Nov 142011
 
orientalia

These velvet bags close by folding over at the top, tying with ribbon.  This makes them much easier to fit. They are usually wider than my
sheaths, and therefore are excellent for thicker, or oddly-bent wands.

They are  fully-lined with unbleached Muslin.

Nov 132011
 
redmaster

 

My wand bags and sheaths may be made of any glamorous, mysterious, or glitzy fabric that I find, but are always  lined with unbleached muslin to protect the energies of your ritual tools.

Convo me with your length requirement before you make this purchase.
Choose your red color: The deep and sumptuous ruby velvet, the dazzling Chinese red of my Phoenix Feather Illustrious Brocade, or the faded elegance of very old Zardozi Sari brocade.

Nov 122011
 
adharawenge2

This gorgeous wood (pronounced “WENG-ay”) comes from the Congo and equatorial Africa. The black and brown grain is stunning, and creates a deeply textured surface when I cut it– the black grain is hard and shining as Ebony, while the brown grain is soft and matte.

This wand is cut in my “Adhara” style, featuring graceful curves and the three-part “wedding band” decoration repeated three times. The simpler shapes are best, when the wood itself is so spectacular.

It’s enhanced with softly patina-d bronze metal powder– not paint.

a gallery of Chandra wands

 

Chandra is a Hindu god of the air- of the firmament, really, the earth, sky, moon and stars.

The elements are intended to denote the sphere of the earth, the moon, the star. The metal imagery is a little unusual; I am using Copper to signify the Earth (she is a watery planet, after all) Gold for the (Full) Moon, and the ethereal whiteness of Silver for the glimmering Star.

Ebonised walnut, quartz sphere reservoir, natural crystal tip

Ebonised walnut, quartz sphere reservoir, natural crystal tip

    Cherry wood, Turquoise reservoir, natural crystal tip

Cherry wood, Turquoise reservoir, natural crystal tip

 

This wand is concieved as a triangular shape, and can be extremely massive at the butt end.

    Cherrywood, bloodstone, Aqua Aura tip

Cherrywood, bloodstone, Aqua Aura tip

    Fumed Figured Oak, Onyx reservoir, Natural Quartz tip

Fumed Figured Oak, Onyx reservoir, Natural Quartz tip

    Very petite purpleheart, jade reservoir, swarovski crystal tip

Very petite purpleheart, jade reservoir, swarovski crystal tip

 

    Purpleheart (with a red hue) blue goldstone reservoir, tipped with Aquamarine, silver and gold leaf.

Purpleheart (with a red hue) blue goldstone reservoir, tipped with Aquamarine, silver and gold leaf.

a gallery of Celestino wands

 

Classic English styling

Celestino wand in traditional Fumed Oak

Celestino wand in traditional Fumed Oak

Featuring a simple, narrow handle with flared finial at the butt and junction, this wand is my version of the wizard wand featured in a recent, popular movie series. Even so, it has the  the ball junction between the handle and the taper, a sure sign of a DragonMother wand. This shape makes a marvelous Crystal Scepter, as the following images show;

Purpleheart, aqua aura crystal

Purpleheart, aqua aura crystal

 

Aged Cherry wood, with an amethyst "core Sample" tip, and amethyst sphere reservior stone

Aged Cherry wood, with an amethyst “core Sample” tip, and amethyst sphere reservior stone

This wand is elegant and light in the shorter lengths; authoritative and imposing in the larger.

Red Oak, tipped with a deep purple Czech crystal

Red Oak, tipped with a deep purple Czech crystal

Nov 172010
 

Five-and-a-half years ago, I went along with my costume-maker sister Kristi Smart to Pantheacon in San Jose.

WandWorks table at Kristi Smart Coats booth

I just found this picture; you can see that I enjoy creating displays from found objects. In this case, the horizontal rack is an Art deco mirror frame that was on its last legs. I didn’t feel too badly about tucking a sheet of thin plywood in where the mirror had been, and some silver leaf satisfied my love of the shiney–  a wash of nicotine-yellow  glaze over  that made a more satisfactory backdrop for the wands. I sent wooden drawer knobs climbing up each side, and hinged another bit of plywood in the back to make it stand up.

