How to Make Rune Stones




Introduction: How to Make Rune Stones

About: I like to make things out of anything and everything..... I have a collection of projects that I try to work on when I have time. I also like music and to draw and think of my self as an artist. I usually do...

Runes are another form of divination like tarot cards. It's based on the ancient alphabet of the Norse and are another way to try to get answers or advice for life or problems from another source. I first learned about runes from my friends who were into more pagan practices. My heritage goes back to the Norse so I felt connected in that way also. You can always go and buy runes from a store or online but I felt that making my own runes would make me feel more connected to them. And that brings us to my instructable!

Step 1: Materials

This is everything you will need to make your own custom runes:

-Stones (of your choosing, preferably tumbled)
-Marker or paint pen
-Dremel with cutting tool or engraving tool
-Waterproof Paint
-Safety Glasses

Step 2: Research Your Materials

For this step you need to do a bit of research to figure out what kind of runes that you want to use. For my set I used the Elder Futhark because when I first learned about runes this is the system I saw used the most often. To find different sets of runes, just hit the internet. There is a wealth of information describing all different sorts of rune sets that you might like.

After you figure out what runes you want to put on your stones the next hard part is to figure out what kind of stones to use. You want to choose stones with a meaning and that you like and will want to use. I chose Sodalite because it has power, healing, and luck properties and I just liked the color and the stone. It's better to try to find tumbled stones to use because they have a smooth surface to work with and they have a smooth sleek look afterwards. Usually your local rock shop will carry many varieties of tumbled stones or you can tumble them yourself. You want to try to use the same type of stone for the entire set. When choosing which separate rocks to use for each rune stone the best is going to be a stone with a flat surface so its easier to draw the rune onto it and cut on the surface.

Step 3: Prepare Your Stones

After getting your stones and deciding what runes to put on them it's time to get the stones ready to cut. The easiest way to get your stones ready is to get out the rune alphabet you want to use and draw a rune on each of your stones. If your stones are dark you probably want to use a light colored paint pen, if they are a lighter color a black sharpie will work. If you mess up drawing any of the runes just use some rubbing alcohol to wipe off the ink/paint, dry it off, and start over.

Step 4: Carve the Runes Into Your Stones

Finally, time to get out the trusty ol' dremmel. So bring your stones to wherever you can safely cut them at, put on your safety gear (safety glasses, heavy gloves, and something to cover your mouth and nose), and get to cutting! To cut the rune into your stone you will want a cutting wheel or an engraving bit. I am using a diamond coated cutting wheel. And then all you need to do is make shallow cuts along the pattern. You don't need to make the cuts too deep just deep enough for them to stand out and not get worn off from continual use.

Step 5: Optional: Paint Your Runes

This step is optional depending on how your runes turned out after cutting them. If you used a black rock (like obsidian or jet) or dark green and the lines from cutting them show up well you might not need to paint them. The paint just helps in being able to read the runes and makes them look cool. If you end up getting outside of the cuts a little bit with the paint some rubbing alcohol should clean them up. Just use a cotton swab with a little rubbing alcohol on the end.

Step 6: Using You Runes

So now you have a rune set all made up, what do you do with them? Well you had to research a little bit to make them in the first place, so now just a little more research and your on your way! This instructable is very helpful to learn how to read runes: . Otherwise you can read up by finding books at the library or your local book store to find out more.



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21 Discussions

Looks like it has been a couple years since anyone has commented. I am extremely new to this and want to make my own set immediately. I love what you did. Do you have any suggestion on the size of the stones? Also, how do you get into the intricate designs with that blade?

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For the stones I used ones that were nickel to quarter size, so around half an inch across. you could go bigger if you want to, but I probably wouldn't go any bigger than an inch or so. Smaller ones worked for me because they are easier to carry around. As far as cutting the stones, the wheel worked way better for me because all the runes have straight lines. I just watched closely, and didn't go too deep and over shoot the lines. I probably wouldn't be steady enough to do lines with just an engraving bit, but you could use the engraving bit to make the cuts deeper and cleaner. Hopefully that helps!

Thanks for the info (This is YragTrebor) I have made 2 sets so far and used a variety of cutting bits. I rather hate them all to be honest LOL I am going to search for smaller cutting wheels for my dremmel.


2 years ago

Learnt so much from you, feel like I want to reward you in some way. Thank you for sharing so freely.?

if not sure what bit he is using Harbor Frieght has dremel diamond bits just for hard grinding like on glass, steel & rock, just dip your stone in water and grind for 30 seconds, dip grind some more. also Home Depot has dremel bits as in diamond disks. just being helpful :)

Very helpful however, you probably should put a note that some stones can be highly toxic when ground down (and dust goes flying) like Malachite which is normally fine in its polished form

Very nice!!! I'll bet raw (but cleaned) quartz crystals would work....they naturally have flat surfaces! I've got a BUNCH of those! Guess I'm going to have to get out the dremel & give it a try!

Whack your friends out; whenever something weird is going on quietly chant some mystic mumbo-jumbo while shaking the stones around in your hands, finally throw them on a table examine them, then state some weird prophecy, odd looks Guaranteed.

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Just some mechanix gloves I got at an auto parts store. I like them because I they give me a lot of flexibility while wearing them.

Thank you... I should have looked at the picture more carefully, I guess! ;-)

cool! Do you know how to make those little animal stones that they sell in gift shops too? That would be epic <3

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I have never done it before, but I guess if you could draw it and dremel it out it would turn out pretty cool.

Wow I love this project. It falls into two different categories of people! The sci-FY project junkies and the spiritual or ritual project junkies. This is my favorite of the entries so makes me feel like its accomplish able...and there isn't anything like it on this website so far~ thanks for making an awesome instructable that really anybody can make and isn't too intimidating :D