The other day, while discussing our newest project, (Runes) My friend and I were having trouble sorting out the materials. Runes typically call for wood, however, living in a city has its ups and downs, and one of those downs is definitely the lack of trees. However, after a long while of fruitless ideas, my friend got the idea of just plucking a few stones from the river and alleys, and just painting on those along with all the typical steps. Myself, thought this was a wonderful idea, as the flowing water near them could have strong energies in it. However I'm not sure if these stone runes would work well, if at all. So I suppose my question would be, how do you all think this might work if at all? Please let me know. Experiences, stories, side notes, etc. are very welcome.
Considering that metaphysical shops sell them in sets with a little pouch, I can't see why not. ... If you wanted to go the extra mile you could study the rune meanings and crystal meanings for the local common minerals and try to pair them together to be complimentary.
Many practitioners, my self included, use all sort of materials for rune work everything from gems, stones, rocks, wood, ect. The reason for this is it each material has different energies and quailities that can help or hinder what one is trying to do. Rocks and natural stones are good especially if you take into account where you got them, example in a stream, by a tree etc. Where you go them can also influence your work. Stones are a good way to start but building up your collection and jotting down where you got them is a good thing to practice too.