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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 Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So do you make wands and sell them?
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  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 Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How much? Because I can't do really pricy things.
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  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 Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It all sounds good. But... I dunno if I could.
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  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 Oct 19, 2014  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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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oooohhh a Vivaldi Four Seasons set sounds amazing. If I have time, I will definitely make that, and the Debussy one too!
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angelfabeth Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great! I can't wait :)
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Rikky-Tikki-Tavi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my, this is simply gorgeous! It looks so elegant, yet powerful; truly fitting for such an outstanding person as Beethoven.
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! He was definitely an amazing guy.
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Astraeli Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
If I took a guess, I would imagine Beethoven's wand being made out of hornbeam - maybe with dragon heartstring core
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're right on with the hornbeam! That's what I imagined it to be. I put phoenix feather because Beethoven's legacy as the transition composer between the classical and romantic eras is symbolized by the phoenix's cycle of birth and rebirth - a transfiguration, of sorts - and Beethoven, as a musical genius, is reflected in the magic of phoenix song, capable of instilling both hope and fear in the hearts of listeners. But I can definitely see why Dragon Heartstring would have fit his bold personality too!
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Astraeli Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I totally understand the phoenix feather. I had thought of Dragon Heartstring because of his fiery personality combined with his musical genius, but now that you say it, phoenix feather is a much better fit.
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Astraeli Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
This is absolutely beatiful! It looks wonderful, and I think it fits his personality perfectly
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!! ^_^
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LordSha Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Your work is simply amazing !!! I've spent hours smiling like an idiot, feeling as if Ollivander had created a website instead of his shop ! This is one of my favourite wand (also because I like Beethoven's music may be...) could you post a picture of the different steps of creation ?(more precisely the beginning with the raw materials)
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!! I think this one is tied with my own for personal fav. I absolutely LOVE Beethoven's stuff, and the 2nd mvmt of Symphony no. 7 is currently my favorite piece of music~

I didn't take many WIPs of this particular wand, unfortunately... :(
But...I did for another one of my wands, so I'll get that together sometime in the future for sure :D
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xdarkkissx Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student General Artist
would you ever sell any of your wands? this is magnificent!
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! The only wand I have for sale right now is a James Potter canon replica (mahogany, 11", no pics up yet), although I do take commissions! :)

I shall direct you to my journal [link] for all the commission info, but the tl;dr is basically: You tell me what you want --> I make it, includes the box, optional box upgrade if you want it --> costs approx. $36, including shipping in US --> I send it --> you get it about a week later~
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Seraphine-Harmonium Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   Artisan Crafter
This is a VERY cool wand! Excellent design!
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!
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Inspirement Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the thought you have put into the design, as well as the design itself!
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It actually came to me as I drew it - I was just thinking "Beethoven!" the whole time XD
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Inspirement Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, that's great :D
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TurpentineJones Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! I have to ask though, why do you put down a disclaimer that it's not actually a real magic wand? Have people really thought that? Hahaha
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Haha, not yet, but I needed to clarify that in advance for the people who follow religions such as wicca who do believe in magic.
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TurpentineJones Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fair enough, off I go to put warning labels on my toothbrush =P
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