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Watching intricate geometrical designs unfold under pen and Spirograph gears still feels a bit like
magic, even as I understand the mathematics behind the hypotrochoids. The Spirograph toy was developed by British
engineer Denys Fisher and exhibited at the 1965 Nuremberg International Toy Fair, and it was named Toy of the Year
in 1967. As with any classic toy, it can reach across ages and generations, and in 2013 it was reissued in the US
and Europe. I love the combination of complex lines floating over colorful backgrounds, and these pendants are
pieces from the whole that speak to the grace and symmetry.
These spirodoodles are pen and watercolor sketches, some with stamps, protected under resin, non-toxic
glaze or glass cabachons. However, it should be noted this protection is not perfect and submerging the
pendants in water for more than a few minutes will likely destroy the design. (For example: they will not
survive a washing machine cycle.) I've paired them with standard chains and lovely hand-dyed silk ribbons.
I recommend the ribbons for joy of color and ease of use! Plus, they make terrific wrap bracelets.
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