Hello, friends! As you may remember, the past two weeks I have been working on sewing my own Gryffindor robe for the Long Beach Comic Con. The convention was a blast! But since I still have to edit photos from the event, I decided to share the process of how I made my own wand.
I started by playing around with different styles of wand design – curvy, straight, bumpy, etc. – until I landed on a shape that felt just right. I drew it up by hand, but thought it would be fun to digitize, because, well, I’m a nerd. Duh.
(Also, I am still getting used to “drawing” on my tablet, but if anyone knows of a good android app for drawing, please share!)
Throughout the week, I had also collected a random assortment of sticks that I thought might be suitable for creating a magic wand. After deciding on my design, it was time to get started. I gathered my tools, which for me basically consisted of an X-Acto knife and some sandpaper, since, I’ll be honest, this was my first foray into woodcarving.
I started by taking off the outer bark and shaving the twig down until I got the basic shape I wanted. Then, I carefully started carving out my design. This process was pretty slow, especially since I was trying really hard not to cut myself haha! I am happy with the design, but I think it would have gone much better had I actually had any sort of woodcarving tool.
My next step was to paint or stain the wood a darker brown color. Normally, I probably would have just gone with some wood stain, but since I didn’t have any on hand, I simply watered down some brown paint and applied a couple coats. I’m actually pretty happy with the color, and it was really easy to apply the paint with a foam brush and wipe off the excess with a paper towel.
To finish my wand off, I sprayed a quick coat of clear acrylic spray paint to seal everything in and add a bit of gloss or shine. Overall, I’m happy with my “muggle” wand, but I still look forward to the day I can step inside Ollivander’s and let the wand do the choosing! ;)
I plan on posting my finished costume and photos from the convention soon, so stay posted! In the meantime, and as always, thanks for reading!
Love & magic, Kristi :)