Homemade magic wand – Part 2

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After lots of layers of paint and some spray finish, my magic wand is finally done!

I used Raw Sienna mixed with Titanium White Liquitex paint to make a base coat for the bits I’d sculpted with Apoxie last week. Since the Apoxie I’m using is grey in color, applying a base coat gave the whole wand a more even foundation color for me to paint on.

If you’re trying this at home, be careful… it’s pretty easy to accidentally chip dried paint off of the Apoxie, which will ruin your paint job.

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Before and after applying a base coat to the sculpted parts of the wand.

The main paint color was a mix of Burnt Umber and a dab of translucent Deep Magenta to add a little warmth, which I layered to create a gradient effect. I dry brushed over the sculpted bits with the same color, leaving some visible brush strokes and irregularities to give the illusion of wood grain.

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Layering paint took lots of patience… the entire paint job took me all afternoon and evening, since I was taking regular breaks to let the wood dry.

After painting a few darker details around the sculpted bits to add some depth to the paint job, I sprayed about four coats of Krylon Satin Spray Finish to give the wand a soft sheen and protective coating. If you’re making your own wand, you’ll definitely want to do at least two thorough coats – I noticed that applying just one coat wasn’t enough to keep the paint from chipping off of the parts I’d sculpted with Apoxie.

Finally, since it seemed that some parts of the wood weren’t completely smooth after applying the spray finish, I sanded my wand very lightly with 600-grit sandpaper to finish it.

And… done!

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In spite of my initial indecisiveness about designs and colors, I’m so happy with how my wand turned out! If you’re thinking of making your own wand and are up for a little sculpting and painting, check out how I started this project by reading part one of my magic wand post here. And if you have any questions about my process, please feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email!

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