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Old 08-02-2018, 01:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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The trickiest part is getting the phoenix feather into the core of the wand...
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The trickiest part is getting the phoenix feather into the core of the wand...
I've heard they don't take kindly to being plucked
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The trickiest part is getting the phoenix feather into the core of the wand...
This is a job for the casting crew, use a drawing and cast that bird in resin. If one feather is "magic" the entire bird should be better.
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These all sound like good ideas. If you're short on tooling like me you can use a set of Nova pin chucks to hold the end of the blank and then a live center on the other end. I only needed about an inch in the pin chuck, maybe 1.5".

I've made a couple dip pens this way, which are basically the same, just with a hole in the end.

Made one out of diamond cast as well.

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Would love to see some finished or in progress pictures of anyone's wands.
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Would love to see some finished or in progress pictures of anyone's wands.
You can see some of mine at Wands and Wand Pen. Although my Belaying Pen isn't a wand per se, it was made the same way (basically just a double closed-end pen).

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These all sound like good ideas. If you're short on tooling like me you can use a set of Nova pin chucks to hold the end of the blank and then a live center on the other end. I only needed about an inch in the pin chuck, maybe 1.5".

I've made a couple dip pens this way, which are basically the same, just with a hole in the end.

Made one out of diamond cast as well.

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If you are short on tooling the simple way would be to turn using nothing but a spur drive and live center. Both of which comes with the basic lathe. 50 years ago there were very few chucks available and no collets chucks available for wood lathes. We had face plates, spur drives and dead centers.
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For me, turning such thin spindles between centers creates extensive wobbling. Shape one end to fit the headstock morse taper and tap it snug. Friction will drive the spindle. Bring up the tailstock lightly. It's still necessary to keep one or two fingers on the back side of the spindle.
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I made a bunch of them 14-15 years ago and turned them between centers. I made them on the chunky side for small children hands.

Nowadays I would turn a round tenon on the headstock end to secure work in a collet chuck instead.
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Well ... it's not a tip for wand making, but they are wand tips nonetheless ...




I still have them laying around after making them .... they were hand made on my lathe from pure selenite sticks (crystals). I have some pieces that may actually be long enough to turn into the body of a dip pen, but CA doesn't seem to want to adhere to it so finishing with a decently scratch resistant coating for durability may be out of the question.

Selenite is water soluble, so it CAN slowly dissolve over time. Water can sometimes also be used to polish them, though these were sanded to 1000 grit dry and then hit with Plast-X for that nice clear finish .... it was fairly difficult just holding them in the chuck to even be able to turn them. Turning tools were all wooden with various grits of sandpaper glued to them, and very delicate work.
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