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Harry Potter wand tutorial + costume snapshots

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 24, 2011, 2:53 AM

Harry Potter wand progress/tutorial
I'm not sure if this can really count as a tutorial because I feel I didn't take enough photos, but I thought I'd share how I made my wand for Harry Potter cosplay. It's made with things I had lying around at home. :) Miguel :iconmerkymerx: helped me out a lot with his suggestions!

I started with these — A paintbrush, a hot glue/gluegun stick, some tape, a brown paper bag, and some foil. Paintbrushes are very good bases for wands because of the shape and material. This once I particularly fancied because of the beautiful color and finish of the handle.

The brush was too short by itself, so I had to extend the other end somehow. Feeling very silly, I stuck the hot glue stick into the head of the brush, right in the middle of the bristles, and taped it into place. Sadly I did not get a photo of how it looked then. I tore of a bit of the brown paper bag and wrapped it around the glue stick for added stability, and taped that into place as well. (You can still see a bit of the glue stick poking out of one end.)

Next, I looked for images of Harry's actual wand and used foil to mold the basic shape as advised by Miguel merkymerx. I intended to put air-dry clay on top of it, but I put the foil first to conserve the clay and keep the weight a little light. It's especially appropriate for the texture of Harry's wand handle because it's supposed to look rough and organic.

This is the clay I used. It's an air-dry clay that's very easy to work with. (It's made for kids, after all.) Trouble is, it's not very sturdy when it dries. The final consistency is sort of like rubber foam, unlike the very hard finish of Sculpey. I'd have wanted to use Sculpey but I felt like I didn't have enough of it at the time.

This is how it looked when I coated the foil with Model Magic. I did my best to give it a wood-like texture.

Once the Model Magic had set and hardened, I coated it with gesso to prime it for painting, and also to add more texture. So sorry, I did not get to take pictures of the wand at this stage, but it pretty much looked like the previous photo, only the handle was white instead of blue.

I then painted over it with acrylic paints, adding more texture with it as well, and here is a close-up of the finished wand. I recommend going with acrylics if you're making props, as opposed to poster paints, and especially not watercolors. Acrylics won't run or easily rub off once they dry, so it's okay if your prop gets a little wet (or if you touch it when your hands are sweaty). They're water-based too so it's easy to clean it off skin and brushes. Don't get it on your clothes, though! It's tough to wash off of fabric.

I kept the paintbrush the way it was, because I really liked its original color and luster.

When I used this wand for an event, I had several people asking how I had made it, and they thought the handle was actually made of wood. I painted it from dark to light to emphasize the texture.

I felt quite happy to say I had made it myself, when people asked where I had gotten it. I should have joked that I had taken lessons with Mr. Ollivander.

And there we have my Harry Potter wand, made with stuff I had lying around the house! :D

The day we watched The Deathly Hallows Part 2
It was a lovely day with the everyday magic of wonderful friends, happy little discoveries, and great food.

I gave my pet lovebird Mango a little pat as usual before heading out.

Cheeky little thing. I wish I could have him send things to and from my friends with him like wizard's owls, hahah.

I then met up with Kat :iconmoonlightflight: and Sammy :iconflamable77:, and we had lunch at Café Mary Grace in Serendra. :D

We were already partially dressed in our Hogwarts uniforms. Even though we didn't have our cardigans or robes on yet, we guessed that some people could tell we were on our way to watch Harry Potter, hahah.

The cafe had a really pretty, cozy interior

This was my lunch. Chicken Inasal Pandesal (the filling was accompanied by their own salsa and sauce) with a side of fresh potato chips and a creamy garlic dip. It was excellent!

Peach iced tea! My favorite kind. The Café Mary Grace tea really tastes like fresh peaches!
I apologize — I was looking forward to devouring my lunch so I was not able to take photos of Kat's and Sammy's food, but they each gave me a bite and everything was delicious.

We went to Cupcakes by Sonja to have some dessert. That's where we shot this. :lol:

I got a Vanilla Sunshine cupcake with chocolate frosting. I don't know what it is about this particular chocolate frosting but it's got me hooked. It tastes like there's actual molten milk chocolate in there.

