Among the team of X-Men mutants is James "Logan" Howlett, also known as Wolverine. This superhero's powers include the ability to burst and retract six sharp bone claws from his hands. If you're creating a Wolverine costume or simply want to emulate the character for a day, these blades are a must. Making your own set of Wolverine claws can be done at home with some aluminium, bolts and washers.
Draw two blade sizes on a piece of cardboard, one 35 cm (14 inches) long and the second 30 cm (12 inches) long. These cutouts will later serve as stencils when making the final claw design. Each blade should be about 3.7 to 5 cm (1.5 to 2 inches) wide, designed with a slight curve on either side toward the pointy tip.
On the thick end of each blade, sketch a crescent shape that will fit the curve between your fingers. At the bottom of this curve, use a ten pence piece to trace a circle.This will later be drilled and strung with a bolt to create the handle for the claws. Cut out the designs with scissors.
Trace the cutout blade stencils on a piece of thin aluminium sheet, such as material used to create a door's kick plate. Trace four of the smaller blades and two of the larger ones.
Cut out the traced blades using tin snips. If the blades bend or curve while being snipped, place the metal between two pieces of cardboard and flatten with a rubber mallet.
Use a drill to create holes in the centre of each blade's bottom circle. This is the part you originally created by tracing the ten pence piece. The hole should be about 6 mm (1/4 inch) wide. Ensure the holes are large enough to fit the bolt through.
Thread the bolt through one of the small blade's hole. Stack eight to 10 washers around the bolt, on top of the blade. Place one of the large blades on top of this stack of washers. Test the design to ensure your ring finger can comfortably fit over the bolt and washers between the blades. Stack more washers on top of the long blade and place another small blade on top. Secure the stack in place with a nut threaded onto the end of the bolt. Repeat this process to create a claw for the other hand.
Put the claws on either hand, holding it in place by making a fist around it. The blades should rest in the three spaces between your pinky, ring, middle and pointer fingers.
Instead of using metal to create the claws, design the blades from cardboard and cover them in aluminium foil or spray paint them silver.
Be careful when wearing your Wolverine claws. They should never be used as a weapon or in a fight, even if you're role playing. They are not a toy.
Things you need
- Ten pence piece
- Thin-gauge aluminium sheet
- Tin snips
- Rubber mallet
- Drill with 6 mm (1/4 inch) bit
- 6 mm (1/4 inch) bolts (2)
- 6 mm (1/4 inch) nut (2)