Rotary / Linear Designs

2-3 pendulum patterns may be swept through a large arc by the use of a rotary paper table, which rotates slowly relative to the pendulum movements. Harmonographs created with a rotary table are less common, but the designs are more interesting.

Alternatively, the paper table may move slowly in linear translation to produce a linear design (example at far bottom).

All designs or drawings below are created from a single, continuous line.

The computer-based designs may be swept ‘through phase’ produce a more dynamic harmonograph, as shown in this video. Choose full screen!


Rotary Designs



Linear Designs





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