How To Make Your Own Clay Runes

clayrunesAdapted from an article by Lady Abigail

You’ve probably seen the pre-made Runes available online, at specialty new-age/occult shops, or your local book store. That is the easiest way of getting your own set of runes. However, if you’re serious about the practice of reading runes, the traditional and more favored way is to make them yourself out of natural substances. There are three commonly used materials.

  1. Small, smooth, flat stones or pebbles that you gather yourself and carve or ink a runic symbol on the surface of each one.
  2. A branch from a fruit-bearing tree sliced into 1" rounds and then burned, inked, or carved with a runic symbol on each one (sealing with some kind of varnish is also recommended). If there are no tree branches available to you, you can also use a hardwood dowel, precut wooden buttons, or thin wooden blanks from a hobby shop.
  3. If you’re feeling more crafty, a very popular medium to use is clay. A natural, earthen clay you dig up yourself is always recommended, but if there isn’t any available near you, try your local craft store. If you prefer less mess and a bit of color, use a polymer modeling clay (plastilina) like Sculpture House®, Fimo®, or Sculpey®, etc.

Here are some simple directions for making your own clay runes.

Materials

  • Clay: natural or artificial (plastilina)
  • Small sharpened twig, ice pick, or craft knife (X-acto®)
  • Permanent marker
  • Natural dyes (optional)
  • Handmade cloth or leather bag

Directions

  1. After you’ve chosen your type of clay, take time to mold it into 24 small, flat tablet shapes. These are usually flattened ovals or rectangles with rounded corners.
    Make a few extra in case some crack or break.
  2. Leave the tablets in a shady spot for 5 to 8 hours – depending on the weather. (Don’t as why…just do it. It’s an old tradition that has been followed for generations and may absorb wee bit of magic into them as they start to dry!)
  3. Check the tablets periodically for dryness. The clay should be firm, but still slightly damp. If it’s still mushy, leave it for a while longer. It should be almost hard at the outer edges with the center still a bit pliable.
  4. Using a sharp tool such as a small twig, ice pick, or a craft knife, carefully carve a rune into each tablet. Take your time with each one, envisioning what it represents and infusing it with it’s unique form of energy. For example, when carving the runic symbol for protection, envision it being strong and guarding you against harm.
  5. Once each tablet has been carved, leave them to finish drying in the direct sun or, if there is no sun, a warm oven will work. Depending on the type of clay and the drying method used, it might take up to two weeks for them to harden properly.

Options:

  • Once your rune tablets are hardened, take a marker and ink in the carved symbol. Many people like the natural look, but if you plan to read the runes often, inking them in is advisable. Using a black or red permanent marker a simple way of marking them. You can also use different colored markers to mark each rune, according to its color orientation or purpose.
  • If you would like your runes to be different colors, try making natural dyes from flowers, berries, bark, herbs, and other natural dying agents. Try dying each rune a different color according to its usage; like green for health, purple for power, yellow for light and inner strength, etc.

Storing Your Runes

  • Construct a pouch from leather or cloth. Remember, natural un-dyed leather or non-synthetic cloth is best.
  • Use a colorful silk scarf or cotton bandana to carry your runes.

Happy rune making!

If you would like dig in and learn more about the history and rituals of runes, read this great article at http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/.

By the way, if you decide to make your own set of runes, why not post a link to a picture of them?
We’d love to see what you made.

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