this is how i made some cheap-o reacher arms for an actor in my haunted trail. they were quite effective, in fact a woman had to be rushed to the hospital straight from the clown area-she went into labor!
Step 1: A little back-story first (you can skip this if you like)
we do a haunted trail, and one of our actors is a friend of my son. Dillon, the friend, is a BIG boy. last year his clown costume literally shredded off him. so we had to come up with something different. looking online, the Reacher costumes appealed, but we can't afford them... so i improvised with recycled items and ingenuity.
the pic is Dillon, holding my son Josh like a baby. like i said, he's a BIG boy!
Step 2: What you'll need
you will need 2 3-foot-long pieces of corrugated black tubing
dremel or drill
screws and screwdriver
2 bicycle horn squeakers
large washers that will fit on the squeakers posts.
hotglue and glue gun
whatever kind of materials you'll want to cover your arms in
10 bicycle spokes
2 rubber gloves
a cape of some sort
Step 3: Getting started
take your corrugated tubing and slice it with the razor knife half way up the length. you'll want to squeeze it together to form a taper to the arms. use the zip ties to maintain the taper. an extra pair of hands is invaluable at this point!
although one of these pics show a hand already attached, it also shows the fold and the zip tie holding it. you'll want to use several zip ties up the length of the fold for strength.
Step 4: Fingers
take the shredded newspaper and stuff the fingers of the gloves. really pack it in there firmly. you want them to be firm. i used newspaper in the fingers, if you have time to do this part in stages (i didn't) you could simply great foam the fingers and hands separately allowing each several hours to set up.
whichever method you used, once you've got the fingers stuffed, take a bike spoke (curved end first) and insert it into the finger. this will allow you to position the fingers somewhat when we're finished.