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Handmade Wand - ''The Wand of Beethoven'' by PraeclarusWands Handmade Wand - ''The Wand of Beethoven'' by PraeclarusWands
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This is wand no. 38, based on the life and work of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. In the beginning of his career, Beethoven's style of music reflected the ideals of the Classical era, but as he continued his work, he formed his own style that placed less emphasis on the Classical era's beauty of form and more emphasis on the emotion behind the work. Because of this, Beethoven became known as the transition composer between the Classical and Romantic eras of music.

His role as the transformative composer is reflected in the wand by the swirling, somewhat random design, which starts out neat and orderly, with a rotationally symmetrical handle. As the wand moves towards the tip, the design becomes more asymmetrical and random, representing the change of values and Beethoven's own crazy nature.

I carved the wand out of a hardwood dowel (birch) with whittling knives, sanded it with 150, 300, and 600 grit sandpaper, stained it with sedona red and provincial stains, and applied three coats of clear acrylic varnish to finish. The wand is 12.5" long and weighs 0.5 oz. (13g).

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 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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zhugebeifong Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
So do you make wands and sell them?
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep! I do my work mainly by commission, but once in a while I'll make a wand on my own and put it up for sale.
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zhugebeifong Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
How much? Because I can't do really pricy things.
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Currently, an average wand commission will cost about $60, since I do all the work by hand. That number could go up or down depending on the design. I've got a journal with more information: praeclaruswands.deviantart.com…
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zhugebeifong Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It all sounds good. But... I dunno if I could.
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No worries. If you ever do decide to commission a wand, I can work within your budget if you let me know ahead of time. (I'm a college student, so I know what it's like to not have money >.< )
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zhugebeifong Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. Well, thank you very much. :)
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angelfabeth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing! It kind of reminds me of the sea, or maybe the way music solidified would look :)
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Another one of my personal favs. Beethoven was kinda crazy for his day. (The sea...hm. Maybe I should do a Debussy wand?)
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angelfabeth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A Debussy wand would be seriously cool O.O Maybe one for Vivaldi and his Four Seasons?
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