An aperture-inspired intricate circle master worth treasuring!

The aperture is perhaps one of the most beautiful parts of a camera to look at. It takes inspiration, of course, from the way the aperture of your eyes open and close to let more or less light in. That mechanism is a thing of sheer beauty, and with the Iris drawing tool, it finds itself in a new avatar. Meet Iris, a refreshingly different circle-maker that has me obsessing over geometric drawings all over again.

The Iris comes with a rotating ring and 20 individual aperture lids. Turn the outer ring and the lids move, causing the circular void in their center to expand or contract. Designed to make drawing circles more intuitive and fun, without piercing the paper as you would with a compass, the Iris comes with a guide engraved on the side of the metallic ring, allowing you to control the size of the circle to the nearest millimeter, while going all the way from a minimum of 0mm to a maximum of 70mm.

An unusually beautiful looking instrument with a vintage touch, the Iris comes with a sheet metal aperture and a thin, machined brass construction, allowing it to be incredibly thin yet precise, with just the right tolerances to enable the aperture to open and close gracefully. The Iris also comes with a wooden stand that allows you to put it on display. The stand, aside from being a platform for the trophy-like Iris, also serves as an aligning tool, allowing you to position the Iris with respect to any given center… unlike those run-of-the-mill compasses which left bullet-wounds in our paper.

Compatible with all drawing tools from pencils to pens, the Iris is less of a geometry tool and more of a precious keepsake… one that also allows you to make the most beautifully perfect circles your eyes have ever seen!

Designer: Odin Ardagh

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About Iris

The Iris by Makers Cabinet is your perfect tool for drawing and measuring circles. Simply rotate the rings to open and close its captivating aperture mechanism. Iris will inspire you with every stroke of your pencil.

A Tool to Inspire

Makers Cabinet believe that drawing and writing tools should guide the path towards creativity rather than limit its potential. Instead of being a burdening generic tool the Iris is intuitive and unique. Its mesmerizing mechanism sparks delight in everyone that sees it open and close. They believe that the Iris helps rejuvenate the flow of creativity at moments of mental block.

The Inspiration

They noticed that camera apertures were reliable mechanisms and were surprised that they had not yet been developed for other purposes. In response to this observation, they designed an instrument that brings the quality of the camera aperture to your desk.


The mechanism of the camera aperture has endured 200 years of photographic history. Owing to this resilience, the Iris is the perfect replacement to the inadequate rotary drawing compass.

Rotary compasses are:

– Difficult to hold
– Useless without a ruler
– Restricted to certain mark-making tools
– Immortalised by the holes in our pages

Iris is:

– Easy to use
– Compatible with any mark-making tool
– An accurate measuring instrument
– Seamless on your page

Design, Materaiality & Craft

Its rings are machined from solid brass that patinas, improving with time and use. The leaves are resistant to ink and graphite as they are stamped from carefully selected stainless spring steel that retains its shape. The Iris houses twenty intricately designed leaves that enable you to create accurate circles with every stroke of your pencil.


The base locates the centre-point of a circle. To achieve this, simply lay the Iris flat on your surface and place the base against the inside of the aperture. This added feature enables you to take your drawings to the next level.

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