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Handmade Wand ''Praeclarus''
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Published: February 5, 2011
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Here it is, my first ever wand, no. ML-137A. It was tentatively completed early January 2011 and modified Feb 1, 2011. (Modified again April 9, 2011) It was carved by hand from a birch dowel with whittling knives and measures 14 3/4" long.

Originally, the design had everything but the brown part of the shaft unsanded and colored black to achieve a woodburn effect, but that two color combo just looked too plain. So, I carved away the existing pommel's extra bits (it used to be pointy and angular) and rounded it off.

Total time (wand): about 12 hours
Total time (box): was my first one, still working out kinks, so about 5 hours.

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IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Panasonic
Model
DMC-ZS5
Shutter Speed
10/300 second
Aperture
F/3.3
Focal Length
4 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Aug 16, 2012, 11:04:31 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop 7.0
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Crimson-Dragon-King's avatar
Crimson-Dragon-King|Hobbyist General Artist
Very great Job, how long have you been doing woodwork?
Great Box as well :)
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. I started making wands in 2011 and have been doing it ever since.
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Crimson-Dragon-King|Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome and Nice!
Well how long have you been craving wood?
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
I made a few, one-off small balsa wood projects in middle school, but after that I didn't pick up the whittling knife again until I started making wands.
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becarefunadinetska13's avatar
That's a really cool wand, it's simple but still cool.
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. Sometimes the simplest designs have the most character. 
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halfbloodprincess739's avatar
Amazing. I've been up all night browsing wands and wasting time, and so far yours are by far the best. I must know your secret....you're amazing.😄😄😄
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
There isn't a secret...just keep carving and getting better with each wand!
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angelfabeth|Hobbyist Writer
Love the dark colours :D
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LordSha's avatar
I wish my first attempt would have been as good as yours ! Nice work !
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Haha, I actually went back after a few months and fixed it up...my "actual" first attempt wasn't -quite- this nice... XD
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LafflyAdopts's avatar
wow…
How did you get the case?
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
I made it! (After much experimentation...XD)
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Dyrvnu's avatar
Why can't my first wand be like this. T_T This is amazing! My first wand turned out like someone decided to eat a wand, and throw it up.
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
XD Actually, my first attempt turned out to be much different - it's still the same wand, but it was thicker before, and I had used markers instead of stain. After I made about five more wands, I decided to mod my own original wand, so I thinned it out some more and restained it with actual wood stain, so this is what it looks like now. :)
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:O

Wow... My first wand was the is where you roll up paper very stiffly. :p I tried my first carved wand yesterday...

BTW thanks for inspiration to do this. I don't have to be bored anymore!
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
I can't wait to see how it turned out! Will you post pics?
I'm glad I could inspire you! It's the best thing I could hope for~
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RoseTyler's avatar
Beautiful workmanship! How did you get your hair inside your wand? I've been wanting to make my own (which is a dragon heart string core for which I was planning on painting some string gold, as I imagine once all the gore is cleared off that's the colour they would be, lol), but had absolutely no idea how to get it inside the wand.
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! With the tools I have, I can only poke a very tiny hole (about 3 mm) into the tip. I used a sturdy sewing needle, but you have to be very very careful not to stab yourself. I just twirled it in place, applying pressure, for a few minutes. After you have your hole (I wouldn't recommend doing a full length core because it'll compromise the structure of the wood) cut of a tiny piece of hair and stuff it inside, then seal with glue or a wood filler!
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Pipe-stream|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I never knew you even put the hair inside... wow.
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, yeah.....I used to do this regularly, but have stopped since it got tedious...lol
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RoseTyler's avatar
Thank you so much for your help and advice! 10 points to whatever house you're from! :D
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PraeclarusWands|Professional Artisan Crafter
(Ravenclaw!) No problem~ Glad I could help :)
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