I'm making a shaman stick and I want to attach crystals to it but as it will be used in rituals, I don't want to use anything man-made like adhesive. Is there a way to attach them using something natural?

  • How big are the crystals? How natural do you require? I assume wire is out but something like beeswax would be permissible (though it's too soft). Are your crystals even natural?
    – Chris H
    Jan 28, 2021 at 14:57
  • Hi Stargazer, welcome to Arts & Crafts! How large and thick is the stick? How large are the crystals? There are many organic adhesives: is making your own adhesives out of natural components good enough?
    – Joachim
    Jan 28, 2021 at 14:57

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Adhesives based on pitch (e.g. resin from pine tree sap) and beeswax have been used for millenia. This makes a hot-melting glue that's strong enough to secure knife handles.

One example is Cutler's Resin. Here's one of many recipes; other similar compounds include stone dust (e.g. ochre), and were used in ancient Eqypt (an old answer of mine). The effect of the beeswax is to soften the pitch, while stone dust (or presumably wood dust) is used as a filler.

I reckon you might want to slightly inlay the crystals to make them more secure

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