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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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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 :)
PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Another one of my personal favs. Beethoven was kinda crazy for his day. (The Maybe I should do a Debussy wand?)
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?
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!
angelfabeth Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great! I can't wait :)
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.
PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! He was definitely an amazing guy.
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
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!
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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