How do you make new brass springs?

POWERSTROKE

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Like the ones for gong levers and perches?
 

glenhead

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Get a couple of rolls of brass spring wire. Otto Frei has three different gauges:
Brass spring wire

It's made from harder brass that's drawn out and then not annealed, so it holds a good spring action.

I have the two lighter ones, 26 and 24 gauge. So far they've done the trick without going to the 22 gauge.

Hope this helps.

Glen
 

John P

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Wind the wire tightly around a finishing nail . Leave enough on the ends to bend the hooks.

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Thin wire for levers, thick for hammers. I just wrap them around the arbor they are "helping". Most of the suppliers have different sizes.
 
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Schatznut

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I recommend phosphor bronze spring wire - it holds its shape and retains its spring constant very well. Try forming the wire around a mandrel smaller than the finished diameter you need as it will relax after you wind it.
 
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