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Norse rune charms

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I started off today messing around with the dremel tool seeing if i could engrave things and generally what i could do with it. I wanted very simple design so that i wouldn't end up messing it up.

That's where the thought of nordic runes came in. With their simple straight line designs i thought they'd be an idea place to start engraving. 

Whilst i was looking through imaged of runes and nordic symbols i remembered one of my friends always wears a protection rune whilst he's kayaking, that inspired me to make some protection charm type of things.

After a little research into runes and their meanings i decided on three with a general protection/ water/ kayaking theme. (These might not make any sense to people who know about runes and stuff i just chose them because i liked the meanings and designs)

Top to bottom. 
Algiz: A protecting shield
Uruz: Strength, speed, energy and freedom.
Laguz: Water and healing energy.

Materials:
Deer antler (shed)
Wood (Oak)
Leather scaps
Bootpolish
Oil

Tools:
Dremel (or other rotary tool) (sanding, drill and engraving attachments)
Various files
Small vice
pencil
 
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Step 1: Prepping materials

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I started off by cutting my antler and oak pieces into small strips of the size i wanted for my talisman. Then i used the rotary tool with a sanding attachment to smooth over and thin out the two pieces. 
Finally i drew on the designs i wanted ready for engraving.

Step 2: Engraving

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I next clamped the antler strongly in the vice and fitted the narrowest engraving bit to the rotary tool. With gentle strokes i worked away at the areas until the grooves were several mm deep.

I then swapped to a wider engraving bit to smooth out some of the top edges or the runes. 

The final part of this step was to drill a small hole in the top of the strip.
Pageteer11 months ago
Just a suggestion for cheap people like me without tools or the materials, you can make the runes using clay and just carve out the symbols with a toothpick.
no rules I've ever cameby said you can't use clay & a toothpick.
nidanterry11 months ago
Thank you for the ideas. I enjoyed making these. Melting crayons for the filler was the best part, felt like a kid again.
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Nice!
the binks (author)  nidanterry11 months ago
they look great, love the grain and shape of the pieces
does anyone know any runes to ward off evil?
Runes can be used in any way not just singily by themselves but combined (called 'Binerunes') "protection" looks like a bird track.
the easiest way to search up good examples of runes & bindrunes is on Ebay or Bing BTW :) you really can't screw up the meaning or way to make out a rune BUT from one website to make them attuned to you was to use your own blood but red paint that represents 'blood' will do nail polish works good too (has its own brush!)
the binks (author)  LordSchoenfelder9 months ago
Not sure, i remember some of the elder futhark runes being about protection. A quick web search should throw up some
NinjaMaster23510 months ago
Nice! I have a soldering iron so I figure if I just engrave with that it will burn the runes in so you won't have to fill in the letters.
the binks (author)  NinjaMaster23510 months ago
I was thinking of other things to inlay the runes with and solder was one idea i thought i might try.
Erod D-Isle11 months ago
good thing to use the elder futhark (if i am correct) because its one o the more commonly used runic scripts out there also soapstone and certain kinds o granite can also be used for this application. very nice
the binks (author)  Erod D-Isle11 months ago
Yep, it is elder futhark. Soap stone would give a really nice finish, i might try and pick some up. Thanks for the idea.
no prob
ryan clevenger11 months ago
I recommend black crayon too
lindarose9211 months ago
Very nice job! :) I am not an expert so I am not 100% sure of what I am saying, but try to look for bitumen wax...I've seen it used on wood furniture for aging and making cracks stand out.
the binks (author)  lindarose9211 months ago
Cheers i'll give it a look
oldmicah11 months ago
It's cheesy, but might work. Did you try crayons? We used to fill rpg dice numbers with it.
the binks (author)  oldmicah11 months ago
Ah i'd never have thought of that
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