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DIY Wolverine Claws
These are the claws you'll be creating. Note how they come directly out of his knuckles. I made my set because I really wanted to be Wolverine for a Halloween party this year, but could not find realistic claws for a reasonable price.
For this DIY you will need:
- Cheap store bought Wolverine claws. The claws that I found (which this tip is about) had very ugly flesh toned coverings for the hands and I did not want that false kind of look.
- A grinder
- A wire hanger
- Wire cutters
- Super glue
- A wood/plastic piece
Remove the claws from the flesh colored cover by breaking the plastic pin on the inside. Take the claw and grind back the base of the claw until it looks like the one pictured above. Sand the plastic of the area you ground down with sand paper to prevent discomfort.
Next, clip and bend a 3 inch piece of wire from the hanger. Then bend and fit the wire to the bend at the base of the claw. Bend the excess wire back toward the base of the claw so that it makes a 90 degree angle like the one above. Secure the wire to the claw with super glue.
Repeat this process on the remaining five claws. Make sure that the 90 degree bend in the wire fits to the curve of your knuckles. You can also use tape to secure the wire while it dries.
Next prep your wood or plastic piece. Here I have used wood because it was easier to get. It should be about 1x2 inches and approximately 1/4 of an inches thick. As you can see, I drilled three holes through the wood so that I could mount the wires inside of it but that is optional.
If you can't drill holes in your grip, you can secure the wires to the base using super glue. Glueing the wires might be easier but it might also be less stable.
Now you can insert the wires into the grip. I used super glue within the holes so that the grip would remain secure and the claws don't move on my hand.
Let the claws dry, perhaps over night. Finally, adjust the claws to your own hand by bending the wires.
View of the palm. Granted, the claws are not going to look extremely realistic like in the movie, due to the special effects and enhancements. My hands are also very small so the claws look a bit obscure when I wear them, but I will surely enjoy this for $20 rather than $100.
Note: Claws are not intended for scratching , stabbing, or slashing as they are not real blades.
If you wish to contact me to ask about this tip, you can email me at any time and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.