# Create a Perfect Circle Without Tracing

Need to draw a perfect circle, but don't have anything to trace? You can create a circle with a compass or even just with a pencil and eraser.

## Contents

## Steps

### Compass

- Find a drafting compass. You can buy one at office supply or drafting supply stores.
- Put your pencil in the open leg of the compass.
- Adjust the compass for the radius of your circle. For a bigger circle, spread the compass wider.
- Set the stationary leg of the compass where you want the middle of the circle.
- Keep the stationary leg stable as you move the pencil leg around in a circle.

### Pencil Tip

- Choose a well-sharpened pencil.
- Choose a piece of paper. Place the paper on a flat, clean surface. The easier the surface is to move the paper on, the better, such as a well-polished table. Also, be sure to have plenty of space to be able to move the paper on the work surface.
- Place the pencil on the paper. Press down on the point where the exposed wood on the pencil meets the painted part.
- Have the tip of the pencil touch the paper, so that the eraser end is sticking up.
- Rotate the paper. While your index finger is holding the edge of the pencil described in Step 3, rotate the paper beneath the pencil with your free hand.
- Continue the rotation until a full circle is formed.
- Congratulations! You have now completed your circle.

### Square

- Draw a square.
- Divide the square equally into 4 smaller squares using a pencil and ruler.
- Draw round lines in one smaller square. Start from one end of a bisecting line and take the half circle shape up to the next bisecting line, with the rounded edge sitting against the edge of the large outer square.
- Repeat for each small square until one large circle has been created inside the large square.
- Erase the square lines. Leave behind the circle.

## Tips

- Make sure the paper doesn't move from the central point while you're turning it, or you could end up with a spiral design.
- Don't be disappointed if you end up with a slight spiral design, you just need to press down on the pencil harder.
- Keep your hand steady!
- For a perfect circle, use a compass.

## Things You'll Need

- Paper
- Pencil
- Clean and flat work surface
- Drafting compass (optional)

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