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Step 1: Gathering the Materials
Wood Dowel (I used 7/16th inch but you can use whatever seems appropriate)
Knife or other tool for whittling
Polymer Clay in the color of your choice
Polymer Clay tools
Sturdy glass bowl or cup
Stain or paint
Furniture wax or varnish
Stones, gravel, or sand (to weigh down the wand handle during baking)
Optional: small stone, glass or crystal gem about the same diameter of the dowel
Step 2: Texturing the Wood
Then whittle the length of your dowel (minus about four inches for the handle) tapering toward the end. If you wand a rough look to the wood, this is the time to gouge it. An alternative to using a knife that's more kid-friendly is to use a metal file to create the shape. You want it to taper down to the end. This can be a nice smooth taper or a distinctly warped one depending on your taste.
Step 3: Smoothing
Step 4: Handle Prep
Step 5: Preparing the Clay
To determine the handle size you will use, lay the wand across the clay and put your hand over it. You will want the length of the handle to be a bit longer than the four fingers of your wand hand are wide. Consider making the length of the handle about two extra finger widths long. Then cut the four edges of your clay to make them straight.
Step 6: Marrying Wood and Clay
Step 7: Sizing the Clay
Step 8: Smoothing the Clay Seam
Step 9: More Handle Work
Use a craft knife to make an even cut all the way around the non-end handle edge. Carefully taper this end of the handle so that there is little or no seam between the wood and the handle.
Step 10: Optional: Adding a Gem
This wand had a gem embedded in the end. This is a small cabochon gem made like the Faux Gemstones discussed in my blog and on an Instructable. Any polished stone that can be baked will work though. Plastic gems get warped and cloudy so avoid using them.
To embed the stone, I wrapped all but the visible side of the gem in clay and added it to the end. Then I added an embellishment layer of clay to cover the seam.
Step 11: Embellishment
I added another layer of clay on the non-gem end of the handle for symmetry. Then I added texture using my own knotwork wedding ring and the end of a chopstick.
Some people liked to hold this in their hand and "squish" it a bit, making their own hand imprint in the wand to create a perfect fit.
Step 12: Baking
Place the wand, wood side down into a glass bowl or cup that is deemed ovenworthy. Pour in some sand, gravel, or pebbles to keep the handle wand from flopping out. Place this on an ovensafe glass pan. Polymer clay is meant to bake on glass and using metal might cause more heat to be transferred than you will want so use glass, just like the package says.
Bake as directed on the packaging of your clay.
Step 13: Finishing
You now have a unique wizard wand. Just like magic!