Sunday, March 4, 2012

original slytherin wand designs

I am currently working on a custom Slytherin design for another friend.  Here are a few of the ideas I came up for her wand.  Again, more serpent related wands, as per her request.

Explanations of what you see:

1.) Brown wand shaft with multiple snakes wrapped around lower half.  Snakes would be raised above the wand shaft level ( like Hermione's vines on her wand).  Base of wand has a silver band and a round/ball base.

2.) Black wand shaft with one long brown snake wrapped around lower half. Snake, as number 1, is raised/on top of wand shaft.  Base of wand is a green (hint to Slytherin house colors) faceted sort of base.  Could also add a silver band above this to have both house colors in the wand. I would rub black paint into the etchings to give the snakes a black outline to stand out against the color of the wand shaft.

3.) An olive green/brownish color wand.  Entire wand would be covered in clay, then the 2 snakes would be etched into the clay.  The lower end of the wand has a thin black band, and then a kind of rounded arrow type cap base.

4.) A black wand shaft with 2 snakes (raised on top of shaft) of differing shades of brown ( here a reddish brown and an lighter brown) make a criss cross pattern for the handle.  There are black bands, and gold bands that also adorn the wand above and below the snakes.  The base would be this pearlized/semi opaque white rounded tip ( much like the end of the McGonagall wand the Noble Collection makes).

5.)  a dark brown wand shaft with a lighter brown handle color.  The snakes could either be etched into the clay or raised on top of it, but each ( I'm thinking 3 maybe if multiple  - would appear to wriggled straight up to the tip.  Or there could just be one snake ( either raised or etched in).  A dark brown band is above the snake and a dark brown flattened rounded base is below it.

6.) A reddish brown wand shaft with 3 (maybe four) black snakes wriggling up the shaft.  Below the snakes would be 3 dark brown rounded bands and a ball base of the same color

7.)A light brown wand shaft with a slightly darker (but still light) brown handle color.  Multiple snakes would be etched into the clay covering the handle.  I could rub both back and brown paint into the etchings to try to differentiate each snake.  Or I could either keep the snakes uniform ( all outlined in either all black or all brown).   Bronze bands are above and below the etchings of the snakes.  Then a black band and a faceted black base.

padfoot and moony

The next 2 wands I went to attempt were intended to be a matched set.  But I broke up the set to give them as gifts to two different people.

The first was the hardest, by far.  My own version of Sirius Black's wand.  I tried this wand about 3 different times.  My main issues were results stemming from the fact that I had to cover the entire wand shaft in clay to get the patterns on both the handle and the wand shaft.   The carvings would work out well on one side, but not the other.  And the clay seemed to shift and not adhere as well to the wood at times and my attempts to fix it, only resulted in more warping of the runic patterns.  I also found that the clay made the wands very heavy, so I attempted to shave off some clay in some versions.  Sometimes those shaving attempts were not as even as I would have liked either.  I also found it difficult to bake without marring the pattern in some way as well.  I will have to re-visit this wand in the future.

The next wand I felt really turned out well.  And that was my own version of Remus Lupin's wand.  The one you see below was my first try.  And I'll admit,  I was so pleased that it turned out so well, I was very tempted to keep it for myself. But I gave it away as a birthday gift.

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