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In this instructable I'll be showing you how to make a wood burned wand! So my girlfriends birthday is coming up soon and she loves Harry Potter so I thought why not make her a wand of her very own!

Step 1: Supplies

You will need
- wood to turn on a lathe ( you can use a dowel or the back of a wood chair if you don't have a lathe).
- a hand torch
- sand paper
-clear coat paint
- a knife for carving (optional)

Once you have all these things you can begin making your wand!

Step 2: Wand Body

Once you've either lathed your piece or found a chair backing to use you need to sand it down to get it ready for the wood burning. The lathe will take less time as you can sand it while it's still on. Start with a rough sandpaper and then go up to a smoother grit.
( I used a chair backing for this one )

Step 3: Burning the Wood

In this step you will be able to finally add that black wood burn to your wand. So you will need the hand torch to give an even burn to the desired area. You want to do this lightly though because all you're doing is burning the surface. Once you have the wood burned in the desired places you can let the wood cool and then rub your hand over the burnt places to compact the charred wood so that the clear coat will stick on. You can also start adding your carvings here if desired.

Step 4: Clear Coat

From here you should have all design or carvings in place along with the wood burn. Once everything is smooth and ready to be coated you will need to find a way to hang your wand to give a nice even clear coat. The wood will soak it up fast so you will need a second coat. Do this in a well ventilated area! Once your coats are dry and cured you're done!
( sorry I forgot to take pictures of this part)

Step 5: Enjoy Your Wand!

You're finished and now you have a wonderful piece of work you did yourself!! I will also have a tutorial on making the box for it later. Let me know what you think I could do to make this better! Leave a picture of what you come up with in the comments!
<p>Nice. I like how the burning makes it look like that wand has seen some heavy use. </p>

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