I absolutely adored creating artwork with a Spirograph when I was growing up. There was something innately soothing and meditative about the gentle motion of a hand creating beautiful imagery as if out of magic. But plastic pieces wore down, parts got lost, and I moved on to other things.
Now that I’m an adult, I find myself drawn back to creating mandalas and other forms of meditative artwork. I was thrilled when I saw that Spirograph had a die-cast metal version of their “toy”. Something that could hold up to more serious efforts and be an art tool.
I posted a video of the unboxing so you can see exactly what is included. The pieces are SOLID METAL and quite heavy and sturdy. It’s important to note that this means they are not super-light plastic and therefore take a little attention to move around smoothly. That’s to be expected.
The kit comes with putty so you can hold down the outer ring while you move the inner ring. I haven’t had any problems at all with the inner ring moving, with the teeth connecting, etc. Yes, it takes a little practice, but so does any kit like this. I love that the solid metal construction means this isn’t going to wear away quickly or break like my plastic kits would.
If you have an artist in your life who is just getting into Spirograph, maybe get them a plastic kit to see if they’re even interested in doing this at all. But if you have an artist who truly enjoys doing this kind of meditative artwork, the metal set is well worth the price.
My only complaint is it only comes with the small outer ring meaning the maximum size you can create (using the inner area) is under 2 1/2 inches across. That’s fairly small. They really should have included larger sizes so someone who is serious about making Spirograph shapes has more flexibility. But still, at least this exists at all.