engraved bone runes

I keep engraving bone runes and then before I can list them in the shop, someone PMs me and asks if they can preorder a set. Far from the worst problem for an artisan to have though!

I love this set in particular, the engraving is simple and without stone inlay as the client wished to do it herself as part of a spiritual exercise. I believe she intends to use amber which I think will be stunning! I hope she shares a photo once they are complete.

These runes are made from deer bone. As with most of the bone we use, this came from roadkill or naturally deceased animals that my spouse and I collected and processed. This entire process for us is one of the ways we work with and honour our patron goddess Hel, Lady of the Underworld and Goddess of Death. Making runes from bone in particular feels like a deeply sacred task to me. I love that so far I am always making them for other people deeply drawn to the Norse pantheon.

Many of the rune bags are dear to me too. My daughter loves weaving and makes many of the woven pieces you will see crop up in Dead When We Met’s social feeds. She uses a ridged heddle loom. The weft of this particular pouch is made with handspun Icelandic wool in two tones, which I feel really compliment the colour of the raw bone. I really like the contrasting stitching along the top of the bag underneath the flap. The closure is a button that has been wandering around my jar of miscellaneous ones for a few years now (I have this strange obsession with buying unique buttons I have not particular need for in that moment… and old keys.) It’s goddess-like appearance seemed appropriate for this pouch in particular.

rune pouch bone runes
As you might have noticed in one of the first photos in this post, I currently have two sets of runes I am working on. I decided to start doubling up when I have the right bone cleaned and prepared to hopefully build up a few extra sets for the shop and shows.

I plan on inlaying the other set with crushed obsidian as soon as I pick up a few supplies I have run out of for doing so. My daughter is weaving a pouch for them out of handpainted red and black yarn.

If you are curious about ordering a set prices start at $55 and goes up if you wish them to have an inlay or any additional staining. My daughter’s woven pouches are generally around $45 depending on the fiber you wish them to be made from. We are also working on breaking some freshly tanned rabbit furs (raised by an acquaintance of ours for meat for her family) and expect to have pouches made from a few of those up by the summer.