Making a Mechanical Hand

Make a monster puppet mechanical hand using easy-to-find tools & materials

Description

In this mechanical character creation tutorial on making a monster puppet mechanical hand, you'll learn the basics of building a cable controlled character puppet hand using easily accessible tools & materials with special creature effects mechanical designer, Peter Weir Clarke.

WEBCOURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • adapting available materials to your mechanical monster puppet project
  • the finger joint - tentacle mechanism basics
  • soldering, annealing & cable controlled mechanisms
  • how to start thinking like a special effects character mechanic

Approximate Runtime is: 02:56:47

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Tools - 00:00:54
  3. Materials - 00:08:40
  4. How a Cable Mechanism Works - 00:18:33
  5. The Tentacle Mechanism - The Basic Principles - 00:24:57
  6. The Jointed Cable Mechanism - The Finger - 00:31:25
  7. The First Finger Joint - 00:33:06
  8. Elastic Return Assembly - 00:40:58
  9. Finger Assembly - 00:49:26
  10. Running Elastic Cord - 00:57:22
  11. Running Elastic Joint by Joint - 01:01:39
  12. Constructing the Hand - 01:10:56
  13. Soldering the Hand Together - 01:19:04
  14. Positioning the Fingers - 01:24:58
  15. Cable Routing - 01:33:30
  16. Threading the Cable - 01:41:52
  17. Annealing Steel Wire - 01:48:44
  18. Building the Controller - Drawing and Layout - 01:59:03
  19. The Controller Assembly - Cable Tensioners - 02:05:53
  20. Designing the Trigger Mechanism - 02:11:14
  21. Drilling Your Holes - 02:16:42
  22. The Controller Cable Guides - Seating and Soldering - 02:22:45
  23. The Controller Cable Guides - Trimming and Shaft Collars - 02:25:53
  24. Adding a Support Boom - 02:37:25
  25. Adjusting the Finger Loops - 02:40:54
  26. Crimping - 02:42:57
  27. Attaching the Hand to the Controller - 02:46:43
  28. Wrap Up - 02:55:49

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HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

Artist Information

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Peter Weir Clarke

Aside from being a gifted Creature Effects Mechanic and Sculptor, Peter also teaches at The Art Institute.

Peter Weir Clarke is a maker of cool things. He is a congenital tinkerer and boot-strap engineer and is the builder...

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