Introduction: Cheap Right Hand of Doom

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Well Halloween has come and gone and while I was out trick or treating, I thought maybe I would show you how I made my wearable Right Hand of Doom. it was practically free for me, I think, so all of you out there should be good.

Step 1: Materials

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Here is what you will need for this build:

Right Hockey or Lacrosse glove
Thick Cardboard tube
Bed foam
Hot glue gun
Hot glue gun glue
Red acrylic paint

Red spray paint

Step 2: Main Tube Construcion

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Take your long cardboard tube and put it against your arm. Mark where you think you should cut off. if you have a limited amount of tube, always go over than what you think, because you can always cut more off later. It should start slightly below your wrist, and slightly above your elbow. when you got your measurements, start cutting.

Step 3: Fixing Tube and Starting Hand

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Ok, if your main tube is too big, cut it down, until you can move all your joints comfortably. Then take your glove and cut off all excess parts, anything thats not the actual glove. For me, it was the first picture. Now your going to want to cut off maybe an inch or so. Then take that and place it on the inside of your glove at the bottom. Make sure all your fingers, especially your thumb can fit in comfortably, then hot glue that in. It should look like the last two pictures

Step 4: Adding Foam to Tube.

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Take your bed foam and find the thickest pattern you have. Mine was wavy. Put the tube on the foam and roll it around to see how much foam you need to cut off. then go about an inch or so more, just in case, and then cut it off. take your foam and glue it slightly below the top of the tube. glue it on in small sections, holding it for about one minute, to insure it sticks to the cardboard tube. you should have something that looks the first picture so far. you want that part a the end to be unglued. that part should go up pretty close to your elbow. Now go around on the inside and cut off a little layer, shown in the second picture. the inside layer is about half the size of the outside. Use your hot glue to glue that together, making the tube full. Now take a skinnier pattern from your foam. the skinniest one I had was a bunch of dots if you have that patter. cut off the all the dots so that it is much thinner. a more simple approach is to go buy thinner foam. cut out the desired width and glue it on to each side at the end of the tube, again glueing it in sections. ignore the paint for later.

Step 5: Painting and or Plastering Main Tube

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Take out your red Acrylic paint and Main tube, and set them down on a piece of newspaper. now if you want to conserve paint and give the Main Tube more of a rocky look, this is the step where you can plaster it down with plaster strips. i would say maybe two coats of plaster, to make sure its not too heavy. Make sure you smooth out the strips when you put it on, so it doesn't have little square holes. then start painting. if you put on plaster, one coat of paint should do ya. if you used foam, you are going the need a lot more paint. the paint soaks deep into the holes of the foam, consuming more paint. after painting, let the tube dry for a few hours. Then take some paper towels and squeegee some of the paint out, making it dry faster. after that, you can put in the crack details with a mix of red and black acrylic paint.

Step 6: Painting Hand

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Take your Red spray paint, right hand, and newspaper outside. If your glove has ventilation holes in it, put some aper on the inside, to block the paint. I was able to do mine in one coat, but if you want a darker color, you are going to want to get some black spray paint and put on a light coat before the red. Let it dry, and then your ready to go.

Step 7: Finished Product.

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Now that you have everything done, its time to put it on. If you did this right, you should have pretty good wrist movement. That is the reason why it is in two parts, to give you more movability (word?) You could take a piece of red cloth and make sort of a wrist band, to hide your skin color in between the two pieces. Now go out and kill some monsters!


BraisedDuck (author)2010-11-18

news flash the right hand of doom has only four fingers total, not five

iwillspy13 (author)BraisedDuck2010-11-19

News flash, internet trolls are SO COOL. This was a budget build, and I knew it didn't have 5 fingers, I used what I could get.

Grenadeguy (author)2010-10-03

Hey, I know this is an old threat and all, but I'm trying to make a Hellboy costume for Halloween this year, and I was curious about two things, first, what did you use for the horns? And two, where did you get that muscle outfit (unless that is actually you, in which case, well done sir!). I'm definitely using your idea for the Hand though!

iwillspy13 (author)Grenadeguy2010-10-03

The horns were very last second and made of 2 red plastic party cups cut in half and glued to the bald cap. And I didn't use a muscle suit, so thanks for the compliments :). But if you wanted one, you can go to any costume shop and buy a foam one for relatively cheap. I wish you good luck on your costume and I hope you will post pics of it soon.

