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I recently made a larger batch of wands, for three different customers, all of which were of my own design.  I’ve included pictures of them in this post, but the most interesting idea I’ve been given today is by my friend Robbie, who suggested I give Lightsabers a try.  At first, I thought it a funny idea, however, the more I think about it, the more intriguing I find it.

Lightsabres are unique, as are wands in the wizarding world and so making them would give me variety, I assume and another avenue for my making.

Take a look at the pictures below and see what you think.  I’ll keep you posted! =D


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Hello Everyone! I haven’t posted for a while, so I thought I make three posts tonight.  The first, is to show you the gorgeously delicious handful of wands I’ve made.  I had a larger order from a friend, as her boys are having a Harry Potter party and a smaller order from my Ebay lot.

These three were those commissioned from Ebay.  The Elder wand, Ginny Weasley’s wand and Narcissa Malfoy’s.

The others included Voldemort’s claw-like bone wand.

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Myself and my boyfriend, as I may have mentioned before, often sit down to do our work, with the television on in the background.  On finding us typing away, you are pretty likely to find that there is a Harry Potter film on in the background.  I think the main reason for this is that we now know the films so well, we hardly concentrate on them anymore.

We have our own little jokes about the failings of most of the films to include crucial plot elements from the books and we laugh together about the varying levels of terrible acting and casting that we, of course, have no right to comment on, not being anywhere near as important as those top bods who make all the decisions.  The main point is that we have the films and books in our lives.

What I was wondering is how much a part of our lives they will be when we are older.  Like Star Trek has become a theme so many welcome into every day language, will Harry potter be the same?

When I watch a series, like ‘Lost’ I also wondered the same thing.  What series in the past was so life changing and integral to those sci-fi fiction and drama fans before us?  I remember Quantum Leap as the most life affirming, incredible concept I had ever seen when I was a 9-year-old.  My dad used to let me stay up on Tuesday evenings – it was one of our things.

I imagine that Harry Potter will be part of my life forever.  Perhaps not so obsessively as it is now, I mean there are so many other things in my life now and more to arrive I’m sure, it’s just I really do hope that my own family and their family in turn will appreciate the series as I have.  Will Harry Potter be a Lord of the Rings style phenomenon, or will it fade from the scenes…?

 

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After all that heavy angst storytelling over today and yesterday in my Song of the Skylark posts, I thought I’d pop a few new wands on to show you all, just to lighten the mood, also tomorrow, I’m going to post tonight’s dinner, which I’ll mention after the pics below.

My selling wands on ebay is going well.  I’m making sure that my versions of the character wands are all unique by trying not to refer to pictures of those that are available to look at online.  I’m starting to remember what they look like anyway.  Quite satisfying actually! Especially as they seem to be quite effective.

This week, I made Voldemort’s wand, Harry’s wand, Hermione’s wand (which seems to be the most popular so far) and Dumbledore’s wand (aka the Elder wand)

I’ve also made two random ones to match the set.  I’m still relying on the glue gun and papier-mache, although I seem to be ploughing through the glue sticks, so I may have to learn some new techniques if I want to extend my production.

So tonight, I’ve decided to make dinner for my mum and dad and Dominic, my boyfriend. It’s in my brain and I can visualise it, however I’ve never really shown you a whole meal idea on my blog before, so I thought I’d give it a go.  I like my recipes to be simple, clean and nutritious.  I will make it tonight and take photos, then post it tomorrow!

On the Menu tonight:

Starter

Stuffed Mushrooms

Main

Chicken breasts stuffed with spinach, mascarpone and pine nuts
served with green beans and sautéed new potatoes

Pudding

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard

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Helloooo peeps.   Just a very quick post to show you my latest three wands.

Fleur Delacour, Cedric Diggory and another Hermione…I was quite excited to make Fleur’s actually, because it is quite different to any of the others I’ve made.

Its beautiful and quite intricate.  I decided that wire and the ever faithful glue gun were the best tools…

I built up the shape with the glue gun and as the surface was quite rough, I covered it with a layer of paper mache to make it smoother, to ensure the end result would look more like carved wood.

I then used acrylic paint to give the impression of the wood and gave it a layer of PVA glue x 2 as a varnish.  Looks more exciting in the mixed photo.

My photos aren’t brilliant.  For some reason, Hermione’s reflects the flash badly. Grrrrr.  Never mind.  Love you all xxx

Mischief Managed.

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I have finished the three wands I started the other day.  The only thing is, as with most of the work I do, I can’t see past the imperfections.  Especially with Grindelwald’s.  It is very much like a natural twig…

As you can see, the Noble collection use resin and can easily produce a very authentic representation.

I am going to post pictures of my version and ask opinions of you, because I used paper mache and I feel like it looks to much like paper still.

The other two are okay.  I think perhaps I am being too fussy…what do you think?

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So my Harry Potter Heaven week is over (much to my disappointment) and I found myself twiddling my thumbs a little.

I did sneak myself over to the cinema again to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 again.  But that wasn’t quite enough.  Before I move on to a different theme of creative crafts, I thought I’d exhaust all of my Harry Potter love by trying to make some of the character wands.

I’m pretty pleased with the results of my first three attempts, which were the main three protagonists’ wands – Harry’s, Ron’s and Hermione’s.

They look pretty awesome against the black velvet I had left over from the party too!

The next few photos are the initial paper mache stages of Grindelwald’s, Dumbledore’s and Lord Voldemort’s wands, which I will paint as soon as they are dry.

A negative I would mention is that as a finished work, the paper mache wands are slightly soft and delicate after they were painted.  I coated them with a layer of PVA glue, whereas I think a layer of matt varnish might be more sturdy.

I might look into using other materials other than paper and paper mache, such as fimo clay, which would be less flexible, however it might be breakable once dried.

I hope you like them and perhaps get inspired!! =)

If you want to buy any, check out my ebay page.

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