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I would like to build some spring snake props (along the lines of David Ginn's suggestions), but I need to find a place to buy spring snakes (or just the compressible springs -- I am likely to cover the springs with my own material). David Ginn used to offer them, but no longer appears to. Can anyone refer me to a source?

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I believe jolly roger sells them.
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I think David Ginn still carries them:

http://ginnmagic.com/Bindex.htm
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Why don't you make your own?

Simple enough.

Then you'll have the length you require and the diameter AND you can tailor make the ends to be round, comical pointed or flat.

Further more you can select the fabric.

Really, they're not difficult to make and a suite - ie with a connective family style whilst retaining individuality - is a professional hallmark.
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Tony, where can you get the right type of springs? I have looked around and can't find them. I found a tutorial that says how to wind your own springs, but it looked pretty dangerous and not worth the trouble.
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Yes, Tony. Where do you get the right springs?

Since I will likely be covering them myself, it would be great if I couls buy just the springs.

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http://www.thomasnet.com/

You can find almost anything on this site.
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On 2007-04-01 13:46, Neznarf wrote:
http://www.thomasnet.com/

You can find almost anything on this site.
Yes, thomasnet.com is a great resource - but that is just a listing service for many industrial sites. Which of those sites sell the proper type of spring, without having to buy a pallet or truckload?
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Any tall grass may harbor a few - but work quickly, they only come out in the spring.
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I have a ton of them and am willing to part with them email me at mcadamsmagic@msn.com and we can work out the details!
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On 2007-04-01 22:37, rossmacrae wrote:
Any tall grass may harbor a few - but work quickly, they only come out in the spring.


It's the right season here but I've had no luck in the tall grass. It's as if someone has driven them all out of the country (well it's too far too slither).

The first one from daytona looked great.

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You can make your own springs from piano wire. You need to find a source of fairly long pieces, though. Wind the springs around a dowel or closet pole. Be careful and wear eye protection.
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On 2007-04-03 12:49, magicgeorge wrote:

It's the right season here but I've had no luck in the tall grass. It's as if someone has driven them all out of the country (well it's too far too slither).

The first one from daytona looked great.

George




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That was great, George! I heard if you use spring snakes in Ireland you have to live at the Guinness factory the rest of your days...is this true?
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BJ Hickman sells a nice one in a can of Ovaltine. Decent size, and made of cloth, not the cheap plastic ones.
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On 2007-04-03 18:00, Bill Palmer wrote:
You can make your own springs from piano wire. You need to find a source of fairly long pieces, though. Wind the springs around a dowel or closet pole. Be careful and wear eye protection.
This can be pretty dangerous, so if you decide to undertake this project read this first:

http://home.earthlink.net/~bazillion/design.html

(note: there are also good sources for springs listed in the "links" section if you decide to skip doing it yourself)
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You could also score some cheap plastic covered ones, ditch the plastic and sew up some cloth covers.

Having made springs in a former life I would say this would probably be the cheaper, easier, and less heartbreaking, way to go. YMMV

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Let's dig this up again, because I've recently acquired a Goofus Plant. It came with what looks like original Supreme Magic instructions, which describe 5 spring snakes, but this only came with two. I would really like to use 5 smaller (about 12 inch) spring snakes, preferably with different colors. But all these posts are old and/or have expired links. Derek Rutt is gone, Jolly Roger seems to have only his books listed on his products page, and nothing on Ginn's website as well. Who sells good quality cloth spring snakes? I'd prefer to have them already made, as I don't have the time or talent to do it myself.
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Here are the snakes I have used. http://www.icklepicklemagic.com/store/in......t_id=245
Not sure how they match up with your specific needs.
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