Sammy got the Lemon Drop, which is also one of my favorite cupcakes.
We then went on a search for grey cardigans as part of our Hogwarts uniforms. I had been looking all around Ayala for them and came up with nothing. It didn't help that cardigans and sweaters are out of season nowadays. But that day, somehow, we got just what we needed! Happy with our fruitful search, we headed over to Greenbelt.

After slipping into our robes, we went around to pass the time since it was still early. It was funny how some people looked like they were trying very hard to pretend we weren't there. Hahaha! We were just quietly going about our business, eating gelato, looking around stores. Others called out to us, or tried to speak to me with a British accent. Others just smiled and waved, and we greeted them back. Some kids looked at us wide-eyed, and on one instance I put my finger to my lips and said "shhh" and winked at the little boy.

We went into this shop full of curious things, where I could not help snapping a photo of Sammy and Kat because it almost looks like it could be a store in Diagon Alley.

I dressed up as Harry. We were mostly going by the character descriptions in the book rather than the way they looked in the movie. (I am no Dan Radcliffe!) That is why I had these thick frames on at first, and why I chose jet black instead of Dan's dark brown hair.

Kat dressed up as Luna Lovegood since she loves Luna and has always felt she belongs to Ravenclaw. Kat had just used one of the wigs she had at home at the time, but we found one that was more appropriate about a week after, hahah.

We were wearing appropriate colored contacts but they aren't really visible here, hahah. We also need our patches and wands… There'll be a chance for that later! When we wore our robes again for a recent event, we made some upgrades. I'll post more about that soon!

Sammy was Parvati Patil, my fellow Gryffindor at heart. (Look at that fox behind Kat)

We went to the back of the store, nearly pressed our faces against the glass case of vintage spectacles, and we saw it — a pair of perfectly round frames! I hurried to a saleslady and asked her to please open the glass case so I could take a look. I picked them up carefully and admired them before putting them on. Then I turned around to show Kat and Sammy, and raised my eyebrows while I asked them how I looked. They said together, "YOU HAVE TO GET THEM"

And so I did. The size and fit felt just right on me. I just need to color the circular rims black somehow to get them to be a bit more accurate. Will do that for next time! (Also I am holding a paintbrush here because I hadn't started on my wand at the time HAHA)

We bought a pack of tissues, met up with the rest of our friends, and walked into the theater for the final movie of the series that has become such a significant part of our lives. Near the refreshment area, we saw a group of people who were partially dressed up and it seemed both our groups were kind of eyeing each other and wanting to say hi and ask for a picture, but our shyness got to all of us ahahaha.

I won't say much right now as a courtesy to those who have yet to watch it. It was just heartwarming and amazing to be in a huge room full of people who knew just how we felt. Even though we were strangers to most of the people there, we all laughed and cheered and cried and applauded together.

As the end credits rolled on we said, "Mischief managed!"

Still caught in a whirlwind of emotions, we made our way out of the theater. There was another group of people who dressed up for the occasion. We didn't miss our chance for photos this time. A lot of them turned out blurry. Perhaps Myk was still laughing at us for joining in with the sobbing during the screening. :P

Gotta hand it to the Quidditch guy for the dedication with the broom and all inside a mall!

After my friends and I parted ways, I got to watch again with Miguel :iconmerkymerkx: who had followed after dinnertime. The popcorn lady was very amused with me, and asked Miguel if he was Ron. Haha! My heart went on another ride and welled up with emotion all over again, but I was very thankful for it.

And here is a random webcam pic with my pet budgie, who is trying his very best to be Hedwig (although he is obviously far too small and too green, hahah)

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Also, here's a photo of my Harry Potter costume with a few small upgrades. :D

A lot of people have been saying MY CHILDHOOD IS OVER after seeing the last film. For me, it wasn't like that at all.

"Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic."

That one line made me feel that the magic was ours to keep forever, and that Hogwarts will indeed always be there to welcome us home.

