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Swing-o-graph – draw with a pendulum / swing

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@The NYC Toy fair 2008 I saw the German made “Swing-o-graph” – the pictures pretty much explain it all, but just in case – you put the marker/pen in the holder, a “swing” moves the paper around and creates spirograph-like designs. This is one of the products that might fall in to a (re)make – a few of the toys/kits at the Toy Fair might be fun to do on your own.

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22 thoughts on “Swing-o-graph – draw with a pendulum / swing

  1. This looks like something I’ve been reading about lately. A “Harmonograph”. There are several links and a couple of books out there that show you how to make them.

  2. This is not a new idea–The science center at the
    Seattle Space Needle had a big one in the 1970’s that drew on 3′ square sheets of poster board..the Cheboygan, MI High School art dept. had a big one on
    display in the School library around 1980–you could add weights to the platform to change the characteristics….

    1. that’s right AP. I think the difference is that with the Swing-o-graph it is the paper that moves and the pen is still. With the spiro-graph the paper stays still and the pen moves.

  3. I am in the process of re-furbishing my 1970’s Swing-o-Graph to amuse my grandchildren. I have the original packaging (& pens which STILL work!)On the box lid it says “Awarded the gold medal at the 1970 International Inventors Exhibition in Brussels” I cannot understand why a modern version is not available in shops today.

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