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Spring-Based Mechanisms


Nash Quinn

Saturday - Sunday
June 3-4, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

2 Day Workshop


Class Description

Springs are an essential component of many types of mechanical objects. They can be used to create dramatic movement, secure connections, and ensure the longevity of moving parts. In this two-day online workshop, students will learn all about the different types of springs, as well as the principles that govern their function. To learn how to incorporate spring-based mechanisms in small-scale metalwork, students will create a small catapult toy that incorporates three different types of handmade springs. Technical handouts, templates, and a resource guide will also be provided.

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A recording of the workshop will be  available to all participants for 30 days following the workshop.


Intermediate metalsmithing skills. Students should be comfortable with basic bench processes like drilling, sawing, filing, and assembling small parts.

Materials, Supplies & Tools


  • Jeweler’s saw with #3/0 blades

  • Center punch

  • Flex shaft or drill press

  • #48 drill bit, full set of 1-60 numbered bits recommended

  • Rolling mill or hammer and anvil/bench block

  • Hardened wire cutters suitable for cutting stainless steel

  • Selection of jeweler’s pliers, including round-nose or round-flat pliers

  • Sharpie marker

  • Rubber cement

  • Printer for printing templates


A materials kit for this class is available for purchase on my website This kit costs $35, including USPS priority shipping. The kit contains all the materials necessary to make the sample project, including:

  • 3x3” brass sheet, 16g

  • 1/72 machine screws with nuts, 3/8" long, 6x

  • 24" spring-temper stainless steel wire, 26g

  • 12" brass wire, 18g

**Order your kit ASAP to receive it in time for the workshop.** Kits will be shipped up to and even after the workshop date, but if you want it in time for the class, be sure to order at least a week in advance.

Class Dates

June 3, 2023
June 4, 2023

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