Us collectors and Goo-heads all know how difficult it is to keep an inventory of extra springs.
And then there are the 4/5 Sizes to contend with.
I have experimented with a few replacement solutions.
If you're doing a redo of a grande, you have a couple options.
You can use one of these stainless sink strainers (available at home centers and Walmart)
Turned upside down with mesh facing upwards
I simply add a few dabs of silicone to the bottom of the strainer to hold it in place.
Use a mechanic tool grabber to set in place onto a clean dry globe
And so obvious and easy, its a wonder I haven't thought of it before.
Stainless Steel Ball Bearings.
Here is how one worked out in a recent lamp redo
As you can see, the proper number of them is needed to fit perfectly
1) make sure they are a Food Industry Grande 430 or better of Stainless Steel
2) Clean them with Acetone and then hot water and dawn to decrease them