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Handmade Wand CB-678f by PraeclarusWands Handmade Wand CB-678f by PraeclarusWands
Here's a wand (no. 65) I made for someone who commissioned it as a present for her friend. It's carved from birch and stained with English Chestnut stains, and the black rings were colored with ink. The white shaft is birch's natural color. Stylistically, I think this is one of the simplest, yet prettiest wands I've ever done so far. Also, book!Ravenclaw box colors!!~

Praeclarus Wands and the Praeclarus Wands logo are trademarks of Maranda Li. Please don't upload my work to other places without asking first! (That's stealing.)

Usual disclaimer: My crafts are in no way associated with religious/occult beliefs. Wandmaking is only a hobby and is my way of showing support for J.K. Rowling's wonderful world. All wand designs I make will not be repeated and are my original designs (and thus are (c) to me), and do not intentionally bear resemblance to any other wands found anywhere unless stated otherwise.
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Munchkinmay May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Your wands are beautiful! I've made a few wands but I don't know what varnish to use, I don't want to spoil what I've done. What do you use on your wands? It looks great :D
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PraeclarusWands May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I'm using a clear brush-on polyurethane varnish, specifically a brand called "Duraclear." It comes in matte, satin, and gloss, so you can pick what you like :D
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Munchkinmay May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm a real beginner when it comes to varnishing, I don't want my wands to be too shiny but I'd like them to have a little shine... so should I get matte, satin or gloss? Thank you so much for your help :)
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PraeclarusWands May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'd say there are two ways you could go about getting a not-too-shiny look:

1. The more time consuming way - test it out on a piece of scrap wood. Try the satin by itself, and see if you like it. I think satin by itself is often fine, but some people think it's still too shiny, so add a coat of matte on top of the satin. Repeat on new sections of the scrap wood until you get the desired effect, then do it for reals on your piece.

2. The lazy, experimenter way - my preferred method! :D Mix equal parts satin and matte, and try it on your piece. Add a second coat of whatever you want more of. If it's too shiny, add matte. If it needs to be just a bit shinier, add satin. If you're going "Ahhh!!! No, too dull!" then and only then add gloss.

Hope that helped!
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Munchkinmay May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Brilliant! Thank you :) I've just seen your group, I'll join it :D
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PraeclarusWands May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:dance: Woohoo!
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LostEleganceAdopts Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow cool!
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PraeclarusWands Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^_^ Thanks~
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LostEleganceAdopts Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
welcome!
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How do you make them?

They are really awesome.
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