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WhiteLillyDragonfly Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just awesome x)
And really well done! :D
Atakiri Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hi! I really want to make a staff for a Jack Frost cosplay using the faux-wood method you used for the Harry Potter wands, and I was curious if you had any tips, especially with the painting aspect. Thank you!
potterhead421 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
salamat jin! for the amazing wand tutorial! :D
BlueUmbrellaGirl Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student General Artist
the wand looks so real :D
Fransumaru Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
snowyblackrose Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   General Artist
thank you so much for the wand tutorial!!i'm so gonna use it because we're going to a hp convention!!i'm super excited!! xx
CrestofHealing Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the wand tutorial!! I've just made my own wand following your guide (although with Sculpey instead of air-dry clay), and I LOVE how it turned out! ^.^
ChibiblazeX3 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Would you.. consider making/putting together and selling a set of robes? (well, robes and all the clothes accessories, minus the wand and wig and stuff xD, like the cardigan and tie)
and I'll pay whatever you ask for it, like say, double what it cost to make + shipping for example? x3

just.. send me a note in response if you want, the only real preference I'd have is that it's here by halloween *facepalms*? and I' prefer Hufflepuff robes, or Gryffindor, then Ravenclaw xD
My friend is already being slytherin, and most store quality robes aren't too great, so I'm just kinda hoping.. since yours are so amazing x3
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petrino Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks more like the room of requirement/hidden things.
MR-ArKane Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student Artist
Wow amazing!! Im going to try to mkae a wond this way! Im not too good with mold though
:( Im going to be a hogwarts student for halloween. yay ~ Ill let you know how it turns out by using your tutorial. thanks!!! Bttw great gallery. much luv.
mistyrain1426 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Amazing! I linked your journal entry at a class forum at: [link]
a University of Southern California education course on new media literacies!
LuvDRpepper Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
I heard somewhere in europe they're remaking hogwarts ^^ Im so going there for a vacation after seeing that movie. XD if they let me in.
braverose Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. =) Hermione was among the first characters I wanted to cosplay but I never figured out how to make her wand. It has a weird carved design and back then I didn't have any idea or means to make it. I'll try using the materials you mentioned if I ever decide to continue that plan ^_^

By the way~ Glad to know I'm not the only person who said “Mischief managed!” after the movie XD Now that makes me feel a little less silly knowing someone else actually said it :XD:
Cheila Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You could start selling wands! I'd consider if it wasn't expensive, since the official ones are way too expensive.

You could even make personalized wands! *-*
Cheila Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The wand looks AMAZING O.O :heart:
honeko Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so freaking cool. I can't believe you made a wand like that, how creative. You are so adorable as Harry and I looooove the birds! :D
isnukwin Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
On the "Diagon Alley" place: It awfully looks like that vintage / antiquity store in Greenbelt that I'm obsessed about. -___-;
Kirschu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
You made that wand from a brush?! Oh Jin you are sooooooo~ amazing
&& you are the most amazing Harry ever! ♥
daisybits Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Beautifully done tutorial! I definitely think that the brush was a fantastic idea! I hadn't seen someone use one for the want before, and it looks like it worked out beautifully!
devinstyler Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
GREEN HEDWIG!! :D what an obedient little thing. :D
purpletenshi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student General Artist
I love reading your journals, this journal in particular :) It will always be so nostalgic to think back about Harry Potter. I also think the idea for the wand was great (must try later :D) and envy th way you guys got to go in a group HP cosplay. I wasnt able to attend this year, due to financial problems :( So depressed about it too! But reading this made my day, I felt like I could share in what you guys experienced. Anyways, Im glad you guys got to do such an awesome thing! Hopefully ill be able to catch you guys cosplaying in person some day!
AmatureLove Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, this journal made my day, you are an amazing cosplayer and an amazing photographer! Keep up the awesome work!~
Mardia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your bird.. It looks so... fluffy. ;_;
Crazzity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems like you guys had a lot of fun! 8D Its fun too see peoples reactions when you run around in a cosplay on town. Thought, the first time I did it people got scared and jumped when they saw me :c And I was Undertaker from Kuroshitsuji, and he is not scary :ohnoes:

However, your cosplays looked fantastic :meow: You did a great job with the wand! :D

Im planning on cosplaying young Snape, and I can't decide if im going to buy the slytherin robe or sew it... Did you guys buy your robes or did you make them?
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   General Artist
Hahah, indeed! Sometimes we get asked why we're dressed the way we are, but often people just ask if they can take a photo with us. It's rather sweet :D Well, Undertaker can be a little bit creepy sometimes. In a funny way! :lol:

