Last time we looked at some methods for choosing the right wand for the spell you’re next planning to cast, and today we’re going to look at something a little more involved: a few standard methods for making your own wand. 😀
If you’re crafty like me, the idea of making something yourself is enticing, and a wand isn’t terribly difficult to make. But, if making things isn’t your forte, don’t fret. The next chapter about what to look for when purchasing a wand will be much more up your alley.
So let’s take a look at some basic wands!
The Driftwood Wand. This classic wand is both simple and elegant, though unless you live near or get to visit a beach, might be difficult to obtain. Driftwood wands are one of the quickest and easiest to make because they don’t necessarily require any carving. At their simplest form, they are just a piece of driftwood. This type of wand takes well to gentle carving and light wood burning though, so you can add designs or symbols for additional power. Sometimes you might also find a piece that has naturally worn holes in it that will fit small crystals. An added bonus of the driftwood wand is where you found it: by the water. This means that it’s been charged with flowing water and likely warmed by the sun. The downside of these wands, other than their somewhat limited location, is that they are often fragile, and so should be handled with great care.
The Crystal Tipped Wand. Another popular favorite is a wand with a primary focus crystal at the tip, and sometimes at the bottom end too. The focal point for these wands is almost always the crystal, and when you’re crafting the wand, you should use a crystal that has special meaning to you, and not one that you chose at random. The handle for this type of wand is typically either wood, silver or some other semi-precious metal, with the crystal or crystals wire-wrapped into place. If you can help it, avoid using glue. Glue by its very nature is… well, goo. It doesn’t have any properties to add, and can actually block the flow of energy through your wand. Check out this link and this one too for some ideas on how to prettily wire-wrap your crystal into place.
The Crystal “Sword”. Unless you’re both comfortable with cutting crystals and in possession of the necessary tools, this is more of a find than a create. These types of wands are literally a single crystal that’s been cut or broken into an elongated shape. Usually polished, and ranging in size from about four or five inches to a foot, these types of wands are sleek, elegant and perfect for the crystal and natural stone fanatic. An alternate to a single stone wand is to attach smaller stones along the length of the main crystal; though this often gives the wand a clunky look, the additional stones add their energy to the main crystal’s for a more powerful tool. Most often when stones are added in his fashion, they’re done so in chakra colors.
Simple Wooden Wand. This is the kind of wand that I prefer. While crystals can be powerful with the correct utilization, a simple wood wand is both elegant and powerful when harvested, adorned and treated with care. Start by finding a healthy tree – the kind will be personal preference (I’ve always been partial to oak for some reason). Harvest the branch you wish to use with a thank you and well-being blessing on the tree. Removing the bark and sanding it down to shape will take both some time and skill, so if you’re looking at doing this for the first time I strongly recommend practicing on another piece of wood first. Go slowly through the process, and don’t fret over the little nubs that would have become additional branches; they are part of your wand’s character. Once the bark is off, you can stain the wood, and/or carve or gently burn symbols into it, depending on the wand’s purpose, the wood you chose and the aesthetics of it.
A couple of final pieces of information for today. (1) Keep in mind that a good wand should be no longer than the length from the inside crook of your elbow to the tip of your middle finger. It’s fine for it to be much shorter, but a wand that is too long for you will be unbalanced in use. (2) You should also take careful consideration for the quality of the materials that you use – functional, personal and economical are good themes to keep in mind when crafting.
What kinds of wands have you used in your practice? Have you ever tried to make your own?