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Wands

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We all know of the series about the young kid who gets whisked away from his horrid aunt and uncle into a wonderful world of witch craft and wizardry. Recently, my nieces discovered the book. And they love them. Being the “Crafty Aunt” that I am, when the youngest one asked for a wand, I couldn’t say no.

 

I searched for ways to make the wands online. The best tutorial that I found was one where you make the wand from paper. Somehow, this just didn’t seem like enough. So, I began experimenting with polymer clay. Each of the three wands turned out completely different. There as LOTS of trial and error, and I have no step by step pictures. But, I will share the final ones, and how I got there.

 

I rolled the clay out as flat as I could make it, without it sticking to the table.

Then, I cut out a piece about 1 inch wide, and equal to the length of the dowel that I was using. (Each one is a different length, from 8 – 11 inches.)

I sprayed the dowel with spray adhesive to make it a little tacky.

Then, I started rolling the clay around the dowel.

And rolled.

And rolled. Trimming extra from the ends as it built up.

I did the same thing for 4 or 5 layers of clay.

Then, I embellished. The first one has only twists in the clay. The other two have long, thin rolls of clay to act as vines and texture in the “wood” of the wand. I hope you like them. If you have any questions, let me know! J.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My First Pinterest Try

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For many months now I have, like so many others, been building my Pinterest boards, and gathering ideas for projects.

So, as much as I am looking forward to trying so many of these fabulous projects, I had to pick one where I truly had every single supply on hand already. I chose to make a paper tree.

You can click on the photo for the tutorial. I had to change mine some, based on the materials that I had handy. Also, based on the fact that I seriously have trouble cutting on a line, even when it is so nicely drawn out.

1. I gathered all of my supplies.

Mini stack of scrapbook paper

Multiple pairs of pliers (Seriously, you only need one. I am just picky.)

Scissors

White glue

Wire (I had a ton of different wire, none of it green floral wire. This particular wire is the kind used to hang a drop ceiling.)

2. I cut out my leaves. 

Rather than tracing and trying to match up leaves that were close, as the original tutorial suggested, I folded my paper in half, and cut both pieces of one leaf at one time. It was totally free hand, and I think most of them turned out just great! In total, I used around 165 leaves. I would have done more, if I had not used all of the paper I had in my color scheme!

3. I cut my wire pieces.

I cut the wire in pieces 12 – 16 inches long. 8 inches would have been more than enough!

4. I glued the leaves to the wire.

I opened my leaf so the back sides were up.

Use a line of white glue.

Put a piece of wire in the glue.

Cover with the other piece of the leaf.

After it dries, trim the edges, if you can not glue straight, like me! (I did get better through the process.)

5. Gather the sticks. (I had them before, they were just not included in the supply picture. Oops!)

My sticks came from the front yard.

6. Start wrapping those wires around the branches.

And wrap….

And wrap…

And wrap…

And wrap.

Since my wire was silver, instead of green, I covered the entire branch (well, the part that shows from the vase.)

7. Display in the vase of your choice!

The vase matches the colors in my living room perfectly (instead of my craft room!) I love it!

Now. What would I change?

I would use a much thinner wire. I had some serious calluses after all of this wire. I imagine I would have still had one or two, anyway, but these were ridiculous!

As a trial, after I was done, I tried gluing the wire into folded paper, and cutting the leaves with the wire already glued in place. This would have eliminated the need to trim my crooked gluing.

Happy crafting!!!