Crimson's Fantasy Wand Tutorial

22 Feb , 2011,
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Everything you need to make yourself a fantasy style wand. And who said you needed the Craft Wand feat, huh?

Fantasy fans are no strangers to wands.

Wands are to wizards what guns are to gunslingers, and any wizard worth his salt is bound to be packing heat.

Before wands were popularized in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter,  they were already all the rage in Dungeons & Dragons.

Wands could be crafted from all kinds of exotic and unusual materials, such as amber, cobalt, and even human bone.

Computer games, too, added an increasing complex graphical dimension to wand designs – as any player of the latest MMORPGs, especially World of Warcraft can attest.

Today, I will cover the basics of creating a simple fantasy wand – one with the finished look of a piece of charred bone, topped with a skull – that’s ideal for a sinister necromancer, villainous wizard, or a World of Warcraft warlock.

Overall, this tutorial will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

First off, you will need the following items:

1. A Bamboo Hanging Vase, which we will scavenge for the ‘bones’. – $2 from Daiso.

2. Styrofoam Skull – $3 to $5, from Toys ‘R’ Us or a party goods store.

3. Embellishments – In this case I’m using black feathers ($2 for a packet, from a craft shop), spool silver wire ($2 from Daiso) and black cord ($2 from Daiso).

4. Paint – Acrylic, black and silver (price varies) and Red Glass Paint (price varies). You can pick up paint from Art Friend or any other art supply shop.

In addition to the above items, you’ll also need a pair of scissors and craft glue.

Step 1:

The whole purpose of getting a Bamboo Hanging Vase - scavenging the parts!

Here's what you want. XD

Using a pair of scissors, cut open the rattan cords keeping the Bamboo Hanging Vase together. Dismantle it carefully, removing the bone-like wooden sticks. Select one of them (the more bone-y looking one). It’s going to become the base of your wand.

Step 2:

Poke a hole in the base of the styrofoam skull using your scissors.

Be gentle!

Once you have made a small groove, insert the bone-y wooden stick into the hole. Twist it in so the fit is nice and snug.

Easy does it. XD

Step 3:

Once that’s done, it’s time to start getting our fingers dirty. Remove the stick, and start painting it liberally with acrylic and a dry brush. Use a layer of black first, to create a base coat. Layer on silver in dabs to create a metallic finish.

Several coats should make it look nice and metallic.

Step 4:

Once that’s done, we’ll leave it to dry while we work on the skull.

My, what big eyes you have!

Using a fine brush, paint the eye sockets of the skull with red glass paint. Dab it on lightly, and spread it out to make the eye sockets look bloody. You can also paint on magical symbols and runes if you like.

Step 5:

Decorate your wand. In this case, I’m using silver wire and black feathers, and I’ve streaked a bit of silver acrylic paint onto the feathers to give them a bit of contrast. You can embellish your wand with anything you want, really, and even paint on magical runes and symbols on the stick part. XD

Binding the feathers down with silver wire. XD

Step 6:

Finally, apply craft glue to the tip of your wand, and again inside the hole in your styrofoam skull. Join both parts together.

And we're almost done!

Leave the whole project to dry, then add some accessories like spikes, horns and extra feathers to make it look awesome! XD