It lives!!! Now my plans to destroy the world via a very indirect and overly complicated method can be realized!
The hand is constructed, primarily, from aluminum. I cut the individual components and the frame from aluminum bar-stock. Also involved where some springs, thin steel cable, a short length of black ABS pipe and a bit of Velcro!
And this is what it looks like with the parts put together! I've been making some modifications to it recently and will post an update sometime soon.
Now it's time to start throwing things around and laughing like a madman!!