Wolverine claw questions both sail needles and hair pins
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Wolverine claw questions both sail needles and hair pins

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curious about trying to cut sail needles for wolverine's claws, what would you recommend? I have some pliers, but think it would take bolt cutters to cut them easier. Would that damage them? I am just a bit timid about cutting them with certain things and have a piece fly at me, even with safety glasses.
Also I have some hair pins I have cut and wanted to shape up, what dremel tool would you recommend, that would not get damaged? Or should I get an extra bit just for that?
Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by Cosmic Fantasy Customs
on Thursday, July 28, 2011
User Comments
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I found that tech very useful and will adopt it for all work with metal now.
Automatauntaun -
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I totally missed this thread? All awesome stuff.
As for catching parts, I just put them down and cup my hand over it.
But the cloth shot thing sounds good.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I'll let you know as soon as I get them, if I can do anything just let me know. thanks again really syked.
Ole Jade Jaw -
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
They're Comin at ya! I think you'll be psyched. I got a bit carried away experimenting with the grinder in the shop... You'll see what I mean...
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
these needles I am working with are made of incrediblely hard steel and just wanted to save myself the added frustration and hand pain, if possible. I like the bobby pin method, that are smaller than the claws I am working on, but can't find flat ones where I am from. For some reason the are rounded and don't work right. When you can post definitely put them in the custom workstation, love seeing your work.
Incom -
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Aren't needles made of very hard steel? I recently made some claws for a ML seires 3 Wolverine I'm working on and I used bobby pins (hair pins), following a tutorial by Kyle Robinson. It's on his site, do check it out.

I've got a picture of Wolvie's new hardware on my blog (incom-t65[dot]blogspot[dot]com)*. The bobby pins look pretty darn cool and in scale as well.


* sorry, I'm still a newbie here, can't post actual links yet....
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Sunday, July 31, 2011
awesome looking, love the new metal and PMd you.
Ole Jade Jaw -
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Actually just cleaned em up and honed them. Want them? Pm me an address. I don't plan on using them, I really just wanted to see if I could make em. Thinking about making sets for auctioning off...maybe.

Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I like the worn and fighting look to them also the honing of the claws. gives it an interesting look, I was planning on trying to make them attach near the top of the hand, with the claw guards to cover the bottom of the claw and use a magnet to attach to the hand. I like those , do you have a pic outside of the hand? are you using a grinder or a dremel? thought about an angle grinder would be good for cutting metal, fast demo and some new concepts/ideas.
Ole Jade Jaw -
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Hey dude,

What do you think? Paint and shadow them and I think they will look pretty cool.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Saturday, July 30, 2011
here are some of the claws and tools I am working with. I used the big yellow plier to cut the top flat claws and they had a hard time cutting them, the lower did not have as much of a problem. I just wanted to show how thick the sail needles are, and just had not tried to cut them yet. Like I mentioned before I thought about using bolt cutters instead to make it easier and hoped for a cleaner cut than the other pliers. let me know what you think and thanks for all your help.



Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Friday, July 29, 2011
thanks thats another solid idea, I will also check that section out. thanks everyone.
RedRebelCustoms -
Friday, July 29, 2011
Oh and similarily when I cut sprues I use a plastic baggy so parts don't go flying but you can still see what your cutting!
RedRebelCustoms -
Friday, July 29, 2011
I always get a small cup hold it inside then cober it in cloth. The cup catches it. Be careful sharpening though. See my comment in the ouch posts for that story
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Friday, July 29, 2011
thanks great tip, did not think of that. much appreciated.
getsa -
Friday, July 29, 2011
as for the flying pieces when you cut off the metal needles and pins, you could use a t-shirt or any cloth to cover it. just put your hands inside the t-shirt or a towel when cutting them, this will also save you time as you won't have to search for the pieces that flew off. also, wear safety goggles just to make sure.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Thanks for the help and that sounds absolutely awesome if you could help out. I was planning on making 2 styles to go with my Marvel Legend wolvies and if you do that, that makes 3 and they say the more the merrier. I also love the style of those claws, one of my favorite stories. The sail needles are pretty big, you can look at jin's and horton heroes wolverines for the claws. I will also post a pick to show the size and the other pins to show what I was shooting for. Trying to cut the hair pins I had was crazy, but they are from the 70s or 80s and made of a better metal, but can still bend if not careful. I also would not say that you are not a great painter, you have a great comic/cartoon style, like mine. Love your works also, huge hulk fan myself and have more coming. You should check out my wips page and my photobucket if you have not already. Just let me know what you would like to do, or want for them. thanks again.
Ole Jade Jaw -
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Hey buddy. A reg pair of dykes (electricians wire cutters) will cut most small steel. The needles are most likely hardened steel, so close the dykes with one hand and keep the other cupped over, between them and your face. The cutoff will probably fly. As for shaping, it can be done but bobby pins are spring steel, so they will bend, but you might need 2 pairs of pliers. The sharpened edge of the blade could be done with a sanding drum on the dremel. I was actually thinking of making some claws but I don't have any plans on a Wolvie. (I just like machining stuff, and I'm not a great painter, so I try to do neat alternate stuff) Would you be interested in them or are you psyched to make em yourself? If interested, which scale are you in, and what style? I was thinking about doing the flat, wide Mcfarlane style from Incred. 340 cover. Let me know.
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