Sun Jifa, a 51-year-old man from China, lost both of his hands in a bomb blast and couldn’t afford to purchase pricey prosthetic replacements. So, he used scrap metal and built himself a set in his own garage. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Sun spent eight years making prototypes before finally creating a pair of metal hands which can grip and hold thanks to a series of wires and pulleys inside the shell. ‘I control them with movements from my elbows and I can work, love normally and feed myself just like anyone else,’ explained the real life tin man.

‘The only drawback is that steel is quite heavy so they’re tiring to wear and get hot or cold in the extremes of summer and winter,’ added Sun. Now he plans to develop the design for other similarly disabled people. ‘I made this from scrap metal for virtually nothing. There is no need to pay hospitals a fortune,’ he said.