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This looks great! Good luck with it and thanks for posting the photos here!
You could put a mold over the pieces but it would have to be comprised of multiple pieces or else the fingers will be unable to articulate. Think of how medieval gauntlets overlap - it'll probably be something like that Also, the eyehooks protrude pretty far from the fingers in my design - you want to find a lower profile way to rout the wires or the mold will be very wide for its length and make the hand look excessively fat and stubby.
You may have some trouble effectively articulating the elbow and fingers both, and there's also a question of where on your body you would mount the upper arm of the mechanical arm.If you do it though, let me know - I'll be interested to see how you dealt with both.
Certainly you could make it shorter - there's nothing that changes the mechanism because of the length. However, having the forearm brace (the cloth that you strap on) far away from the glove means that pulling the fingers is easier because the arm is held in place more rigidly.
It probably won't cause major problems, but you'll probably want to think about how you're routing the wire to that finger: the more the wire bends at any one point, the quicker it will wear. Try to avoid bends completely if possible, or if you can't, try to route the wire through a few eyehooks so that no one bend is as drastic.
I recommend that the springs have about 1 foot of collective length - you'll have to cut them to size and bend the last coil in order to fit them to the hand, so there's no specific dimension, but each will likely end up in the ballpark of 3/4 of an inch unstretched.
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