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.
<p>I made it yes</p>
Dx I've been to several large hardware stores and can't find (even after asking) any of the tubing. Any help?<br><br>Thanks :)<br>
<p>try Freeman's they have a ton.</p>
Try an automotive store. I work for Napa and we have a bunch of that stuff for wiring cars. Its called wire loom. Make sure you dont get the split loom because it has a slit down the center.
tantraad, could you use straws instead of pipes? <br>
<p>in my point of view sure but yah don't have to?</p>
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:)
<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>aw well I hope he likes it </p>
<p>The videos don't seem to be loading. Is there another place like Youtube where you could post them?</p>
<p>On step 7... in one of the pictures there is a small triangular grey piece. What is that and what is it for?</p>
<p>I think its a piece of the CD case he/she was talking about. Maybe its there to guide the strings?</p>
<p>Looks to me like you hot glue it to connect the fingers to the arm tube.</p>
<p>probably just decoration</p>
<p>Just add few or one motor(s) on the wrist and set it up to pull the strings, now you have a mechanical hand, im willing to make this with motors , and it can be controlled by a glove.</p>
It is very nice
<p>um.. False title.. Says robotic hand, animatronic? But this is cool and i love these. Have a great day</p>
<p>OMG very cool</p>
<p>I'm making it for a science project and whoever made this is a genius!</p>
<p>We made a pair and covered the palms with cell-foam, some auto putty and latex. Thanks for the guide!</p>
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>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!

About This Instructable




Bio: Name: Bård Lund Johansen Engineer, Materials Technology
More by tanntraad:Controlling a keypad matrix via a microcontroller Make an iPod Video Projector Make a remote controlled camera from a cellphone! 
Add instructable to: