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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.
 
 
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.