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Giant Spring Replica (How-to?) Answered

I'm working on a Halloween prop (though, with what little time I already have, it looks as if I will have to use it next year), a part of which is supposed to be a metal torsion spring. I am at a loss for ideas that would look real. I suppose whatever it is, I could paint it silver. Any help would be appreciated!

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John Smith
John Smith

13 years ago

You could use that foam insulation tubing for copper piping, last time I looked they had several sizes at the hardware store.

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gmoon
gmoon

13 years ago

If you need a larger diameter spring 'wire,' how 'bout those foam tubes that kids take swimming?

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Bran
Bran

Reply 13 years ago

Good idea - I'll try to calculate the approximate diameter soon.

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Patrik
Patrik

13 years ago

Sounds like you just need a flexible tube that you can coil into a spring-looking shape, right? Maybe try a garden hose, painted silver? Painting after you coil it probably works best, otherwise the paint may flake off. If you need it to keep it's own shape, you can try threading a metal wire through the hose before shaping it.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 13 years ago

Sounds good, thanks! Sometime I just get a thinking block!

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Patrik
Patrik

Reply 13 years ago

Doh - Kiteman beat me to it, while I was reading some other forums! :D Ah well... great minds think alike. (Be original - think small-minded!!)

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. If you need a big one, try one of those play tunnels for kids and dogs. . For a small one, something like a dryer vent hose might work. . Can't think of anything for in-between.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 13 years ago

I'm shootin' for around 4 foot long.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

Coiled hose-pipe? If it needs to hold it's own shape, maybe thread a length of hose-pipe with one or more stiff wires before coiling? Papier mache moulded on the outside of a cardboard tube (no gaps in the "spring", though)?