|How to build your own helping hands.|
This would also be a fun way to keep out and accessible at home.
Here is a short tutorial on how to build your own helping hands. Sorry I don't have photos of the steps I didn't think to take any as I was making them but I think it's easy enough to visualize.
Prom gloves, these came from Clair's, if you can purchase cotton ones, the silky ones snag easily. This style had elastic run up both sides and it made it easy to stretch them to the desired height.
2 1/2 inch dowels cut to whatever height you would like. I cut mine to different heights it looks nice visually.
4x4 beveled edge squares for a stable base that can be clamped to your table if you are outside in the wind, these came from Hobby Lobby.
Paint for the base and dowel.
Long screws to screw the base to the dowels.
Fiber fill or cotton batting
14 gauge copper wire
1. You will need to drill a hole through the center of the base and the center of the top and bottom of the dowel. Attach the base to the dowel making sure these are screwed in flush so that the arm will set level.
2. Paint the base/dowel pieces with your choice of color, I used brown.
3. The gloves come with a cardboard insert and I used this as a pattern to bend some heavy gauge copper wire into the finger shape. Leave a tail a few inches long on each end of your hand shape so that you can easily sick them into the top center of the dowel. Adjust shape as needed to make the hand look somewhat natural.
4. Wrap the fingers and hand lightly with some of your fiber fill or batting. Pull a rubber glove on over this and when you get the hand looking like you want. Staple the rubber glove in place onto the dowel. I did this so that the batting would be less likely to move when I was trying to get the glove on.
5. Pull the fabric glove onto the hand you have created and shimmy it down over the dowel as far as you can, using your staple gun secure it to your dowel. If you got gloves with the gathering you can hide the staples in the ripples if not just hide them in the side seams.
Ta-Da now you have some extra hands to take to the shows.