Any Weighted Object On A String Or Chain Works
We are often asked what makes the best pendulum? Is a crystal pendulum better than a brass pendulum? The truth is, it doesn't matter what you make a pendulum with. Its sole job is to indicate “yes” or “no”. When we teach dowsing in person, we usually have the students make pendulums from a 3/4 inch metal nut tied to a length of dental floss. This actually makes an excellent pendulum.
Of course, like most dowsers, we have several pendulums made out of different materials. It is personal preference what type of pendulum you use. We happen to prefer simple brass pendulums, but we have all sorts. They all work well.
The only type of pendulum that requires maintenance is a crystal pendulum. Crystals tend to ‘accumulate' energies, and they need regular cleansing, no matter whether they are just sitting on a shelf or being used in a pendulum or for healing therapies. Use the appropriate cleansing method for the type of crystal in your pendulum.
Many dowsers use different pendulums for different types of dowsing. This is more often just preference or habit, not functionality. However, there are some pendulums that have specific uses, such as those which have witness chambers so you can put a sample of the material you are seeking in the chamber before you dowse. Another instance is that pendulums with pointed ends work best when you dowse over charts, because they indicate the answer better. By and large, though, it doesn't matter what pendulum you use.