of Thirst!!! on: April 01, 2011 08:09:54 PM

You have found the Mighty Red Gauntlets of Thirst! As you put them on, you feel a surge of strength run through your body. You also, however, have the sudden & inexplicable desire to consume a sweet beverage that contains thousands of tiny bubbles.

Above are the materials for the project Smiley I used soda tabs, stainless steel chainmaile rings and a pair of sturdy welding gloves. I toyed with the idea of using pipe cleaners for something, but later decided against it.

The soda-tab chainmaile panels after completion. Each panel is made from 213 pieces (117 soda tabs and 96 chainmaile rings).

After competing the panels, I marked and punched holes in the glove to create the attachment points. For those who aren't already familliar with it, the tool in this  picture is a rotary leather punch. My rotary punch is one of my best friends when making armor and costumes! So many different sizes with just a spin of the wheel!

In this image you can see how the rings at the edge of the pannels are looped through the holes that were punched. After including the rings required to attach the panels to the gauntlets, the project required a total of 510 pieces (234 tabs and 276 rings). As far as chainmaile projects go, it's actually a fairly small number Cheesy

Close-ups of the weave. By using 5/16" rings and standard-sized soda tabs, you get a reasonably tight and yet still flexible weave

And there you have it! Gauntlets with the appearance of scale armor made from soda-tabs.

Just don't drink all 234 cans of soda at once or you might end up convinced that you're Link from Zelda wearing the Power Gloves and run around for 2 hours trying to lift "boulders" (i.e. cars) above your head until you finally collapse in a twitching, caffiene overloaded pile on someone's driveway.
58  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #61 - Back to Basics - Due Apr 1 - Apr 7 on: April 01, 2011 07:51:12 AM
Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Today's the day!!! I'm super excited to post my entry and to see all the amazing & wonderfully crazy things other folks have made
59  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Soda tab Chainmaile Skirt on: March 29, 2011 11:45:43 AM
That is so amazing. What's more amazing is your patience! I would have gone crazy. Looks awesome!!!

It's not so bad if you do it while you're watching a movie Cheesy The process is so repetitive that once you get in the groove, you don't have to look at it too much.
60  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #61 - Back to Basics - Due Apr 1 - Apr 7 on: March 29, 2011 11:42:55 AM
I'm in on this one! My project is almost complete and will be using pop-tabs, pipe cleaners and perhaps even Popsicle sticks as well Cheesy
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