Introduction: Handmade Hand
Another challenge from the Frankenstein200 Workshop!
The human hand is a wonderfully complex and capable apparatus. But now some robots are able to perform many of the tasks accomplished by human hands. Make a handmade hand to see how that can work.
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Step 1: Collect These Materials
- Sheet of stiff cardstock or construction paper
- Two drinking straws
Step 2: Draw Your Hand
Trace an outstretched hand on your sheet of paper. Then cut along the outline.
Step 3: Add Joints
Score and fold the fingers and thumb where the joints would be, so they can bend more easily, like a real hand. Tape a piece of straw to each section of the fingers and thumb, 3 pieces on each finger and 2 pieces on the thumb.
Step 4: Thread the Fingers for Movement
Thread a string through the straw segments on each finger. Tie knot at tip of each finger to hold the string in place. Pull a string to make its finger curl.
Step 5: Make Your Handmade Hand Move
Cut a hole through the palm of the paper hand, and feed each string through the hole. When you pull all the strings together, the hand makes a grasping movement.
Step 6: SHOW US WHAT YOU MADE!
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