Homemade magic wand – Part 1

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Finally, I managed to get some time to make progress in my most recent Harry Potter project: making a magic wand!

I knew I wanted a simple, yet flowy design, like something a Charms student would have. I really liked how Fleur Delacour’s wand looked in the movies, but, after doing some sketches, I decided I didn’t want to do a lot of complicated shaping and sculpting. Plus, I wanted to keep the wand lightweight and balanced.

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Image of Fleur Delacour’s wand found on the Harry Potter Wiki.

After rethinking my sketches and looking at lots of tutorials for homemade wands online, I finally decided on a process. I bought a three foot long 7/16″ dowel rod at the craft store, cut it to thirteen inches, and rounded the tip slightly with an X-Acto blade and sandpaper before sanding down the whole thing. (You could easily use a thinner dowel if you prefer a lighter wand, but I felt that the 7/16″ ones had a nice, substantial feel to them.)

For the raised detail work, I used some of my leftover Apoxie Sculpt (that stuff I got back when I sculpted those Funko Pop figurines for my friends), since the Apoxie self-hardens within three hours and doesn’t need to be fired in the oven. Plus, it adheres to wood without glue, making for a relatively mess-free application!

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I’m hoping to have my wand finished up sometime this weekend, so I should have more in-progress photos by next week. Very excited to get this painted and done!

Edit: You can see the finished wand by clicking here!

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