How to Draw a Classical Finger Labyrinth

I have already seen many pictures of finger labyrinths on the internet. Mostly they are made of wood or ceramics. They show the way in the labyrinth, Ariadne’s thread.
I do not like many of them. Especially the last part of the way, the entrance to the center, is often not so satisfactory. This is not very clear in some finger labyrinths; the path often runs from the side rather than from the bottom and perpendicular to the center.

That’s why I would like to present some own ideas on that.
In the classical 7 circuit labyrinth, the center is usually only as wide as the path itself and therefore less accentuated. That’s why I prefer to choose a slightly larger center, as we have it in the Knidos style. But not four times the axle width, but only the double.

That’s how it looks:

Ariadne's thread in Knidos style

Ariadne’s thread in Knidos style

The turning points are slightly shifted, the center is slightly enlarged. As a result, the last piece of the path runs perpendicular to the center.

In addition, the classical 7 circuit labyrinth can be centered very well. Since the first and the last part of the path are on the 3rd and 5th ambulatory.

That’s how it looks:

Ariadne's thread centered for a finger labyrinth

Ariadne’s thread centered for a finger labyrinth

The four turning points are shifted a bit more.
The empty space in the interior also is a bit more distorted.

Below is a kind of preview drawing for a round labyrinth of 33 cm diameter with all construction elements.

However, the dimensions are very well scalable. That is, for a smaller labyrinth, I use a corresponding scaling factor, which multiplies all measures.

For example, if I want it to be half the size, I multiply all measurements by 0.5.

If I want to reach a certain size, I determine the required scaling factor by dividing this size by 33 cm.

For a desired diameter of 21 cm, e.g. I calculate the scaling factor as follows: 21 cm : 33 cm = 0.636. I then multiply all the measurements with 0.636.

To convert the cm to inches, I divide by 2.54: The diameter becomes 33 : 2.54 = 13 inches.

Note for my inch-using visitors: Simply replace the measure unit “cm” by “inch” in the drawing and then calculate the desired size of your labyrinth as described above.

Design drawing

Design drawing

Here you might see, print or download it as a PDF file

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4 thoughts on “How to Draw a Classical Finger Labyrinth

  1. Pingback: How to Calculate the Classical 7 Circuit Labyrinth | blogmymaze

  2. Good Gosh, I’ve spent 4 HOURS today, trying to find one to purchase that’s to my liking; not terribly small for my 59 year old arthritic eyes in hands, but not so large it requires a table-top either. 7in in diameter seems to be comfortably small, and I do so appreciate your shifting of the turns pause indicated here. Being tactile and sensuous as I am, one of thick leather possibly suede appeals but so does a quilted one in raw silk. My compliments, thank you for this detailed discussion.


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