The curling design painted into the back, by the way, comes from a rather obscure book which I adore, by the magnificent Ursula K. LeGuin, called “Always Coming Home.”

The storage bins below are the frames from a Singer Sewing machine treadle table that a junk man was hauling off.  I made floors and walls for each compartment…

And yes, those are *cough* phallic objects upstanding there, next to the little froggie.

There’s a larger version of this picture, if you want to see more detail;  clickies

Oct 152009
 

I haven’t even put it down since it arrived! It’s everything I could ever have hoped for and the energy I get just from holding it has almost made me cry, I’m so ecstatic! It has such an incredible and complementary presence! It’s absolutely beautiful and could not suit me more! Thank you so much!!! Magically Yours, Jacqueline PS- You were completely right, the copper is a wonderful echo to the Malachite! Oh, and, amazingly, the color matches the candles in my room perfectly! : )


Jacqui chose a D’Orsay wand in Purpleheart, and she asked for eleven rings on the handle. We discussed several ways to use the three metals to best effect, since they look a little garish against the vivid color of the wood.

Apr 242008
 

I have four orders– three of them are disgracefully old. I decided to concentrate, and cut them during this Waxing moon.

I get so nervous, because the wood is expensive to purchase, and I feel that each of these wands must show my very best efforts. I guess I feel that way about all of my work, but Rosewood does show my efforts. Uncompromisingly, in some cases. It was a very sensorial adventure.

This is a hard wood, with a very smooth and dense grain. It cuts like butter– Difficult, pissy, arrogant butter. It polishes itself. If I keep my tools sharp enough, I hardly need to touch it with sandpaper. It rarely lets the tools chip into it, but a wrong move can sweep the tip of a chisel across a once-perfect surface in a heartbeat– as it did to me twice this afternoon, causing me to finally stop in frustration. An email to a woodturning mentor helped, and a magnifying glass showed me where the flaw was in my sharpened tool!

This wood has a distinctive scent when it’s being cut. Sometimes I think fine pipe-tobacco is the nearest description, but I have no real words for it. It is irritating to the mucous membranes, and at the same time, seductively warm, spicy, astringent.

Rosewood changes color, beginning the moment it is cut. I suppose that several coats of a water-based, UV-protectant polyurethane might stop the oxidation– but nothing else, to my knowledge, will. The wood begins quite varicoloured, with browns that are speckled nearly black, softer sand tones, ivory. Sometimes there will be violently orange streaks, sometimes subtle pinks– which might be where Rosewood got its name from. These colours don’t last long. You can amost watch it happening, and certainly, coming back to a piece after half-an-hour will make a visible difference in the color– eventually, your wood will be that glorious burnt-wine with black grain barely visible in the darkness– I have even had some pieces that turned an unrelieved black, like ebony.

…I have no final words for this post! *grin*

Apr 082008
 

I just made a wand that is all of two feet long! And very slender at the neck.

One thing that has been a real problem for me is packing my wands. Some of then are far more fragile than a stick of wood ought to be. I’ve come up with a solution, though. I took a length of PVC pipe, the kind with a thin wall. I made a double length tube of black velvet, which goes inside the tube, than folds over and goes back down the outside. I stitched the ends shut, and also to each other, so that the bottom would stay at the bottom. a tie across the neck– and this wand has a strong casing for its travel to the UK, and a pretty scabbard for it’s wielder to draw it from. I’ll pack it tomorrow. I hope its owner will send me a photo of it in his hands. I cannot take a photo that shows the scale of this tool in any meaningful way!

Jan 272008
 

I’m just at work right now, guess what’s in my locker? My Wand!!!!! There was a knock at the door at 8:30 this morning (eek!) and the postman gave it to me. I brought it in to show my friend Christine. It’s lovely by the way : ) Thank you so much for including the cloth case for it, that was very nice of you (and it’s a great colour). I’m looking forward to using it this Samhain! We’re doing a “heavy” ancestors ritual, not our usual fun and giggly stuff. I think I’ll ask to help cast the circle so I can use it. Some way I’ll work it in…; )

Adrienne picked out a Myrrdin Wand, cut from dark Walnut wood. She chose to leave the wood unadorned with any leaf at all.

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