Safety, again is a factor when working with any sort of tools or sharp objects, so be careful.
Step 1: Materials
1. Stick, dowel, branch, 1x1, any "carveable" piece of wood that you want to make into a wand.
6. Lacquer (optional)
7. Paint (optional)
Step 2: Cutting Down to Size
Step 3: Mark It
I've marked the centers of the bulbs with dashed lines (- - - - -) and the ends with solid lines (------). I figured this would be easier come the shaping stage.
Step 4: Cutting
Step 5: Shaping
Then I took the pencil lines down the outer side, and use my knife to make the rough bulb a block.
I then rounded the corners with my knife, and smoothed it out with the finer half of the rasp.
Step 6: Rounding
I wrapped a piece of sandpaper around a dowel, then sanded down the corners of what will be my bulbs. Sand until the circumference of the dowel creates a nice taper down to the wand core.
Continue with all bulbs.
Step 7: Adding the Bauble
After that I began shaping the end with my rasp, then cut it off a little longer than needed so that I could shape it later.
To attach the bauble, I used a toothpick and secured it with superglue.
I tried to take a short-cut in the shaping department and ended up breaking the bauble, but was able to fix it with superglue.
When all the glue was dry, I finished up the rough shaping and got ready to sand.
To sand, I placed a piece of sandpaper in my palm, pressed the bauble into it, and twisted until the end was rounded to my likeness.
Step 8: Details
Then using a toothpick, I applied some superglue to the wand, and wrapped the paper around it.
After allowing it to dry, I used an X-acto knife (carefully) and cut away the extra paper. Now I had an area to add the rune symbols.
Again, I did this with black paint and a toothpick.
After that dries, shellac and allow to dry. I used about 3 coats each half. Adding the shellac slightly changed the color of the wood and brought out the grain.