One question that many newcomers have is “what metals can I use in orgonite?. Hopefully you’ll find some helpful info here.
Metal Shavings/ Swarf in Orgonite
Metal shavings, or metal swarf as it is also called, is the best option for metals in orgonite, and this is what most orgonite-makers use. The best way to get hold of scrap metal shavings is to ask any local garage or shop that works with metal if they have any scrap shavings that you can have – or buy for a low price. These metals are usually taken to recycling centres, but often the garage or shop-owner will be happy for you to do the work of getting rid of it for them. You can also buy metal shavings online
It’s important to consider the size of the shavings. The more surface area the metal has (i.e. the smaller the pieces), the more effective it will be in transforming energy. But you don’t want the metal pieces to be too small either.
BB Gun Pellets in Orgonite
I have not personally used this, but many people use BB gun pellets in their orgonite with successful reports. If I were to use them, I would add other, smaller and more uneven sources of metal as well – however I can’t really speak for how the size and shape of BBs affect the orgonite as I have not come into contact with any. Feel free to enlighten me in the comments section 🙂
Metal Scrubbers in Orgonite
This is one of the most popular metals for newbie orgonite-makers who don’t yet have acccess to metal shavings. When I made my first few batches of orgonite, I used steel and copper pot scourers cut into little bits, and it worked perfectly! They are easy to get hold of, and fairly cheap. The only downside is that it can be a bit tedious to cut them up. Also, please wear protective eyewear when cutting them up as little bits of metal may fly into your eyes. Before I got protective goggles, I just wore sunglasses, and cut the scrubbers up in a plastic bag to prevent the metal bits flying all over the place.
Other Ideas for Metals in Orgonite
- Aluminium cans (coke, beer, etc) cut up into pieces that are roughly 1 cm². I felt that this was harder work than cutting up the pot scourers, but if you have patience then this can work.
- Aluminium foil scrunched into little bits. This didn’t feel as effective when I tried making orgonite this way, but is better than nothing if you don’t have any other options.
- Gold flake. I like adding a bit of gold flake to my orgonite pieces as I feel it makes them stronger. Making orgonite with nothing else but gold flake is very expensive, but it does look stunning!
- Metal powders, such as iron oxide powder, can be a good addition to orgonite, especially for personal pieces like pendants. However it’s recommended that you also add regular-sized metals, as well as crushed-up crystals to accompany the larger crystal, otherwise this “high-density” orgonite can be less efficient – absorbing more negative energy than it cleans. Just as metal pieces can be too large, they can also be too small.
- Screws, nuts and bolts – Some people use these but they are not recommended, unless they are only your secondary metal source. The pieces are too large to be effective.
Different Types of Metals for Orgonite
Now that we’ve discussed the different scrap metal types that can and can’t be used in orgonite, let’s take a look at the different types of metals.
Aluminium in Orgonite
This is the most commonly used metal in orgonite, mostly because it is light (making it good for transporting, and for personal pieces that you wear such as orgonite pendants), easy to get hold of, and inexpensive. There has been some controversy over whether aluminium is “safe” to use in orgonite since the metal is toxic when ingested. However, most long-term orgonite makers and those who are sensitive to energy will tell you that aluminium is fine to use. This quote, by Emlong from Warrior Matrix forum sums up how I feel about the issue:
Aluminum is all about context. It is one of the most abundant elements on earth. Most clays are alumina, and many minerals are aluminosilicates. Were aluminum inherently bad our planet and much of the universe would be a constant Hell for biological organisms. Of course, in certain forms and in certain relationships aluminum can be toxic, but that is true of most any element in the periodic table. In orgonite, I personally find that aluminum brings a sort of “high” energy as compared to copper which feels more grounded. Some of us like to mix the two.
Aluminium is the main metal I use in my orgonite (along with fine brass shavings), and in fact I prefer it to other metals I have experimented with.
Copper in Orgonite
Copper is another metal which is commonly used in orgonite, especially for personal pieces. A small disadvantage I have found is that the shavings I tend to get hold of are quite heavy and sink to the bottom of the mould, however when I used copper pot scrubbers I didn’t have this problem.
Gold in Orgonite
One of the most treausured metals on earth, gold is a wonderful addition to orgonite. Franz Bardon – one of the most important and respected hermetic practitioners of the 20th century – talks about a device that is eerily similar to orgonite in his book “Initiation Into Hermetics”. He calls it a “fluid condenser”. The fluid condensers consist of resins and metals, and are used to “store and retain at their discretion the energies or powers which were placed into them through concentration”. Bardon states that:
Resins and metals belong above all to the principle group of solid fluid condensers; among metals, gold ranks the highest. The tiniest traces of gold, even atomic particles, confer a fabulous ability of condensation to any liquid.
Bardon’s fluid condenser lacks the crystal quartz, which makes it more suitable for accumulating energy like Reich’s orgone accumulators. However, even with the addition of crystals, gold makes a powerful ally.
Steel in Orgonite
From my experience and from anecdotes that I have heard, steel makes a good metal for orgonite. My first orgonite chakra set was made with steel pot scrubbers, and my Quantum Touch healer friend used these with her clients and had a lot of success.
Brass in Orgonite
The brass shavings I have been able to get hold of are quite fine, and make a good addition to smaller pieces such as orgonite pendants.
For more information on the effects of different metals in orgonite, check out my post on Orgonite and Kirlian Photography.
How Much Metal Should I Use?
It’s usually recommended to use a 50-50 ratio of metal to resin in orgonite. While this isn’t set in stone, it’s a good guideline to go by. Many pieces of orgonite have areas that contain no metal- for example, the tops of my pyramids where you can see the crystal sticking out. However, the rest of the pyramids contain a 50-50 mix of metals and resin.
Orgonite Without Metals
There is a lot of “orgonite” out there which seems to have very little or no metal at all. While they are often beautiful and may have some effects due to the crystals contained inside them, I don’t think it’s fair to sell this as orgonite. Orgonite is based on Dr Reich’s discovery that organic materials attract orgone energy, while metals simultaneously attract and repel them. By mixing metals and resins, the attraction and revulsion of energy creates a scrubbing effect, which, along with the piezoelectric effect of the quartz crystal, cleans and balances stagnant and negative orgone energy.
To find out about more of the ingredients which are used in orgonite, check out my article on orgonite-making supplies.