Harry Potter Inspired Wand Making
How to Start Making Your Wand:
Pocket Knife (optional)
Cutters - Measuring Tape
Hot Glue - Hot Glue Gun
Design Master Colortool Spray Paint
1.Find and identify a desired tree that you can take a suitable branch from. J.K. Rowling has provided magnificent information in both the Harry Potter series and on Pottermore.com (an interactive Harry Potter fan website) that describes wand woods and the types of people that possess them. Once a tree is found a branch will need to be cut using large cutters such as the ones shown in Picture 3. Many people choose to strip the branch of the bark, however this is not a necessary step. Using a pocket knife, slight shaping can be done to form the stick into a point or rounded tip. Traditionally, wands range from 15 in. to 8 in. in length, therefore a measuring tape is essential in order to determine how long you want the wand to be.
2. Once the wand is cut to the desired length and is primed for step two, the hot gluing can commence! All purpose, clear hot glue and a small hot glue gun (mine has two temperature settings) are the most important tools in this type of wand making. In order to get a striated bark underlying texture, a small amount of glue must be spread back and forth along the long side of the stick with the side of the gun tip. Basically, the glue is spread into a thin layer that leaves lines and minuscule layering that makes the wand look like bark. This should be done until the entire stick is covered in a thin layer of glue. Each end can be coated which prevents unwanted eye poking and seals the outer layer.
3. Now that the wand is coated completely with the thin layer of glue, more precise detailing can be done. This is the most creative aspect of making these wands in that the methods vary between people and everyone has personal perceptions of how the wand should look. Typically, by squeezing excess glue onto the stick in different areas, the tip on the gun can be used to sculpt different designs and extras onto the wand. I try to add rough edges into all of my detailing to blend with the striated bark texture. The methods i have used are textured balls, rings, spirals, and combs. All of this is done with the tip of the hot glue gun. Be careful not to burn yourself with the gun or the glue throughout this process.
4. Once the wand is detailed and cool, it is time to paint. I only use one type of paint (Pictured and linked) that I buy from Michaels Arts & Crafts. Design Master Colortool Spray seems to bond with the glue to create that glossy wood effect. However, only the three pictured colors seem to do this (all of the other colors I have bought come out opaque). First, shake the paint can until the contents are thoroughly combined and in a ventilated area away from things you don't want to be painted hold the tip of the wand in one hand and the spray paint in the other, and go at it. I find that the closer the can is to the wand the better and more direct stream hits it and less paint is wasted. Apply one to two coats depending on your personal preference and let dry completely.
5. At this point, you should have a glue detailed and painted wand! Step back and admire your work. You may be tempted to write to J.K. Rowling straight away and tell her of your masterpiece and request that she puts you in her next book, however this is not advised. Use your wand responsibly and care of it! For descriptions of wand woods and other wand making topics visit, Pottermore.com and discover the immensely detailed world of J.K. Rowling's brain. To view some of the wands I have created check out my Etsy shop: PERCYLCED.