Friday, October 18, 2013

DIY runes

The runic alphabet was being used by Nordic and Germanic tribes in Northern Europe as early as the second century B.C.E. Before they were used to form words, they were simply used to represent elements of nature. Today, many people use rune sets like this one for divination as a method to gain insight into a particular situation.

I made these runes using small black stones I gathered up in Northport (at the tip top of the peninsula). For the most part I tried to collect stones of a similar size and shape, but as you can see there are some variations, which I don't really mind, I think it adds character. I cleaned them off in the lake and made sure they were completely dry before adding the symbols. I bought a metallic permanent marker in bronze and used that to draw my shapes. I'm really happy with how these turned out - the marker worked beautifully on the natural texture of the stones and shows up quite well. I'm looking forward to making another set with some variations (I'm thinking of doing the symbols in silver next time). I'm also excited to learn more about rune casting now that I have my own handmade set I can use.

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