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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.
PREREQUISITE: Intermediate metalsmithing skills. Students should be comfortable with basic bench processes like drilling, sawing, filing, and assembling small parts.
TOOLS STUDENTS WILL NEED:
Jeweler’s saw with #3/0 blades
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
Printer for printing templates
A materials kit for this class is available for purchase on my website nashquinn.com. 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
QUESTIONS? Please contact Artist Assistant (TBA)
June 3, 2023
June 4, 2023
Nash Quinn is a metalsmith who specializes in pattern-formed enameled vessels and smallscale spring-based mechanisms. Originally from Wyoming, he earned his BFA from the University of Wyoming and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He teaches, lectures, and exhibits his work at craft schools, universities, and jewelry institutes nationwide. Nash currently lives in Houston, TX.