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How would one go about building a puzzle lock like the ones you have to open with the various dragon claws in Skyrim? Answered

 I want to make a working puzzle lock with a little dragon claw key like for some of those doors in Skyrim to be placed on a box...ideally the door would either go down like in the game or simple open out like one of those little tin safe banks I had as a kid :-)  Any idea how I'd go about making one of these?  The simpler the better (even nicer if I can make the parts cheap or get them at a good cost, lol)  If you haven't yet tried Skyrim and thus have no idea what I'm talking about, if you go to youtube and type "golden claw puzzle" in their search it shows the "door lock" in action.

Thanks in advance!



6 years ago

In the game the claw opens a go through door.
How big a box and strong are you thinking of ??
Iv seen paper mache 3' diameter combination like locks.
Anyway thanks for introducing me to Skyrim :-)


I'm going to be doing an Elder Scrolls craft swap this month over at craftster and I'm hoping to to a jewelry box roughly the size of a shoe/boot box for my swap partner :-) I thought it was giggle worthy and I'd really like it to be as close to the functionality of the actual lock in the game as I can get.

You'll enjoy Skyrim, hubby and I have both been playing it and now some of our friends are because it's a bit contagious :-)

The hardest part of your gate is the concentric rings.
They have to be stronger then hard board and marine plywood is too much.
That leaves materials like ;
  • Plastic
  • Masonite
  • Fiberglass
  • Epoxy
  • Soft metals
  • Wax
  • Clay
What material do you like to work ?

I have worked with polymer clay before and in the right thickness I think it would be strong enough for the rings the added benefit of course being I can use a simple paper template, cut the soft clay, and bake. The great news is that I've already found a dragons claw that I am going to flesh out today and make a mould of, it comes from one of my sons old toys and I don't think he'll be needing it anytime soon as he has purged his former Bionicle collection since he's about to be 17, lol.


Neat Claw, Polymer clay is excellent , this ible using magnets for a lock would be my first re-purpose design try.
Some of those Bionicle toys had programmable controls.
If you wanted to try electric locks using several reed switches.

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