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Hole Size and Pen Size – What Difference Does It Make? — 8 Comments

  1. I am from the old school of when this wonderful invention first started. Now I am 50 and am in need of some new designs and what better place to look is back in time to Spirograph. What I need is a site that shows what design each and every hole actually makes. I thought there used to be a book in with the set that told you this info . I do not see any booklet like that, so I was wondering is there a place on the net? Thanks for any help!

    • If you still have the original box, look on the inside of the lid. It shows the pattern of every wheel for both rings (hole #1). The new set has the same diagrams in the booklet that comes with it. My old Super Spirograph is minus its lid, which may have had those drawings; they aren’t in its booklet.

      I’ve just made a table showing the number of points (, but it includes numbers of wheels that aren’t in a Spirograph set. I’ll do a simpler chart with just Spirograph (one day soon).

      • Thank you so much for taking the time to help me. I wish I still had the original box. I went to Toys-R- Us and bought a new addition. A 3-D version. Still nothing is ever better than the first. Lol. Again Thanks Heather. 🙂

        • It’s comments like this that tell me about things I should put on this site. So thanks for the feedback. I’ll put it on my to-do list to reproduce the pattern guide for all the wheels.

  2. When I was reading your review that compared the new Spirograph Deluxe Set with your old set, and again as I was looking at your examples on this post, it occurred to me that the size of the pen nib needs to match the size of the holes in the wheels as closely as possible. If the tip of the pen is much smaller then you will get the problem you’ve encountered, where the extra freedom of movement that the pen has in the larger holes of the newer sets results in “sloppier” designs”.

    How do the tips of the pens that come with the new sets compare to the holes in the wheels? Do the designs made using those pens suffer from the same problem?

  3. Can’t you make parallel lines by using the same wheel eg. 64 in 96. First use the old wheel 64 lined up with the mark then line up the same hole with the same bark on the new wheel?

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