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HP Style Wand: WIP by dark--typhoon HP Style Wand: WIP by dark--typhoon
Please read the description, seeing as any questions I may be asked are likely answered here.


This is the second wand that I've made. I'll post my first wand soon. I just put together a little WIP progression to show how I went about making it from draft design to final product. It is for a friend whose birthday is today (1/25).


The only materials I use to carve with are a hardwood dowel from Michael's, a small utility knife, and a carving knife for detail. Everything is hand carved without the use of any power tools whatsoever. Also, a correction needs to be made to the calculated material cost. I recalculated and it came out to be less than $7. Don't know what I did there.


Being a poor student, I cannot afford exotic or even "correct" woods to use for my crafting, so I have to resort to unidentified hardwood dowels from which to carve my pieces. So even if the description of the wand says "cedar" as it does here, the wood is not actually cedar. I don't believe in the "magical properties" of different woods, so I do not feel a need to acquire the "correct" wood to craft with. However, over time, different woods have come to symbolize different personality types so I based the "wood choice" off of the wand on the personality of the person to whom it is given.


My crafts are only intended for use as a keepsake or costume prop, so anything more than that makes me uncomfortable...


Being the Harry Potter nerd that I am, I hand drilled a tiny hole with a pin in the tip to insert a "core." The hole is no more than a few mm deep. I stick a little bit of "core" material in there to represent a core that would be used in Harry Potter Universe. For example, the "core" of this one is 'tebo hide' which, according to Rowling's (or rather Newt Scamander's) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is valued as good for protection. So in this case, I put a tiny shaving of sandpaper to represent "tebo hide." (Tebos look like ash-colored warthogs found in Africa whose various materials are valued for different purposes, according to FB.)


In addition to handmaking the wand, I also handmake my own wandboxes, again, without any powertools. Just scissors, cardboard, glue, paper, tape, and fabric. The box takes about as much time to make as the wand does! A general wand takes about 5 hours to carve and a box takes about 4 hours to make. The logo on the wand box, "Praeclarus Wands," is a name of my own devising. PLEASE do not use the name for your own wand projects unless you ask me first. That is much appreciated.


For questions concerning acquiring one of your own, I am halfway serious in considering opening up an ebay shop to sell ones that I make, but that is not going to happen until summer at the least. Until then, I'll post pictures of my completed crafts for your viewing enjoyment :)


I've only just started considering prices, but I'm thinking of about $20 per set of wand and box. Does that sound reasonable? Too much? Too little? Please let me know what you think!!!


If there's anything else I haven't covered feel free to ask, or just comment on your opinion of the piece. (And please, no silly questions like "Does it really do magic?" because I'm sure you already know the answer to that:))
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LostEleganceAdopts Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial! The wands my friend and i made look, like sticks with a tiny bit of bark peeled off lol
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dark--typhoon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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LostEleganceAdopts Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
welcome
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Tuskface Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
...do you do commissions? *looks hopeful*
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dark--typhoon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes, I do, actually! (But I looked at your profile and regret to say that shipping to the UK is very expensive T.T)
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Tuskface Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is, sin't it? ;_;

Don't worry ^^;
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FatCream Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Wow, these are awesome. I wish icould buy one, but I'm not allowed to buy off of ebay TT_TT so I can't even get one for my birthday. Speaking of which, I hope your friend enjoys his or her wand
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dark--typhoon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm not allowed to buy off ebay myself, so I don't sell on there either (they've got really expensive fees...!)
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FatCream Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
your welcome. then theres the factor of money being rather tight5. so yea, most likely no wand for me.
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Nikki-tan Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing! I wanted to make one last time with a dowel too but wasn't sure if I could do it... Haha.
What type of knife did you use?
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