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Handmade Wand ''Praeclarus'' by PraeclarusWands Handmade Wand ''Praeclarus'' by PraeclarusWands
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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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very great Job, how long have you been doing woodwork?
Great Box as well :)
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
Thank you. I started making wands in 2011 and have been doing it ever since.
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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome and Nice!
Well how long have you been craving wood?
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
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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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool and Nice, are you still making wands?
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
I was, up until I left for Japan in July to work as an English teacher for a year or two. I'm making personal projects while I'm here, but am not taking commissions. I'll open up again for orders when I return to the US!
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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, do you like working as a English Teacher in Japan?
I haven't been in Japan before what is the area your in like?
Nice, I mat think of asking for one. But it depends on the price
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
My job is great, and also leaves me enough free time to pursue my other hobbies as well.
I live on an island in Kyushu. Very hot and humid, but the people are exceedingly kind.
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becarefunadinetska13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
That's a really cool wand, it's simple but still cool.
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
Thank you. Sometimes the simplest designs have the most character. 
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halfbloodprincess739 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
There isn't a secret...just keep carving and getting better with each wand!
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angelfabeth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Love the dark colours :D
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LordSha Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I wish my first attempt would have been as good as yours ! Nice work !
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
wow…
How did you get the case?
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I made it! (After much experimentation...XD)
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LafflyAdopts Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
awesome!
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Dyrvnu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
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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Dyrvnu Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
: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 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I never knew you even put the hair inside... wow.
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Haha, yeah.....I used to do this regularly, but have stopped since it got tedious...lol
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Pipe-stream Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, ok.
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
(Well, I still do it if someone specifically asks for it though... :D)
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RoseTyler Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thank you so much for your help and advice! 10 points to whatever house you're from! :D
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
(Ravenclaw!) No problem~ Glad I could help :)
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kudavari Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful wand... and... Go! Go! Ravenclaw! hehe
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Ravenclaw FTW! :dance:
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xdarkkissx Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student General Artist
this is gorgeous!
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Thank you very much!
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NaoKadena Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*clap-clap* This is a very good job!
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Thanks! I appreciate it~
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BlackRoseBandKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My wand would be Vine on Celtic woods, too.

This is so pretty to look at.
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
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NaimaAldarion Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful!
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Thanks!~ :heart:
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NaimaAldarion Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Youre welcome :hug:
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weenylem Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is by far your best wand, in appearance and design, i love it <3
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Thank you! This one's one of my personal favorites as well :)
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LightYagami13 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
wow that's awesome. im particularly fawning over the black swirl. i love everything about it. though the thickness at the end bothers me, your right, it does make it unique. i think its amazing you made this (from an experienced wood carver) did you make the box too? if so, i am thoroughly astonished. if not, where did you get it? i was also wondering, would you consider doing a wand commission later? o and when you said you wouldn't do the gradient again, did you mean you wouldn't do the burning effect again or just the gradient? omg sorry i have so many questions .A.,
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
That's ok, questions are good :) The particular piece of dowel I was using didn't want to be carved thin, so I left it thicker. I just finished a commission for a friend and so have one spot open at this time. If you'd like, you can note me for details :)

As for the gradient, the technique had quite a bit of luck behind it, so I'm not sure if I can do it again. But if I get a special request, I can try (but no guarantees, unfortunately).

Thanks for the feedback ^_^
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LightYagami13 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
i dont have that much money right now, but if i can commission one later, i should have a lot more. -is going to get a job soon- ouo~ but we are also undergoing a move, so maybe once we arrive in Washington.
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
OK~~ Good luck job hunting :) Times are tough, ne? and good luck with your move!!

Wishing you the best ^_^
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LightYagami13 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
very, thats why we're moving :> thanks!

you too~ :iconimseriousplz:
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beanypop Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!! I love the gradient, and what a nice box! lol
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Thank you!! Yeah, the gradient's really a pain to do and takes a long time. I'm probably not going to do it for my other wands so I don't mess them up on accident! ^^'
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