I made my first animatronic hand when I was about 10 years old using stuff I found around the house. Now I want to share with you how to easily make your own at home!

 This hand is made from readily available materials and is perfect for your Halloween haunted house, scary pranks, as a movie prop or just good old fashion fun. It also serves as a good starting point for further work that might include the use of servos, remote controlling and more advanced animatronics. There's a few videos at the end of this instructable that shows the building process and some of the movement of the hand. Here's one;

Step 1: Parts and tools you need

Sharp knife
Hot glue-gun
Marker/ pen
Plastic or wooden clothes hanger

The two latter can be replaced by other materials as you will find out later.
Very nice.
<p>Yes indeed well done</p>
<p>This is really cool beacuse everyones been like&quot; if you like nightmare bonny so much why dont you just build him!&quot; so this might work! </p>
<p>Nice one, thanks!</p>
<p>can you use paper tubes for fingers?</p>
<p>You might be able to...</p>
<p>added some servos </p>
<p>not trying to be rude but i did the same thing when i was small but i use a pizza box and just string but yours is much more cooler</p>
thank you for this, i have recreate it using rubber tube
I'd love to see it!
Where do u get the tubing and what is the tubing specifically called
<p>thank you so much for this. My little brother was born without a hand and you gave me an idea on how to effectively make him a working hand. Thank you soooo much.</p>
<p>Hi there, thanks for the great instructible. How much did it cost you to make this? I only need a cost estimate because I'll be doing this for a project and I need to provide documentation for my construction.</p>
This is my favorite instructable on the whole site. Thanks so much. It's so inspirational! I found this a few years ago and just remembered it today. I think i will try it this time...&nbsp;
I'm honored, thank you! Go ahead try it!
I found this very handy, thanks
Nice one, thanks!
Thanks !
The thumb is very tricky indeed ... I have tried your way with little (tiny) modifications
too cool!
Thank the robotic overlords for instructables, I was looking to build a hand, but wasn't sure if the strings would work, but evidently they do ;) Thanks.
nice work.... :)
simply superb! thamk you! i learnt a lot..
well done!
well done!
I have some armoured paintball gloves and shall try to make an exoskeletoney version .I shall try to put it on here but It could take a year for me to get round to it. if possible I'll make them extendable arms to. my mouth is often bigger than my skill level so don't count on it being up soon.shall put a link here if I get it done.
Thanks for posting this 'Ible! I'm one step closer to be able to get things from up high out of the fridge myself!
I like how extra additions can come. Like coverage with a glove or even adding an arm. <br>
This is most likely the best one I've seen on this website beause it is simple but it works great and it's easy to make good job!
This is most likely the best one I've seen on this website beause it is simple but it works great and it's easy to make good job!
Just simple and therefore great, well done.
How long was the total length of tubing you used? I really want to make this..
I want to download this as pdf, why i can't? :(
Is it possible to make one that is bigger than your own hand? I'm working on a robot suit for Halloween.
Sure! Did see one guy that welded his hand! Awesome, with a hint of deadly!
tantraad, could you use straws instead of pipes? <br>
Hi! I don't see why not. But wouldn't it be very skinny? Also, it might not be as strong.. but give it a go! Let us know how it works out:)
how would you put a glove on it? p.s. can you turn a dial with this? i want to build a robot that will be able to turn a thermostat dial. it's for a friend. please respond with a private message, thanks.
If you had 5 Servos you could, that would be around $75 if you got them from radio-shack or you could find some on eBay. And for a robot you wish to function as a robot i would suggest using a stronger material for the hand such as hinged metal or a hard plastic/
where did you buy the tubing???? ps can i use this at an invention convention 4 my school???
wire conduit, auto parts or hardware store.. or if you goto a junkyard there is tons under hood of almost any car from 82 present day.. newer cars, much more, and will have from 1/8&quot;-1.5&quot; pieces.. and typical junkyards just give it away.. <br>
The tubing i bought has a cut going down the entire length. Is there a simple fix?
hmm, seeming as it is already invented... I would think not. it is probably already copyrighted by somebody and you just might get sued
Ok the plastic piping that i bought has a slit running down the whole length of the tube, so wires can be inserted. It is like you just cut a straight line down the entire side. Would this work, and if not, could i tape it together?

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