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Old 09-26-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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I've seen a craft bee that hangs from a coil spring. I've also seen dolls made of wood cutouts that had those springs for legs or arms with wooden shoes or hands attached. I would like to find these lightweight springs that resemble slinky's to hang my halloween bats from the trees so they bounce. Does anyone know where to find them?

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Hi dklunde. Are they smaller than a Slinky? I wonder if you could cut a Slinky into pieces for what you need.

I don't remember ever seeing springs for sale in any craft stores.

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Yes...they are about the size of the spring on a screen door. And very loose so the bee bounces around.
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I haven't done a Google search, but it seems like there would be some online stores that have a variety of springs. Although that's something you'd probably want to hold in your hand to see if it has the right bounce to it.

Did you try using some thin wire and wrapping it around a tube to make a spring? That might be pretty easy to do. You can make them any length you want.

Check at a hardware store. Probably a small hardware would carry them before a big store like Lowe's or Home Depot. A smaller store like Ace Hardware might even be able to order them for you or tell you where to buy them.

Also try www.diychatroom.com and post your question in the 'General Discussion' forum.

But make sure you come back here to let us know what you find out and we'd LOVE to see a picture of your bats .

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Well, I think I posted them. I made them last year out of small gourds. But then this year I was in the dollar store and they had gourds made out of styrofoam like stuff and they were the same size. Last year it was warm at Halloween for a couple weeks...and the gourds turned mushy and fell out of the trees because of the weight. These fake ones should help, and when I saw the bees I thought it would be great if they could bounce in the wind also. I suppose swinging from the fishline is ok...but I just wanted to try it. But indoors they wouldnt have wind...

We have a true value hardware here...I'll try there. Lowe's had nothing. I've been searching online, but no luck so far. Trying different names.
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go to your local grocery store to the meat department and ask them if they have any huge rubber bands. cut it and it'll be over a foot long and springy as heck!
the same store may also have huge rubber bands in the garbage bag aisle (to strap the plastic bags to containers.) hey! look what I just found!

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I have a brand new pkg. right here! lol

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