L-rods can be constructed from a variety of material, metallic and non-metallic. I have personally made and used such rods that were constructed of paper, plastic, wood and other non-metallic materials. All of these materials functioned for dowsing purposes, but the metallic rods pivot a bit faster for me when dowsing and are sturdier to handle and transport. (Note: all small photos can be enlarged by selecting them with a mouse click......and reduced back to small size by selecting the image again.)
How to Construct L-Rods
>>Making dowsing rods......2 rods are preferable, one rod works okay.
.....use wire clothes hangers or #12 electrical house wire.
.....cutting pliers for the tool.
.....cut wire to an average total length of 18-19 inches or so.
.....bend wire to a 90 degree angle to make a 5 inch long handle leaving about 14
inches for rod length.
.....straighten rod and handle as needed.
>>Sleeve/handle material and dimension:
.....use 1/2 inch diameter PEX or other plastic pipe..... a soda straw works as a
.....cut plastic pipe (PEX is inexpensive and easy to cut) to a 4 inch length with a
fine-tooth hacksaw blade (or, preferably with a plastic pipe cutting tool)---
clean off any burred edges of the cut area with sandpaper, a nail file or similar
.....insert the rod handle into the PEX plastic pipe so that it fits loosely.
.....to keep the sleeve handles from falling off during transportation, use a piece
of cardboard taped or rubber banded to the end of the rod handle to retain the
sleeve/handle.....or use large-size electrical twist-on wire connectors.
.....for higher visibility, tip of rod can be similarly fitted with a colored electrical
twist-on wire connector or a short length of brightly colored yarn or marking
>>To make a twisted wire dowsing rod (for overall strength in preventing
accidental bending and distortion of the wire rod):
.....Cut two 18-19 inch lengths of #12 copper house wire.
.....place one end of the two wires side-by-side in the clamp of a vice grip or
a bench vice....(or a friend can hold the two wire ends tightly in the grip of a
pair of pliers or some means of clamping ends of two wires together).
.....slowly twist the wires around each other making a twist every 1/2 inch or so....
continue twisting until reaching the opposite end of the wires.
.....straighten the twisted wires....roll the newly formed rod on a workbench top
or on a hard surface floor and push out the bends and kinks. Make a 90
degree bend in the twisted pair for the handle.
.....add the sleeve handle (as above) and attach a stopper such as an electrical
twist connector to keep the sleeve handles on the wire.
>>An experiment with a 'thumb dowser'...........
.....Use a 1/2 inch diameter plastic pipe coupler and drill a hole a little larger than
the size of your dowsing wire/rod. Drill this hole completely through the
plastic pipe about three-fourths of the distance from the thumb insertion end.
.....Insert the L-shaped dowsing wire/rod into the drilled holes (see photo).
Make sure that the rod pivots freely.
.....Now place your thumb into the end of the coupler resting it on the closed fist.
.....When I dowse over a target, the rod pivots. If I place any other digit into the
coupler, that is one of the fingers, the rod won't pivot.
.....This dowsing experiment with the thumb and then, alternately, each of the
individual fingers inserted in the coupler, reinforces my belief that the
thumbs are the primary contact points during the dowsing process.
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