The Elder Futhark alphabet was used by Anglo-Saxon, Germanic and Norse peoples over three thousand years ago. The symbol-letters were carved onto weapons to give them strength, onto buildings and boats for protection, onto gravestones to ease the departed on their way to Valhöll… I’ve carved these runes onto jewelry for good luck and decoration.
My faux turquoise and copper Celtic crow beads all created from polymer clay. The crow bead was formed from scrap clay and then brushed with copper mica powder before curing.
I created these ‘mermaid scale’ beads by embedding silver and copper foil sheets in tinted translucent Pardo. The wire is green copper and silver.
Autumn-colored faux agate beads made with alcohol inks and Premo! translucent clay.
My bracelet beads created by rolling translucent clay with a gold foil sheet several times through the pasta machine. Red mica powder was also added to this mix and a thin layer of it covers a deep red clay core. Strung on memory wire with glass beads.
This rune is ‘Kenaz’, which is said to represent creativity and clarity. (It’s on its side in this photo.) I crushed dried tea leaves and black pepper flakes and mixed them into tinted translucent Premo! to make a faux serpentine, then buffed.
Faux jade and faux amethyst beads created with Premo! and Pardo clays.
‘Tiger cane’ beads, faux sardonyx, and runes…
Ancient looking ‘Algiz’ rune bead. I embedded copper wire in the clay, which I made to mimic poppy jasper, and then sanded it flat after curing.
Faux amber and peach adventurine using alcohol inks and Premo! polymer clay.
I call these ‘dillstone’ because I added dried crushed dill to the clay. The rune on the bracelet on the top is ‘Jera’- the rune of balance, harvest and bounty. The runes on the bottom piece are (from left to right) : Jera, Othila, Sowelo, Berkana, Laguz, and Gebo. They roughly translate to Balance, Homeland, Sun, Feminine Energy, Water, and Gifts.
Rustic copper swirls and my Celtic crow, brushed with copper mica before curing.
Faux green and yellow aragonite beads with crushed tea leaf inclusions (Earl Grey) in Premo! clay
Faux butter amber paired with freshwater pearls and copper.
A few more strands of my faux stones and runes for luck, mostly scrap clay