How to Make Small Springs

By Ashley Kurz ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Pencil (rounded, with no flat sides)

Springs are used for many things. The most common form of a spring is a cylindrical coil of wire that bounces when compressed. Springs are used in many types of machinery, vehicles, and even in jewelry. You can easily learn to make small springs for any use with little more than wire. After you have learned the basic process, you can make springs of any size and strength you like.

Cut a length of wire about 12 inches long with a pair of wire cutters.

Hold one end of the wire flush up against the barrel of a pencil.

Grip the other end of the wire with needle-nosed pliers and pull it around the pencil to make the first loop.

Continue looping the wire around the pencil in the same direction. Keep each loop tight to the last as you wrap the wire around.

Slide the coiled wire off of the end of the pencil after you have created your last loop. Your spring is finished.

About the Author

Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.