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I know everyone has an opinion about what runes should be made out of while others don't really have a preference at all. What's your opinion?


What are your runes made out of? Did you make your own runes, have them made for you or did you buy them?


If you bought them, did you do anything as far as 'cleansing' them goes?


I know.. I ask a lot of questions.. but I'm always curious to hear the opinions of others :D

As for me, I've been using some that I bought at a local shop. I'm currently waiting for my husband to make me a set out of deer knuckle bones.

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I have 5 sets.

1.) Clay set with rose petals mixed inside the clay. They have a nice feeling and this is the set I carry inside my purse because they are just a little bigger than a dime. These were made for me.

2.) Oak set. These were bought also.

3.) Another clay set that was made for me. These were a gift.

4.) Bone set. Made from water buffalo bone. Bought as well.

5.) Glass set. I made these. I bought those aquarium glass decoration beads and used a paint pen to inscribe them. Then I sealed them so the paint pen wouldn't come off. These were my first set because I wanted a set as cheap as possible in case they didn't "jive" with me. Essentially, my learning set.

May I ask what you used to seal the glass ones with?


Do you have a favorite set or just whatever feels right at the time? :)

I prefer my clay ones with the rose petals and my oak ones out of them all. :)

I sealed them with just a clear spray paint sealer. You can find it where you find spray paint.

I didn't see you ask about cleansing.


You can smudge (sage) them, leave them under the full moon, your usual method that the material they are made of calls for, if you even cleanse at all.


Then I blooded mine. I put some of my blood on each rune. Some suggest spit, sweat, urine, sperm, whatever else, but I used blood on mine


Then I did a ritual I wrote myself.


There is a great article on making your own, consecration, etc.

wow....they all sound lovely Kelly-Especially the Oak set....Have never seen a bone set (real bone) did you buy them online? Make them? Would love to know......Thanks:) Ianna P.S My son brought back a lovely necklace made from camel bone but it gave off a bad vibe when I wore it, I gave it to my daughter who loves it....Could not tell if it was the camel bone itself or what....He bought it on a military tour to Afghanistan.....

Bought stone I think.  No cleansing. Actually I don't really know how to use them!
I think runes can be made out of any material that will hold a shape. I even have instructions somewhere for crocheted Runes. I made a set out of salt dough, you know, home made Play Doh. When my daughter was spending the weekend with me, I made some salt dough, and we made things out of it. I had some left after her father picked her up, so I made a set of Runes. I used Freya Aswynn's "Leaves of Yggdrasil" as a model, and "carved"the runes in the dough. I baked them, then I painted them with paint that was the color of dried blood. I even had some of my blood in the paint, because I was sewing something by hand while waiting for the Runes to bake, and accidentally pricked my finger with the needle. I dripped some blood in the paint, and painted them. It was tradition to paint the Runes with one's own blood. I believe that the priestesses of Nerthus used their moon blood.


Crotched runes?




I've always preferred the tactile presence of wood and make them from locally available sources: mostly Birch and Oak - but after one of my apple trees broke a bough around lughnasadh i may make a set from her come spring.


One thing puzzles me about the way many people make them....why is blood so prevalent?


There are two theories about this matter. 1. the Odinist theory, is that a blood sacrifice is necessary, as Odin hung himself on Yggdrasil and pierced his side with the spear, so must we sacrifice some of our substance in order to make the Runes true.
2. The Nerthist theory is that blood, for childbearing aged women, blood of the moon, for others regular blood, is rubbed into the wood or stone to bind the Runes to us so that they will read true. Take your pick.



Odin hanging upon the Yggdrasil  is an obvious correlative story with Christ and can be discounted.


Neither one, i pick.


My first rune set was a store bought set made out of tumbled hematite stones. I used to keep them in a box on my windowsill until I noticed the moisture in the air had caused them to oxidize and get pitted in places. Now the look has grown on me, and I feel the oxidation makes them more personalized.


I bought a frosted glass set that was part of a kit. The book was worthless, but the runes were nice. This is the set I like to carry with me when I worry about loosing or breaking one!


My favorite set of runes is one I made in my ceramics class. They are stoneware clay stained a dark brownish red with iron oxide. Considering the number of times I have dropped them, they are amazingly durable, but I live in fear of breaking one. I'll make another set someday.


I've seen runes made out of polished river stones, Popsicle sticks, bog oak wood, curly birch wood, deer antler, lead, and acorns. Tacitus, the roman historian, recorded that runes were traditionally carved onto the wood of a nut or fruit bearing tree, but I think any material you enjoy working with is just fine.

my husband was considering making a few sets out of river rocks. :)


Wow I go out of town for the weekend and y'all really take off.


Thanks for all the comments to my inquiries! I find it fascinating :D


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