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Mass Producing Magic Wands

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This is a quick simple method of mass producing wands that look pretty cool and are fairly inexpensive. I used this technique to make wands for a summer camp week that was themed around the Harry Potter books. During the course of the week, the kids got the chance to further decorate and personalize their wands.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Materials I used are:

Dowel rods
Wood stain
Napkins
rubber gloves

Belt sander
Small saw (for the dowels)

Some optional decorative materials:
Clear spray paint
Yarn / string

Step 2: Cutting

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Cut the dowels down to wand size.
The wands specified in the Harry Potter books average about a foot long, and range from 16" (Hagrid's) to 9 1/4" (Peter Pettigrew) with a Professor Umbrige's referenced only as 'unusually short'. Source

I cut the dowels I had found to about 8 - 13 inches since I was making the wands for young children.

PS: Honey suckle grows long narrow stalks perfect for wand making, if only slightly bent. They can be used as easily as dowel rods after shaving the bark off. Plus, the plant is invasive, so kill it all you want!

Step 3: Sanding

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Sanding with a sheet of sandpaper is slow and uses a lot of paper. I recommend using a bent sander if you plan on turning out a lot of these.

Sand at a steep angle first and spin the dowel on the moving belt.
Next, spin it again on a less-steep angle.
This gives it a rounded edge.

Depending on the quality of the dowels, you might consider sanding the shaft as well.

Step 4: Staining

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Using a brush on a small dowel rod is actually somewhat challenging. 
After a while, I worked out a much faster way to stain the wands:

Put on a pair of rubber gloves, grab a napkin, dip the napkin into the wood stain, then apply it to the wand. You will also want to dip each end of the wands into the wood stain as you paint. Always rub off excess stain with another napkin.
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