Step 4: Handle Prep

Gouge or nick the four inch handle end a bit. This gives it a tooth and prevents the clay from sliding around over the dowel once it has been baked. It is not necessary to do this but it made the end result seem nicer when I did it.
Um baking the the wand is not a good idea.You should keep the way it is.
I've baked polymer clay over wood many, many times. Unfortunately, polymer clay does not air dry. It changes texture over time in the open air and gets crumbly. If you are under age, have an adult supervise the baking. If you are having trouble getting permission to do this, you might research the topic and of polymer clay covered wood. You'll find many crafters cover wood with polymer clay and bake it too.<br><br>However, being able to bake it is still a problem, you can try something called Magic-Sculpt which is an air dry compound that can give you many, many options. The packages are pretty large and you'll only need a little for a wand but there are so many things you can do with it.<br><br>
Sorry for the noob question but is polymer like Fimo?
Yes. Fimo and Sculpey seem to be the most widely available brands.
great, thanks :)
this is great, nice instructable,
It's cool :D I make my wand and so cool xD<br />
Very nice instructable!
On the wooden part of the wand you could use a wood burner gun and make some funky designs and what not.
can you use air dry clay, instead of polymer???
I don't think air dry clay would be as durable.
You can find finished stones of almost every color of the rainbow at a Lapidary shop, and most can be gotten for less than a dollar each, if you're looking for ones smaller than 1 centimeter, and are willing to use such things as Agate, Malachite or even some Jade.
For all you readers of Ray Bradbury, wood and paper will spontaneously combust above 451 Farenheit (231 Celcius). Most polymer clays soldify around 250 (121C) to 300 Farenheit (149C). If you put glass pieces in the polymer clay, I would suggest leaving the wand in the oven until it reaches room temperature to prevent cracking of the glass. Incidentally, I am not unfamiliar with woodworking injuries. The trick seems to be to retain a certain respect and even distrust of your tools. Don't just turn them off, but unplug them before touching the sharp parts, and don't turn your back on a powered up tool.
Good tutorial on using polymer clay with wood. Can you paint or otherwise finish the clay when it is fired, and if so what sort of paint should you use (water based/oil based/dye/crayons)? Alternatively, can you pre-mix different colours of clay before firing like Plasticine to get the colour you want to start with?
Yes, you can paint the clay. I made one that I painted with craft acrylics and it turned out ok. Other kinds of paint might be more durable for a wand expecting heavier use. However, you can pre-mix different colors of clay to get the color of your choice. You can also mix them a little less vigorously and get neat patterns in the resultant clay.
If you mix several colors or shades of colors together of polymer clays, you get stripes. a little planning ahead, and you can make almost any pattern in polymer clay, just like Millefiore glass.
Polymer clays already come in almost every color of the rainbow, and stay that color when hardened in an oven. They normally solidify at temperatures about half as warm as the spontaneous combustion point of wood.
I hadn't thought of using a combination of wood and polymer clay. That is neat. As a woodworker, and a reader of "Harry Potter", I have wanted to make some wands for quite some time now. I am thinking of matching the color of the dowel to the color of the polymer clay, and possibly inlaying some stones and shell bits. I can leave a couple of shallow saw cuts in the wood (less than halfway through) to make the handle stay in place. Wingardium Leviosa!
Really cool! Now I don't know which to try first: this one or the rolled paper/glue gun one! My problem is I want INSTANT gratification in this. Sigh. Thanks for the 'ible.
I was commissioned of sorts to make wands for my cousin's Harry Potter themed birthday once and I must have mad about 30 before I made a mistake and slashed through my knuckle while trying to carve the handle out of a solid piece of wood. sure wish I had known about this then. It would have saved me some time and about 14 sutures. Nice Instructable!
Oh ouch! That's got to hurt. But I'll bet the kids loved having real wooden wands rather than over-priced molded plastic versions that you find in the toy aisles. That's why we made these.

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