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How-To: Map Hands

Have you ever looked at the lines that stretch across the palms of your hands? They resemble a road map, with intersecting pathways and curves, telling where you have been and where you are going. Using the shape of your hand, you can create a sculpture that translates the lines on your hand into actual maps. You’ll just need a few simple materials you can find around your apartment.

What you’ll need:

Armature wire
Construction paper
Masking tape
Wire cutters


1. Using a marker, trace your hand on the front of the construction paper.

2. Cut lengths of armature wire and tape into place where your fingers would normally go down to the wrist.

3. Using scissors, cut out the tracing of your hand.

4. Apply glue to the side without the armature wires and tape. 

5. Choose a section of a map and place it face down.  Place the construction paper hand glue side down onto the back of your map.

6. Cut around the hand to remove the excess map.

7. Create a base with the long wire (about a 12”) and attach it to the middle of the wrist area. Bend it into a stand.

8. Bend your hand into different gestures to give it a natural look.

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