At last, a true and beautiful Wand of Art!

I’ve done it.  I have my Wand.  A true, 24k gold-gilded, silver-capped, quartz-set ebony Wand of Art.

Wand of Art

And yes, for those who are interested, I wrote about how I constructed and consecrated it, from the design to the angels, and you can read the whole thing here if you want.  (You totally should, especially if you’re interested in seeing the process I used to make and consecrate it.)  I’m calling it my Wand of Art, because I don’t think I’ll ever need another wand after this, unless it’s for some extraordinarily specific purpose.  After putting the hours and labor into this project, with the help of some very generous friends of mine, there’s no way I can not use this wand.  My deepest thanks go to Raven Orthaevelve and Sr. Satelle. for their extraordinary generosity and patience with this project.  I couldn’t have done it without these guys for putting up with my incessant questions, nor for helping me out nontrivially with supplies.

Now, some of you may mention, “But polyphanes, don’t you have two other wands?”  Why, yes, I do!  I have the fire wand I made back in 2011 as a fire-specific wand, and my original wand that I made for my Table of Practice at the beginning of this journey.  The ebony Wand, though, replaces both of them.  The fire wand is dedicated to a friend of mine for use in his Work, while the other wand…I haven’t yet decided what to do with it just yet.  I may keep it to sell or as a gift, or as a “travel wand” just in case.  We’ll see, I suppose.  I’m certainly not opposed to selling or passing on my own ritual tools, especially the ones I made in my magical infancy, but if that’s the case, I prefer that people use them to start with, make better ones, and pass the old ones on to others as I would.

Building the Fire Wand

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.