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21 December 2004 @ 03:36 am
Ok, I'm looking to cosplay as Ed. I'm determined to create my own metal arm. Any idea what type of metal I should use? Has anyone here tried creating an arm?
Also, if I do give up, can anyone tell me the japanese site where I can order one. I recall seeing one.
angsty lemon ukewabisuke on December 21st, 2004 12:47 am (UTC)

Ummmm...I've attempted the arm (KEY WORD ATTEMPTED) once. I used craft foam and acrylic paint. It worked rather well until it fell apart since I made the chest piece too small and everything else was connected to that. Fortunatly, I DO know that this material works (others have succeeded, including the Japanese) rather well. I'm attempting it again, this time with a spray-paint primer so the paint doesn't soak in. Zrana~~~ post your guide again? I'm really bad at explaining how the thing fits together.

As for actually making it out of metal, no idea. I don't make sense after 11pm. Whee.
angsty lemon ukewabisuke on December 21st, 2004 01:21 am (UTC)
huzzah! =DDDDD
Daneryoga_sama on December 21st, 2004 01:46 am (UTC)
That looks frickin awesome. This will help me greatly. Awesome job on ur automail.
I am frightenly too much like Ryoga. Except for the whole turning into black piglet. I'm having trouble finding a cursed pond of drowned pig.
CphT, bitches.ladymetaka on December 21st, 2004 12:57 am (UTC)
perhaps sheets of thin aluminum? I dunno.. never tried it before, and I dread ever having to.
Marikaitou_marina on December 21st, 2004 01:00 am (UTC)
I think I heard about someone using craft foam and then putting aluminum sheeting over it before. Who was that? *looks around the comm*
Marikaitou_marina on December 21st, 2004 12:58 am (UTC)
As for the "official" Japanese one, good luck finding it. I don't think you can actually order it anywhere. I think the only place you can find it is on eBay. There, it goes for upwards of $200, which is probably what it's going to cost you even if you could order it from somewhere. It's REALLY rare, only a small number were made.
Zranazrana on December 21st, 2004 01:19 am (UTC)
and who knows what size person it's made to fit. (and I like my hand I made myself more)
kiraqueen on December 21st, 2004 01:17 am (UTC)
Steel is accurate to the show, but even thin steel has a very high probability of resulting in a very sore arm the day after. (Trust me, I know.)

If you do make it out of metal, make sure it fits properly, doesn't pinch your skin when your arm moves (unless you want some really scary bruises that look disturbingly like hickeys) and is padded at pressure points.
Daneryoga_sama on December 21st, 2004 01:52 am (UTC)
Nice, care to tell how you made it?
kiraqueen on December 21st, 2004 02:01 am (UTC)
Well, I can't take full credit, or really much credit at all, since my prop guy did almost all of the work, but I was there the entire time, so I can tell you. (And about the prop guy, well, he can make props, I can sew, and together we make prop-tacular costumes.)

Step One: Paper pattern. The cheap and easy way is to draw all the pieces that comprise an automail on your arm in sharpie, and trace those lines for a pattern. That's what we did for the upper arm and stuff, and it really worked!

Step Two: Cut out the pieces. We used thin sheet steel cut out with tin snips and hand-filed to remove sharp edges.

Step Three: Shape the metal into its nice curvy shape. I really have little clue how Rahjeem did that, even though I was there, because most of it was arcane poundings with an anvil and hammer, or just bending it into shape with his bare hands. I can't do that... ><

Step Four: Rivet the whole thing together as far as possible. Mine isn't ALL rivets. If you need a piece to move, you can rivet a piece of elastic connecting the pieces. Also rivet a bunch of elastic for a chest strap.

Yeah, that's the oversimplified instructions of the century. (My instructions on how to make a pizza box staff were like 20 steps, and my automail instructions are four...yeesh, I should pay attention when we go and fix it up to make it fit better!)

If it helps, though, we didn't have to weld or heat up metal or anything.
Lunarainy_luna on December 21st, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
Wrap your arm in tinfoil. x_o; S'alll I can contribute to.
Kalika Maxwellkalikamaxwell on December 21st, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
Know somebody who got the real automail and it's rather cheap and sucky. Make your own, it gives you coolness points.
swirling_chaos on December 21st, 2004 04:25 pm (UTC)
As others have said, craft foam and spray paint is the way to go. Metal will only hurt your arm, or at least according to my cousin. >_> Plus, craft foam is cheap and easy to come by, so it's not expensive either. =)

Here's some nice refrence pictures I found:


Hope that helps. =)
Zranazrana on December 21st, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC)
any one wearing real metal should have it padded cuz metal in the sun against your own skin can only lead to bad bad bad things. *remembers a horror story of people with armor at a ren-faire type deal who got bad BAD burns and skinloss when finally removed from their shells*

ANd craft foam is indeed cheap. XD And thus replacable if parts need repaired. *noddles*
swirling_chaos on December 22nd, 2004 04:37 am (UTC)
Ouch. x_X; Glad K-chan and I will be using foam when we make hers, then. ^^;
swirling_chaos on December 21st, 2004 04:27 pm (UTC)
And I'd also reccomend wearing thicker, opaque tights around your arm and leg, since my cousin's friend tried the black tights idea and it looked to light. =\