If you like this but want more of a challenge which not try it with added magic in the instructable A really magic Harry Potter wand for Lumos and Reveal Your Secrets charms, you get to make a wand with a UV LED at the tip that can reveal secret and otherwise invisible writing. (But I'd try this one first to get the idea).
Step 1: Prepare Your Paper
Step 2: Tightly Roll the Paper Starting in the Corner
Step 3: Glue the Last Third of the Roll
Then continue to roll the wand tightly and hold (with fingers) till it's dry
Step 4: Trim the Wand
If you want to make a very stiff wand, roll another piece of paper and glue tighter than the first one and poke it down the inside of the first one after coating it in a bit of white glue.
I avoided using a chopstick for this because I didn't want the wand to become dangerous. I would rather the wand broke than someone got their eye poked out with it!
Step 5: Plug the Ends of the Wand (and Fill It)
NOTE if you want your wand to be stiff and very robust, then instead of using the tighter rolled up paper core, you can fill it with epoxy resin. Epoxy resin is that sort of glue that you use by mixing up two parts. It can be very runny when mixed up, so you will need to plug the smaller end. After plugging the little end, but before plugging the big end, fill the wand with quick setting, two part epoxy resin. Use the 5 minute setting version rather than the really fast 90 second version and carefully dribble the glue down the inside of the wand, making sure not to get it on the outside. Don't worry If you do get a little bit on the outside though, just wipe it off carefully and quickly, you'll be painting over that later.
Step 6: Create the Surface Detail
As the glue sets rotate the wand in the air to make sure that no uneven drips build up. The glue gun glue should be set in about a minute or so, but might be tacky for a couple more minutes so be careful what you rest it on to set properly.
Step 7: Spray With Base Coat
Step 8: Paint on the Wand Main Colour
IMPORTANT: you must use a type of paint that dries waterproof. Ideally use acrylic. The reason for this is that the next step uses a wash which you have to wipe off while it is wet and if you have used a paint that can wipe off for this stage, then when you apply the paint from the next stage it will rub this paint off as well (which is not what you want).
To mix brown use all the primary colours (red, blue and yellow) in varying proportions depending on what sort of brown you want, or one primary colour with any secondary colour (orange, purple or green). Mix in a little black (but not too much) for a darker brown and allow it to be streaky if you want.
Step 9: Start Distressing the Wand
You do this by mixing up a wash of black. NOT too washy, but enough so that it remains wet long enough to be able to wipe it off. The best type of paint for this is acrylic. DO NOT paint the whole wand before starting to wipe the paint off otherwise it will dry and you won't be able to wipe it off.
Step 10: Finish Distressing the Wand
You won't be able to wipe all the paint off and some will collect in the corners round the glue gun glue and this will make it look really old.
Work on the handle area, in real life handles get worn more so will be shinier and have less dark areas. Go with the flow look at the work and wipe and paint until you are happy with the results.
Don't be afraid to go back a stage and add more lighter colours and then repeat the distressing if you want to get the right effect. Always wait till the previous layer is dry. If you use acrylic you can do this as many times as you want. But you only need to really do it once.
Step 11: Apply the Gold Detail
For one of my kids wands I used a bit of silver leaf to make some very highly reflective parts metallic looking. It was a brilliant effect. This is a bit more complicated in that you have to have gold or silver leaf and you have to paint a thin layer of gold size (a model makers' and artists' liquid glue that dries slightly tacky) on to the raised surface first and allow to dry for 2 hours and then apply the gold or silver leaf with great care (it is sooo thin) and then remover the excess with a very fine brush and burnish up with a soft cloth. The effect though is truly amazing, like real polished gold or silver (which is what it is of course). Gold or silver leaf is very cheap but you need to get it from a good art shop or from the web.
Step 12: My (but Could Be Your) Finished Wands
Have fun making the Wand and send me a picture of any you make so that I can out them up on my website (in the Your Models section). Leave a message here and I'll give you my email address.