FINALLY!!!! it is done, or at least to the point it can be worn. Still haven't figured out if I want to age it or not, or possibly add anything else to it.
This hand will go along with my Steampunk Confederate costume I wore at AWA 2010, and I hope it will be a hit at the next con I take it to!
As is your looking at 70+ hours of work. (avg 8 hours per finger) mostly completed over a 4 week period..lots of sleepless nights due to me being an insomniac!
Total materials cost in aluminum, sheet brass, brass screws, nuts, bolts, leather etc. $100 dollars...and I'm not exaggerating.
The fingers are actually spring loaded with short return springs to make straightening the fingers back out easier and faster when making a fist or just bending individual fingers. It also adds a cool working feature that you can see.
Sufficient to say I don't recommend trying this at home kids, although I'm glad I did it. This thing too WAYYY too much time and I grossly underestimated the materials cost.....BUT I am happy it is done and amazingly I do believe I still have some sanity left, although its questionable if I had any from the start.