Good news, everyone! I built my fire wand! AND IT IS THE MOST AWESOME THING AMONG AWESOME THINGS.
To remind you of the original plan, dear reader, the wand was to have a copper tube with a brass end piece for the butt and a brass connector for the point. The brass end piece would be inscribed with the symbols of the planets, and the connector with ADONAI. A quartz point with a small metal ring on it would be fitted and soldered into the brass connector. Onto the inside of the brass end piece would be soldered some gold and iron wires and would tie onto the metal ring on the crystal. Around the wires inside the length of the tube would be a cotton wrap of “fire powder”.
In the process of building the wand, though, a number of problems came up, and I had to make on-the-fly changes to the wand’s design. Even with the changes to the design and a few minor problems that cropped up, I’m really pleased with how it turned out. This is the most expensive project I’ve done yet, but it was so worth it. Holding it aloft just feels incredible, and if I ever get rid of it, some mage will be very happy to find himself with this little treasure.
Pictures are up under Crafts, and a page about the construction of the wand as well.