So, what to do? I was devastated and, for a moment, lost. I have been following a very specific path with those Runes, beginning with cutting the wood just over a year ago (Runes 301- 2). Still, the thought of giving up never crossed my mind, but I wasn't sure how to proceed.
I wanted to start again, but our cherry tree has already blossomed, so I can't do that for another year. I decided that maybe what happened was to tell me that I was being too rigid in my process; that this isn't the right time to attempt the historical accuracy (as I understand it) in making the Runes.
I've seen plenty of Rune sets made of wood and all have been cut like coins/medallions, so that's what I decided to do for now. We have plenty of cedar trees in our yard, so I cut a few of the smaller ones and sliced them into 1/2 inch medallions - enough for six sets, just in case. (I learned my lesson having only one for the cherry staves.)
On Saturday, I sanded them smooth. Rather than engrave or burn them, I painted them after I asked for a blessing from Freyr on the Runes and painting markers. Many people have asked me why Freyr comes up so often for the Runes and the only answer I can give is that he is the god of fertility and I want my Runes to be fertile with knowledge, wisdom, and guidance.
When I stained them on Sunday, I invoked Heimdall, because he gave the Runes to humans through his son, Jarl. I pricked the index finger of my left hand and pressed a single drop of blood onto the back of each Rune. Once it was dry, I used a non-toxic varnish to seal the Runes. (Two coats.)
I am happy to present my first two Rune sets. I love them and I am so glad I didn't quit when the other set became unusable.
If you have made your own Runes, please let us know. Share your experience; email me pictures of them. if I get enough images and your permission, I will share them in a future post.