How to Make Your Own Rune Set From River Stones

A set of homemade runes are more powerful for you to use, according "", because you put your own energy into making them. There are a few different ways to make a set of runes, but one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways is to use river stones. River stones are already in the smooth, flat, round shape that runes stones should be. Of course for your runes to work for you in divination or magic, you need to learn about the symbols and how they work.

Go to a stream or the bank of a river and look for 24 stones that are nearly flat and all close to the same size and shape. An ideal size for runes is about 1 inch wide and up to 1/2 inch thick. Take them home and rinse off any mud they might have on them. Let them air dry in the sun.

Look at a list of the rune symbols (see Resources) and copy each one onto the flatter side of each stone, if one of the sides is flatter than the other. Dip a fine paintbrush, such as a size 00 or 000 into red or black acrylic paint and carefully paint the symbols onto the stones. Let each rune dry for about 20 minutes.

Coat each stone with a layer of clear acrylic varnish to protect the painted symbols from chipping. Allow the clear coat to dry for 1 hour.

Pass each stone through incense smoke to empower them with the element of air. Hold them over the flame of a candle, high enough so that you don't burn yourself, to empower each one with the element of fire. Hold the stones underwater in a running stream or even under the faucet in your sink to empower them with water. Place them in a cloth bag and bury them in a shallow hole overnight to empower them with the element of earth.

Things You'll Need

  • Stones
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Clear acrylic varnish
  • Incense
  • Candle
  • Cloth bag
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Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.