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Make your own Dowsing Rods

Easy dowsing rods to make

Dowsing is an ancient art, whereby people used to find water, so that they could dig a well.  Many buildings, including churches in the past have been built after the use of dowsers, so that they would not be built over rivers and streams or areas with underground radiation.  Other uses include finding land mines, finding oil, finding gold, etc.  They are also commonly used by paranormal researchers and new age dowsers for communicating with ghosts and spirits. 

Simple “yes” or “no” questions can be asked with the direction of the responding swing of the rods, determining the answers.  You can ask the rods to swing towards one another for a “yes” response or away from one another for a “no” response, with an uncertain response being that they both point away from you. 

Making them is easy; they can be made from an ordinary wire coat hanger or thick, strong copper wiring.  The wire should be about 1.36” #4 or #5 wire.  

You should also have some short, evenly cut pieces of bamboo, old rubber tubing or garden hose or some other type of tubing for the handles.  You will also need wire cutters and a pair of needle-nose pliers. 

First, you want to determine the size that you will need for your dowsing.  Usually the rods are between ten inches and up to 20 inches long, although you may want them larger.  You will need at least four to six inches to hold in your hand with the longer length free to do the dowsing.  

Cut your coat hangers or wires into your chosen lengths with wire cutters and sand down the rough ends with heavy gauge sandpaper on both pieces. 

Using the edge of a table, bend the wires at a ninety degree, right angle at about four to six inches up from one end to form an “L” shape.  

Using a pair of needle nose pliers, bend the tip of the longer ends into a round circle, inwards towards the “L” shape.  This will help to weight the rods and make the swing motion smoother. 

For the shorter end, you can use pieces of old garden hose, bamboo or some sort of hollow tubing that is cut evenly on both ends and run the short end of the wire through it.

With your needle-nose pliers, make another loop at the opposite end of the bend so that it holds the tube or hose in place, and you have a handle for your dowsing rods.  

These have to be cut evenly on the ends so that the wire glides easily when it swings, without jerking or getting stuck.  You want a good flat cut for a clean, smooth swing and this is very important. 

The handles are optional; you could simply make the loop with the needle-nose pliers on both ends and hold the shorter ends in your hands, but it can be more difficult for you to allow them a free, smooth swing.  With the handles the rods will have a smoother, easier gliding swing and will work much better because there is less of a tendency for you to grip them too tightly.

You can also choose to wrap them in wire, making sure that the ends are tucked so that they do not interfere with the swing, or stack beads onto the handle for a smooth swing. 

You can watch a great video on making these on You Tube or check out a couple of alternate ways to make these.