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These simplistic snap-on bracelets have old Norse sayings carved into them in the elder Futhark alphabet. The saying can be anything you choose, but short phrases or names work best. I can fit around 15 runes per bracelet, which isn't always the same as the number of letters. (If your inscription is too long, I'll message you about alternatives.)
I can do names, words, and phrases. Remember: "old Norse" is not the same thing as "written in runes." Old Norse is a language, and the elder Futhark is an alphabet. Words are written phonetically and punctuation is limited. The name "Peter" would be written as the rune equivalents of P-I-T-E-R. "Right" and "write" would both be written as R-EI-T. "Chrissy" becomes K-R-I-S-I. Double consonants get skipped, and some sounds in English aren't easily represented in runes (like "sh" and "ch").
Please keep this in mind when you give me a name or saying that's in English. The text will be written in runes but it can be in grammatical English, old Norse, or Icelandic. Here are some sources to get you started.
Need some ideas? Here are the bracelets I stock at shows:
Choose your wrist size from the drop-down. When measuring your wrist, round up to the nearest half inch for best fit. So if you measure 6.5", then pick 6.5". But if you measure 7.75", round up to 8", not down to 7.5", unless you want a snug fit.
Please note that the color of your piece might vary slightly from the featured swatches due to the variance of both screens and leather. The brighter colors (green, purple, and blue) have greater variation than the browns and black.
Why does blue cost more? All of my stains are a one-step antique process except for blue, which is two steps. For this reason, all custom work that uses my blue stain has an additional charge.
Care and Feeding
My leather pieces are covered in a water-based sealant that is water-RESISTANT but not water-PROOF, so avoid submersion and torrential rain. For added water resistance and suppleness, they've been treated on both sides with mink oil. For cleaning, you can spot clean with a damp cloth, or use a soft-bristled brush and a glycerine cleaner like Oakwood. You may wish to occasionally treat them with another coat of mink oil and/or a waterproofing spray like Gardmore Rain and Stain Repellent. Don't store your pieces in direct sunlight, which can cause brighter dyes like purple, blue, and green to fade. The color of leather develops over time, as it can tan much like human skin does.
Okay, I have a confession. Younger Futhark runes, which evolved out of elder Futhark, would be more period correct for the old Norse dictionaries I use. However, elder Futhark is more immediately recognizable, is still proto-Norse, and is easier to carve because it's all straight lines (younger Futhark has curves). If you've read this far and you want younger Futhark, just make a note of it. :)