Hmm, I haven't really looked at pre-made robes to check if they're worth it... Ours were custom-tailored like most of our costumes because we like to pick out the fabric ourselves. :) Hope that helps! I'd like to see more cosplays of young Severus!
Crazzity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah :meow: It is fun. It connects people, to cosplay, not just only cosplayers with other cosplayers. Other people too :meow: And its fun to amaze little kids~ >w>
Well, maybe :XD: But at that time I was not scary at all, I didn't even have his hair. Just scars and hat, and clothing D8 weird people

Well, I found one which is a replica/copy(?) of the ones in the movies. Thought, very expensive... And I really don't get the sizes ._. So I think I will sew mine :meow: Self made is always best~ thank you~
When you say custom-tailored you mean that you sewed it, right? :XD: I don't feel like hiring a tailor ^^;
JesterHikaru Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
o man.
u have some cute birds.
JaydeLinn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
i dont believe it!!!!

..(actually I do, i just cant believe how REAL it looks!!!!!) bah.
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   General Artist
I shall take your outrage as a compliment! :laughing:
Hahah, thank you! Glad it looks convincing! :)
Zychez Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
wand is osm o.o~ *sparklyeyes*

was trying to have it carved out of plain wood but i guess using clay would do nicely; but doing the paintjob.... D:
livexthexmagic Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
You guys all look great! I especially loved those vintage glasses, they are too perfect. The wand looks magnificent! I can hardly believe the finished product started out as those household objects!! :heart:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   General Artist
Thank you so much! And yes, I'm very happy to have found them!
I enjoy making props out of simple objects :D
OEmilyThePenguinO Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, I would've never thought of turning a paintbrush into a wand! I think it'd be great if you turned your journal tutorial into an actual tutorial on deviantart, I found it quite handy :)
also, are lovebirds good pets? I've always wanted a pair, I love birds ^_^
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   General Artist
Oh, I'm glad! :) I had been thinking about submitting it as a deviation actually, but I felt that I lacked some important photos. I plan to make another wand with Sculpey though, so maybe I can document the process better when I get around to that!

Lovebirds are really sweet! It cheers me up just to watch mine play, explore and chirp. He also likes to follow me around and be nosy, trying to examine/nibble on things I'm tinkering with, like my cellphone or the TV remote. :lol: They require some patience though! It's best to get them when they're really young if you can, so you can handfeed them and they grow up tame and affectionate towards you.
OEmilyThePenguinO Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh that'd be fabulous I think many other people would find it as useful as I did ^_^ thank you!

and oh yes, I'd always get a bird young. I have parakeets, and they're much better when you hand feed them. I heard that lovebirds have a much more shrill call, but I hear they're also more playful! Thank you for your insight and reply ^u^
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   General Artist
Oh, it's good that you have experience taking care of other birds then! :D Compared to my parakeet, my lovebird is more loyal and playful, but he can also be more temperamental :lol: As I was telling someone on another reply, my lovebird Mango is a little bit like Buckbeak. If you're a stranger to him, he won't always be warm towards you. If you want to pet him, you have to approach him slowly and make eye contact or else you might discover that lovebirds can bite hard :laughing:

That's another thing — lovebirds have bigger, stronger beaks compared to parakeets so it'll hurt more if the biting instinct isn't trained out of them. Not all of them seem to be biters though. I had taken care of a peachfaced lovebird who was very sweet and gentle. Mango is a Fischer's lovebird, and our vet says that breed tends to be more quick-tempered.

Whoops, sorry for rambling! :XD:
OEmilyThePenguinO Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no don't be sorry for rambling! I'm quite the rambler myself, what you have to say is interesting! ^u^ ha, you could write for a bird magazine, you describe bird personalities well! My mom and I both want a pair, but my dad's not convinced... they seem so lovely~
...not the biting so much. Beaks are stronger than they appear! D:
Orochimarusgurl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
That one line made me feel that the magic was ours to keep forever, and that Hogwarts will indeed always be there to welcome us home.

I sooo agree with you. Your tutorials, and cosplay are awesome as always! I'm glad you had fun at the premier. I wish I could have madde it. And your birds are as lovely as any HP owls. (and as loyal from the looks of it) ;P
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   General Artist
Thanks so much!

