Spring-Based Mechanisms


Nash Quinn


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


2 Day Workshop

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Course 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.

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


  • 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 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)

Course Schedule

June 3, 2023
June 4, 2023

Nash Quinn

Nash Quinn

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.