How to Make Actual Wolverine Claws

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How to Make Actual Wolverine Claws
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Wolverine is a fictional superhero who first appeared in Marvel's "X-Men" comics, and later in a series of "X-Men" movies and TV shows. Also known as Logan, he possesses super-fast healing powers, animal-keen senses and enhanced physical capabilities. Wolverine's most notable features are the three retractable claws on each hand. These claws form the main part of any Wolverine costume, and you can make a replica pair very easily. Although the actual Wolverine can retract his claws, in reality this would constitute a huge and complex project. The following method allows you to remove the claws easily for drinking and eating at a costume party.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • All purpose craft glue
  • Aluminium foil
  • 1 pair fingerless gloves
  • Superglue

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  1. 1

    Study pictures of Wolverine so you know what you are trying to create. The claws come out from in between the index finger and middle finger, the middle finger and ring finger, and the ring finger and the little finger.

  2. 2

    Draw a claw shape on a piece of cardboard. The claws can be as long or as short as you choose. At the thick end of the claw, draw a small circular shape: the area that you grip in between your fingers. Repeat until you have six claw shapes, then cut them out.

  3. 3

    Paint each claw with an all-purpose craft glue and then wrap aluminium foil around it to create the metallic look.

  4. 4

    Cut three small slits in a fingerless glove, in between the finger knuckles, as mentioned in Step 1. Repeat the step with a second fingerless glove.

  5. 5

    Place a claw inside the glove and push through the slit you made in Step 4. Repeat with all the claws. You should now have the main part of the claw sticking out of the glove, and the round grip hidden away inside the glove to grip the claws in between your fingers. Use the superglue to attach the gloves to the claws where you pushed them through the material. You should now be able to slip the gloves on and off.

Tips and warnings

  • For a more durable, longer lasting set of claws, cover the cardboard in paper mache and allow it to dry before covering in aluminium foil.
  • If you want to use the claws for a child's costume or toy, keep the length of the claws quite short. Also, make the pointed end slightly rounder; otherwise, once the aluminium foil goes on, this point could become a hazard.

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