Hahah, I think my lovebird Mango is like Hedwig. Loyal, affectionate, but sometimes a little haughty. Kind of like Buckbeak too because if you're a stranger, you have to approach him slowly and make eye contact or else he'll give you a mighty nip if you try to touch him. :laughing:
Orochimarusgurl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's how all pets are when they are protective. my little snake was the fiercest pet i had ever had. he wa no bgger than a pencil, but if he didn't know you...or if he thought you meant to hurt me it was wise not to get to close.
mdyan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
That wand is fantastic! Seeing the blue clay, I was not expecting it to turn out so well. Well done!
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   General Artist
I was a little nervous at that point too, unsure of how it'd turn out. But I did my best! Thank you!
Frankinsense Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Two things: 1. You are a genius and your cosplay is fantastic! 2. I just finished making my own wand using this tutorial (except I used Sculpey on the base) Doesn't look nearly as fabulous as yours but yay, I have a wand now! :D
saber-kite Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your wand. I think I know the brand of that brush, which is pretty cheap, considering. I'm making one out of scrap paper and glue.

That quote by Dumbledore is my favorite. I don't want to think that the end of the movies signal the end of my childhood, or even the end of the magic of HP. Rather, I'd like to think of it as a chapter that closed and will lead on to new beginnings. That said, I do hope JKR will write something new soon. Doesn't have to be Potter-related, but something.

I love your costumes. Top notch, as always. :) Like I said on your FB, check out "A Very Potter Musical". I'm sure you'll enjoy it. :)
DreamsComeTroo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student General Artist
How resourceful!!!! I like the way you made the wand, and you're making me hungry with your food pictures. Wry you... -shake fist- You not know what you do to my tummey!!! -undirected need to eat a cookie-

I did see your fireworks stuff bwa hahaha xD I did that at the end of the movie as Draco unfortunately, pretending to be a conductor, I didn't know whether to feel badass or even more like a dweeb.
CatchingKeys Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah looks like you guys had a ton of fun. Wish I could have joined ya. You make a GREAT Harry, I'm glad you found those glasses, they're perfect. Ahhh man I love Harry Potter so much! So awesome to see you also enjoy it and dressed up for it :D. It will never be over. We're already planning for our next party for the DVD release. Not to mention we want to do an awesome pro photoshoot :). I still can't get over how awesome your moving photo is!!!!
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   General Artist
I just finished reading your HP journal! I wish I could have joined you/could have had you join us too!!! WHY MUST WE BE SO FAR APART!

I'm so envious of your party! I can't wait to read about your next one! I know my friends would love to do that too, but even the jellybeans are hard to come by over here so we'll be doing everything from scratch!

Photoshoot yesssssss! At least for that you could use Photoshop to make a twin :lol: That's what we did for our Parvati so she could have Padma. I wish we could shoot together!
CatchingKeys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow you just really know how to time your replies. Yet another bad day for me and here you are, filling me with happiness in your comments yet again. :D (I don't normally have bad days either, I mean life is too fun to mope about it).

GAAHHHWHATYOUTOOKTHETIMETOREADMYJOURNAL!!!!!?!?!??! The party was so much fun, I'm super glad you read about it and enjoyed the photos. I really wish we lived closer because that would be awesome to have your whole group and mine join forces so we could rule Harry Potter cosplay and have the most epic photoshoot!!! Maybe we could plan photos and use the magic of photoshop to look like we're standing next to each other???? << >> The twin photoshop thing is a good idea. I should try doing that.

And I just can't bring myself to reply to your other comment because if I do, it will disappear from my news feed and I like seeing it there and re-reading it XD.

And that Tumblr clip of George turning to the non-existing Fred is SO SAD! I didn't even notice. AHHHH WHY!?!?!?!?!
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   General Artist
:hug: That's a very good mindset, and I'm certain things will look up for you soon! I'm glad I had managed to help a bit with the cheering up!

Yes, I did! I enjoyed every bit of it! I had my friend read through it as well; we were so delighted and envious! Hahah! Oh gosh yes join forces! At least I know another costume I can bring next time I make my way over there! But for now... Hold on, I'll send you a note! :)

Aww! I actually keep a lot of your replies in my dA Inbox folder for comments that make me happy :D

CatchingKeys Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh whut I didn't even know you could make folders in your inbox! Ha wow.
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