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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.
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.