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The Spiral Draw Book (Klutz) Spiral-bound – January 1, 1948
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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!
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!
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!!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had one of these when I was younger. I bought mine used and the book was colored in and the frame for the wheels was cracked but it still worked fine. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Tally
Spirograph remake that is a bust. Not for kids. Too hard to make anything without it messing up. cute, compact sytle. Only for the super patient.Published 2 months ago by MrsJ
Well-designed parts and book, terrific instructions, adorable illustrations and author.Published 3 months ago by Douglas Stillinger
This. is. amazing.
I gave this to my cousin for Christmas. I felt that she needed a creative outlet, being a child of divorced parents. Read more
I bought this as a gift for my niece. It seemed to be a hit for a while. I am sure like everything else she got bored with it and moved on.Published 8 months ago by Kevin Sochocki