Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wands - The Finished Product!

So I have finished painting mine and this is what I have. First I painted on a base coat, and then I used some metallic colors to accent them. I also finish my wands with a clear glaze. I use FolkArt's High Shine Glaze, mainly to prevent the paint from flaking off the glue. Not sure if that actually happens, but I prepared for it anyway. You can skip this step and probably be fine, especially if you don't want the wands to be too shiny. 

Also, if you use larger diameter dowels, you may want to shave down the point a bit with a sharp knife, but not too pointy that you risk loosing an eye. I know when you give any Potter fans a wand, they all adopt the mentality of five year old's, myself included, so personal injury is always a concern.

So get out there and be creative. The possibilities are endless, so I'd love to see what ya'll made!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

DIY HP Wands!


Good morning Yall!!!

I know that you all are obsessed with Harry Potter. There are tons of tutorials out-there for a variety of HP themed DIYs. Today I want to share with you one of my favorite HP DIYs - Wands!!! Wands are a very important aspect of the magical wizarding world and make great gifts, which is what I wound up giving some of my friends for Christmas. It's a really simple process, and you probably have all the supplies at home.  

So here's what you need: hot glue gun, glue, wooden dowels, and paint. I used 12inch dowels that I bought  pre-cut in a pack of 12 for under a dollar, I found that 1/4" dowels tend to work best, but 3/16" and 5/16" also are a decent size. Also, when making these, you can go through a lot of glue, so be sure you have enough on hand.

It's a really simple process, just use the hot glue to create the shape of the wand. There are a lot of different ways you can style your wands. Be creative, and just finish up by painting your wands. I used acrylic paints and accented with metallics, but I haven't gotten around to painting these yet. I'll update you when I do. 

In the meantime, I'll be posting another tutorial soon, so if you have any feedback as to how I can do this better, I'd appreciate it, and I'd love to see what yall make!