How to Make Runes out of Pebbles
|A photograph of my runes which I marked using white distemper paint such as this one and then varnished using colorless varnish|
You Will Need:
- 25 pebbles (or 25 if you wish to have that one additional blank one)
- one waterproof felt-tip pen of your favorite color / distemper paint (also any color of your choosing)
- colorless varnish (in case you're not working with the waterproof felt-tip pen)
- Find 24 pebbles roughly the same size and shape (I searched for mine along the beach, but if you don't have a beach nearby then search on nearby hills or along a river. It's all good as long as the stones are fairly round because this makes it easier for you to write/paint on it). Each pebble will later be a rune of its own.
- Sit comfortably with them beside you. Put them aside without ordering them in any way. The point of this is that each pebble chooses for itself which rune it will represent. Place a list of all the runes in front of you, which I will write in my next post along with each of their meanings.
- Randomly pick a pebble from the heap and meditate on it. Thank it for wishing to be one of your runes.
- Look at the first rune on the list. The pebble you are holding will be that rune.
- Take the felt-tip pen you have chosen / the distemper paint (keep in mind that the color has to be visible on the pebbles). Draw the symbol of the first rune on this pebble (or paint it on if you're using distemper paint, but don't use water to make the paint thicker and more visible).
- Put the felt-tip pen / paint brush aside. Let the paint dry a bit (this won't take even a whole minute since both techniques dry very quickly) and meditate on the meaning of this rune (in accordance with what is written on the paper in front of you). Visualize the symbol of this rune merging with the pebble (or basically with whichever material you are using). While doing this, hold the pebble between your hands or keep it covered with one/both hands. You can also visualize it being cleansed of all negativity.
- Repeat this process with each rune taking care to put the finished runes on one side so they don't get mixed with the unfinished ones.
How to Make Wooden Runes
It is advisable that the runes be from the same branch (or larger piece of wood as in this case) and that they be the same shape and size. Wooden runes are usually made by cutting a branch into slices, but you can see that this wasn't the case here. In stead, a wooden plank was cut into rectangles.
You Will Need:
- a cutting board or some other hard material (must be suitable for engraving and/or pyrography)
- a pencil / felt-tip pen (the color depends on how light/dark your material is)
- a ruler / triangle
- a bench vice
- wood saw (preferably a small one)
- sandpaper (just to finely round off the edges)
- a small drill (with a small milling cutter at the end to engrave the signs)
- a soldetron (only if you decide to do pyrography (i.e. draw the symbols by burning the wood in places) or a quality waterproof felt-tip pen (if you decide to draw out the symbols) or acrylic paint for wood (if you decide to paint the symbols on)
- colorless varnish (which you can find in basically any paint & varnish shop, I usually use one of these two boat varnishes: by Chromos or by Tessarol)
- flaxseed oil
- paintbrushes for the paint and varnish
- an old rag, a thinner (or acetone) for cleaning your paintbrushes from the varnish
- a glass of water and all the other small handy things that you may need along the way
|cutting board (wooden in this case)|
|a bench vice|
|small wood saws|
|a mini/hobby drill|
|a soldetron, 60W (if necessary for pyrography)|
|felt-tip pens, a ruler, pencil etc.|
|brushes, paint, varnish, rags and everything else mentioned above|
|the actual material (in this case a mahogany plank)|
|1. Get your material and use a ruler to mark the size of the runes (2 x 1,5cm) using a white pencil or anything else that is visible enough.|
|2. Keep the material in place with a bench vice and use your saw to cut along the marked lines to get 24 (or 25 if you want the extra blank rune) "bricks". You can see what they look like on this photograph.|
|5. Take your drill with the milling cutters and engrave over the lines you previously drew using a pencil/felt-tip pen.|
|6. Polish and finely abrade the runes.|