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I know that to some wands are fluff.

Mine are a creative outlet for my magickal interests.

Each is gathered as a fallen branch, smudged and charged under a full moon before hand carving begins.

The type of wood is considered, and it's future use is determined.

A harmony of minerals, colors, herbs, charms, feathers, bones, beads, shells etc. are chosen to create a tool of beauty and power to focus the energy of the user or to simply have a place in a collector's den.

They have proven mildly profitable in shops throughout the country and into Canada, and maybe one day it will be my living.

While wands are not my only artistic interest, they are my favorite.

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Love your work! Love the Dragon charm wand! I have been bitten by the same bug, I don't use a wand often, but I love making them, collecting the wood for them, carving them , painting them and embellishing them.

Glad to hear that you have sold some, they are a labor of love. I have a few that I could never part with.

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If I did not sell them, my house would be full of them.  They are for me, an education in magick and method.

I would sure like to see some of your work.

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Thanks Sagefire, sometimes there is a creature hiding in the wood just begging to come out. Like the little owl, the tiger and of course the Raven. Quite a few of the twisty wands are made from driftwood and possibily roots. I have another jar filled with sticks just waiting to become something.

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I feel that some are more secretive than others.  I can start one, and it will stop singing to me so I put it down.  If I pick it up later, it may let me continue.  I have some that have taken over a year complete and some are done in a week.  I find my state of mind to be a key factor.  If I am angry or impatient, I have to walk away.

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As do I.  I have a stash of every branch that has called to me.  I have stones, shells, feathers, skulls, bones, crystals, charms, teeth, elk hide, deer hide, buffalo hide, all kinds of goodies.  I just can't turn anything down but eventually something amazing will result and my gathering pays off.

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Such a beautiful things are you creating, both of you. I can do some one thing in 6 month or so, I'm lazy. I admire people who are not.

Maybe you aren't lazy Mona, just patient. :)

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Well, I am not a patient person, somehow these days I feel compelled to create at least one thing a day. It started in January with my one painting a day project and I actually still do a small art project every day.

Not saying everything I do is good, but it sure makes your hand eye co-ordination better. And it keeps me out of trouble.

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10,000 hours to master a skill, or so I have been told by a really old watercolor artist, now dead I'm afraid. I wonder if I can contact him for another lesson.

Channel him maybe?

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Absolutely.

When I was in high school I had an art teacher that taught this as a right-brain exercise.

I have learned that under the right conditions and correct preparations, this can be an excellent channeling tool.

Just prepare yourself as if for spell work and let the paint flow.  I think you will be surprised and pleased with the results.

The trick is not to commit to an outcome but to simply 'paint the moment'.

I often do this carving my wands.  In this way, the piece reveals itself through you, not because of you.

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I have been doing something like you describe with my one a day paintings. I have a stack of small ATC size cards and I start with a random swirl of two colors, in fact I did a series of only random abstract cards and then looked at them later and ink pen drew on top.

Some of the different color combinations were very nice. I know the state of mind you are describing, it is the ideal state to create art in.

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I have good luck practicing that technique at least 3 time a week.  I have found that because of it, I rarely suffer from creative plateaus or dead phases.

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Very nice Sagefire, love the dragon and the owl charms and I recognize a few of those feathers. you are inspiring me to do some more wands.

I have a question about the hair tassel with the tubular top. when you make it do you use the hanging loop at the top to pull in the hair.

Not sure how to explain myself, do you hook the hair in the middle and pull it up tight and then trim it evenly?

I want to try and make some hair tassels with my own hair.

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A technical question, very nice.  These show 2 different tassels.  The unicorn wand has a tassel made of mane hair from one of my dad's mares.  To make that one I take a t-post for making earrings, put a loop in it, and thread the hair through the loop.  I then crimp the loop and pull the t-post through a cone bead.  The cone pulls the hair into shape and I can sculpt it with scissors..  I then add a stop-bead, make a tiny loop in the wire, and snip it short.  Add a jump ring and attach it to whatever I am working on.  The black tassels on the dragon and black willow wands are pre-made and attached with jump rings.  I would imagine using your hair would be even easier that horse hair and would make a more luxurious tassel.  I have also used mohair to make them.

You can actually see more examples on my Sagefire page.

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