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The Spiral Draw Book (Klutz) Spiral-bound – January 1, 1948

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Klutz
  • Spiral-bound: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Klutz; SPI edition (January 1, 1948)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570549605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570549601
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on July 26, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I got interested in drawing spiral images like the old-time Spirograph, and began looking for a set to do it with. It was quite a struggle! I have not tried the deluxe or any models of the Spirograph, but the reviews of the current ones made me very uncertain.

The reviews of this product contained some uncertainties, too, but I read carefully, and decided to try it. Wow! Am I glad I did get one! It is awesome!

I think the problem some people are having is that they are not using it on a completely flat surface. And you have to hold the frame down firmly, not let it slip when you are partway around. You also have to set the circle and the frame in the right order, and right sides up.

The instructions for how to do this are in the book, short, simple, and clear. The only confusion I can see is that if you did the suggested drawings in the book without removing the plastic container on the front that holds the tools, at least half of the time you would not be drawing on a flat surface.

You also need specific ink pens like the ones that come with the set, in order to do the swirling patterns through the wheels. No felt-tip pens. The gel ink pens that come with it are great! And I found some gel ink ballpoints at Hobby Lobby that work well, too.

I bought a very inexpensive spiral draw set and found out from it two more GREAT things about this set. First, you can see through the drawing wheels. The cheap set I bought has solid wheels, and you can't see a thing. That means you don't even know where you are in the pattern.

Second, this set has various shapes included in the wheels, not just dots. That vastly increases the number and quality of the results.

If you have interest in a spiral drawing set, this one is wonderful!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Heather Hilburn on September 6, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This is a fun little book that kept me entertained at work while waiting for phone calls. I must have used every piece of scrap paper in a five-desk radius! It could be tricky to use, sometimes, since the pressure must be just right and the angle you're drawing at correct. But that was onle 1% of the doodles, and usualyl I wasn't paying attention. Otherwise I posted them to my walls and left htem on other people's desks.

I wish normal Spirographs had different shapes like this one does. Of if this one came with different wheels and Spirograph-styled holes. Ah, well, it's an imperfect world, but it's a perfect toy!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
Like most other reviewers, I have fond memories of hours and hours of doodling fun with my spirograph. I also remember being frustrated by slipping mechanisms and ruining my work. This system really works much better. I have five girls ages 5-13 who all got good results (the younger ones not so perfect yet)pretty quickly (same day). Even my younger ones' mistakes are pretty. They've made things that look like spiral seashells.

The very best parts to me? The larger holes allow the drawer to use anything from sharp pencils up to blunt markers (unlike the tiny holes of the original which only allowed sharp pencils or ball point pens), so you can make beautiful brightly colored designs. Also great is how the frame has slightly rubbered feet to avoid slippage and little holes to mark with pencil where you placed the frame so that if you lift it to change gears you can easily place it back again and not be off center. It's nice thick plastic, so there isn't the slipping under the frame (unless you're not working on a hard flat surface) that seems to be the common complaint with other systems. If you're not able to get it to work, it may be because you're using the exact same drawing motion as with the original spirograph. This system uses a little scrubbing motion (like you're brushing your teeth). Then it works flawlessly (for us).

The one thing I was a little sad to see is that there is only one frame, so you can only make circular designs (no ovals or popsicle sticks or stars -- though I remember as a kid not being able to get those to work very successfully) and there is a pretty limited largest diameter, maybe 4". But that hasn't stopped my girls from spiradoodling away! Has great possibility for drawing designs on CDs with permanent markers!!
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78 of 94 people found the following review helpful By S. Stone on March 28, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
I bought this for my children hoping to share with them the magic I had with my spirograph as a child. I am very sad that it turned out to be a huge waste of time and money. It is so poorly designed that my children (ages 6 and 7) just can't use it. I was sure they just needed to get the hang of it so I spent about an hour one night doing it by myself and I got about 5 designs out of it before I gave up. To make it work you have to put a lot of pressure on the entire frame to keep it from moving and even then the disk kept slipping out from under it and messing up the design. Not to mention the fact that the constant pressure was hard for me to keep up so I don't know how a child is supposed to do it. I guess I will just have to find a real spirograph set from the 70's.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 1, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
I am almost 10. I got this for Christmas and absolutely loved it because you can make so many designs that look really cool. Also the book is nice because... 1) you can actually draw in it; 2) it gives you some helpful tips and tricks; and 3) has ideas for many different decorative designs using different kinds of pens and layering the designs, such as stationery, cards, wrapping paper, scratch designs, what to do with "mistakes," and coffee filter water color designs. The only downside is that it can be hard to hold the frame down while you are drawing. We might get a cork square and use push pins to help hold it in place more easily. It comes with 3 gel pens, but wanted to get some more colorful gel pens for prettier designs. I also made a design dictionary, making one of each design on the 4 disks that are included, so I know what each shape looks like.
My 5 1/2 year old cousin also got one of these and liked it. It was hard for her to hold the frame and draw the designs. She got better with practice and liked the designs that she made.
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