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Real wood magic wands WIP

Postby McKinstry » January 31st, 2014, 5:24 pm

Hi There

As a side project I've been attempting to create some Harry Potter style wands. After a trip to the forest I picked up some interestingly shaped branches and carved them down.

I've reached a point where I'm unsure how to do the handle, I want them to look closely like the theme park Olivander wands. So I guess I'm open to any suggestions, I'll post some photos as the wands progress if anyone is interested. And I'm stuck on what to do for the handle, so please any ideas would be great.

The 2 tall wands have been sanded down, the 2 smaller wands have yet to be sanded still.

The wood types from left to right are Japanese Larch, Sycamore, Douglas Fir and Birch. They make pretty attractive and interesting wands so far, and best of all they are 100% unique.
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Re: Real wood magic wands WIP

Postby Rhynn » February 1st, 2014, 3:39 am

Very interesting!

As for the handle... you could make them out of wood as well, but perhaps you could find some old tools and take them apart? A screwdriver handle seems pretty close, I think :)
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Re: Real wood magic wands WIP

Postby McKinstry » February 1st, 2014, 10:30 am

Hmm, I never thought of attaching on a handle from something else. Not having any nice screwdriver wooden handles I don't think I'll try it, plus I'd end up loosing a lot of tools if I make a few more wands lol.

I've bought a glue gun and some glue stick to test out a glue handle for the smaller wands, the longer ones have such a nice natural handle of the wood I'll try and keep them. Also bought some leather strips so I'll see about carving grooves and wrapping the leather around and trying to care some designs.

I'll add some photos when I try it.
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Re: Real wood magic wands WIP

Postby Britanikka » February 1st, 2014, 3:41 pm

Ooh, I like the idea for the leather. It would give the wands a good grip.

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Re: Real wood magic wands WIP

Postby Ravensky » February 1st, 2014, 9:31 pm

For cores, I don't know if you could just drill a hole into the wand, insert either:
White nylon or thread - Unicorn hair
Black rubber bands or nylon or thread- Dragon heartstring
Craft feathers - Phoenix core
and then seal it in. I'm inexperienced with this thing, so I don't know if it'll work. Otherwise, nice wands.
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Re: Real wood magic wands WIP

Postby McKinstry » February 2nd, 2014, 5:09 am

Ok the leather might work pretty well IF I have the right colour scheme and contrast. Looks like something is missing but it's hard to tell.

Hmm the core would be a nice touch Ravensky, can you see this on the Olivander wands? I could leave a small portion of thin leather coloured wire out of the bottom, but hadn't planned on doing it.

Heres the leather handle just wrapped around, trying different designs -
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Re: Real wood magic wands WIP

Postby Pumpkin » February 2nd, 2014, 6:16 am

Well it looks amazing... I don't know what you could be missing Tim.
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Re: Real wood magic wands WIP

Postby Hermione Leviosa » February 2nd, 2014, 9:42 am

I think they look great with and without the leather cord. :D
I have carved one with an X-acto knife.
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Re: Real wood magic wands WIP

Postby McKinstry » February 2nd, 2014, 10:06 am

Hermione Leviosa wrote:I think they look great with and without the leather cord. :D
I have carved one with an X-acto knife.


Wow I love your wand, very nice! How did you carve with the X-acto knife, just keep making thin cuts to make the groove?

I've gone ahead and put down a first coat of red coloured sealer for the Larch wand. The Sycamore I'm using a clear sealer since the natural wood colour looks so nice.
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Re: Real wood magic wands WIP

Postby Hermione Leviosa » February 2nd, 2014, 4:10 pm

The color in that wand is very nice. :D The notches are a nice touch.
Yes I cut tiny a V in the wood. Similar to the way you would take an ax to a tree. Meaning that I would gradually make the V wider to make more depth. When I finished spiraling from the handle to the tip I smoothed the grooves and the wand with a cheap emery board. When I finished smoothing it, I rubbed it with a remaining wax from a white candle.
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