Movienut (author)2010-08-21

I know it's been close to a year since last comment but here is my two cents. I built a Hellboy costume a couple of years ago before I was even aware of forums of costume builders out there. My right hand of doom was made with TWO salvation army found hockey gloves (cost-$5.00), some pvc pipe, sponges for knuckle stones and mac-tac for stone like texture. Sew the two middle fingers together to make one then add material from second glove to lengthen the 3 fingers and thumb. Attch the pvc pipe, wrap with foam and mac-tac, cut and attach knuckle stones, paint red and I used a solder gun to melt "cracks" into the mac-tac. When complete you will have a great looking RHOD that is functional. I can shake hands, fist pump, hold drinks, etc. I have pics of my Hellboy and Borg costumes in the other costumes section of "The Hunter's Lair" forum. I go by Huntermaniac there.

dareliqe (author)2009-10-12

isnt his name hellboy, not doom???
gr8 though

 yeah but his hand is called the right hand of doom , is the key to open the gates of some strange hellish dimention and is called like that because it will unleash the DOOM on the earth n_n

oh.. cool!

tanis9319 (author)2009-10-09

one finger to many hell boy has four fingers but really nice

iwillspy13 (author)tanis93192009-10-09

 Yea, I know. But most people didn't notice and it's just easier to use the glove than to construct a whole new hand.

tanis9319 (author)iwillspy132009-10-14

now you can make one more screen perfect for next year dont forget thedesingns on the arm

iwillspy13 (author)tanis93192009-10-14

 Actually this year I am planning on making a Wikus Van de Mewrecostume from district 9. alien arm and all! :)

Mystillate (author)2009-09-08

You can use gesso, available at any art supply store, to "seal" the foam and avoid having the red paint soak in. It will also allow you to use spray paint without eating away at the foam.

iwillspy13 (author)Mystillate2009-09-09

Wish I thought of that, it took forever for the foam to dry. Great tip!

AnarchistAsian (author)2009-03-30

nice, but lacrosse gloves are expensive, you could have used something cheaper

Well most people have them, or you could probably buy them at a tag/yard sale, or online. But if you don't want to use a lacrosse glove, you could use a hockey one. I actually think this is a hockey glove.

it's made by STX, that's a lacrosse company when i got my lacrosse gloves, they were like $30 each

thats not that expensive for a prop replica!

yeah, but it's just a glove

Well If you're so upset about the price of the glove, then just find something else to use, find an old used glove like I did, or just don't make this at all.

i'm not upset, i'm just saying not everyone has to spend as much money on it

what about a baseball glove and cut the conecting leather inbetween fingers? there should be old ones at good will?

iwillspy13 (author)seriouslycgi2009-07-19

You could do that, but the glove would be too small. If you out pieces of something like the bedding foam I used for the main part of the RHoD, that would work great. Remember hat this is supposed to be a larger than life Hand

Airsoft_Maniac_96 (author)2009-05-03

i wouldn't ruin a lacrosse glove for something stupid like this i love the sport to much

Then please don't post in here if u have nothing nice or constructive to say

BoredomIsACostOfLife (author)2009-02-01

This is pretty cool.I expected less fingers though:P There's another good.It's the the top one in the related

If you wanna give it a good rating, that would be cool. Because out of the 1,000 something people, only 1 has rated. This goes for everyone

Well, I couldn't find a hockey glove for a person with only four fingers! hehe :) Thanks

picklegarden (author)2008-11-23

Good Job. I was thinking about buying one for $400 but now I think I may just make one. Using a hockey glove was a really good idea.

iwillspy13 (author)picklegarden2008-11-23

thanks, I'm glad I could help. thats the point of an instructable!

Kaiven (author)2008-11-04

Nice! But there isn't a left hand? Never seen the movie...

iwillspy13 (author)Kaiven2008-11-04

No, he has a left hand, but its normal. Only his right hand is a Right Hand of Doom. Get it? Got it. Good

Ward_Nox (author)2008-11-03

i thought the right hand of doom only had 3 fingers+thumb

iwillspy13 (author)Ward_Nox2008-11-03

thats true, but most people don't notice and/or care. But i still think it looks good. It also cuts down the price because most people have hockey/lacrosse gloves. and making the hand would have been annoying.

Ward_Nox (author)iwillspy132008-11-03

id still add the knuckle stones

iwillspy13 (author)Ward_Nox2008-11-04

i was going to, but i saw the ventilation holes, and decided to keep them. you can do it however you want though. if you like it please rate and tell others

iwillspy13 (author)2008-11-02

thanks man, remember to vote for me so i can win the contest!! and tell your friends!!!!!!!!

dudeishfish (author)2008-11-02


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