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This is a (Harry Potteresque) wand that can cast 4 different colored spells. I chose red (Stupify ), white (Lumos ), blue(Expecto Patronum ), and green (Avada Kedavra ).
Each spell is commanded by a tact switch at the base of the wand. The wand can be customized to your style and spells.

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Step 1: Materials

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electrical tape
1 wide wooden dowel rod
1 CR2032 battery
1 CR2032 battery holder/clip
1 toilet tuber
1 green LED, 3-2.3VDC (The lower VDC creates a more intense glow), 5mm
1 red LED, 3-2.3VDC, 5mm
1 blue LED, 3-2.3VDC, 5mm
1 white LED, 3-2.3VDC, 5mm
4 Tact switches, 5mm

Step 2: Cutting the Handle

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Taking the dowel rod, you are going to cut off about 5 or 6 inches from one end of the rod. This will be the handle, so you can adjust it according to the size of your hand.
Use a hand saw. Be sure to keep your fingers clear of the blade.

Step 3: Preparing the Handle

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Clamp the handle onto your workbench. Drill a hole through the it longways, wide enough for your toilet tuber to fit inside snugly. Sand the ends of the handle.

Step 4: Putting the Two Together

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Insert the toilet tuber into the hole in the handle. Push it to the end.

Step 5: Sizing the wand

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Cut the toilet tuber to the length you want your wand to be. Cut that thing off the end.

Step 6: Stringing the Base Wire

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String a wire (common) through the wand, letting some wire hang out each side. In the picture, it's white.

Step 7: Strip! (Wires)

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Strip a cm off the wires on each end.

Step 8: Soldering to the Battery Holder

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Solder the end of the white wire coming out of the handle to the battery holder. Solder another wire (hot) to the battery holder (the black one).

Step 9: The Switches

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Cut four wires with a length from the tip of the wand to where you’d like the switches attached. Strip 1 cm of one end of each wire. Solder 1 wire to each tact switch.

Step 10: Grouping the Switches

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Solder the hot wire onto the tact switch. Then bend it over to a second tact switch and solder it onto that one too. Clip off any hangings. The switches will be placed in tandem on the wand.
phillipcd4 months ago

A great idea.

A bit hard, though.

where can i buy the switches from
ebay or amazon
tangerinne (author)  harry potter rules3 years ago
Radio Shack.
do they have a radio shock in england
You can find tact switches at

any particular type of tact switch
do you know how to make a laser pointr
I don't get where you stowed this battery holder on the wand. It seems a little large for the size of dowl that you used.
When doing on circuit like this you could use RGB LEDs!
tangerinne (author)  blinkyblinky4 years ago
The colors I used were red, blue, green, and white.
I only took pictures of the red LED because it had the highest quality. The others were kind of cheap =P
Red, Green Blue = RGB!

Red + Blue + Green = White

This is of course, all at maximum brightness
Mdob4 years ago
Just made this in like 1 hour. It's really cool and I may make some more for my friends when we go to Deathly Hallows Part 2. btw, If you don't have dowel or a toilet tuber then you can just roll up some cardboard. It may not be as sturdy but it works.
tangerinne (author)  Mdob4 years ago
Wasn't the movie great?
This is so awesome :D I'm gonna make one for the 15
tangerinne (author)  AngelInTheNight4 years ago
Definitely! It only took an afternoon, and it'll be great for movie theater battles =).
One afternoon really? I may be making a lot more then