In my day, Halloween was for children, but now it seems that adults have really taken on the day as an opportunity to transform themselves, to become alter egos or act out characters.
For a Voldemort costume, I helped out by making the wand, which is called Tom Riddle’s wand (for when he was young) and Lord Voldemort’s wand.
Sculpey is perfect for this project. It creates a bone-like surface and has the weight that feels like a bone handle. Above is the support I used to skewer the handle on bamboo and place the sculpey in the oven vertically to harden. The bamboo is in an old metal flower frog to hold it upright.
The wand was made in two parts, first the handle, then the thin part of the wand. I looked at still photos from the film to create my interpretation of the wand. With the two parts sculpted and hardened separately, the thin wand was inserted in a depression in the handle that was fitted while it was still soft, then super-glued in place when the sculpey was hardened. I painted and stained the wand, first with gesso and then acrylic and watercolor paints. You can see some dried gesso on my hand in some of the photos. The staining color was brushed and hand-rubbed in wash layers to build up in the cracks and crevices. Are you having a Harry Potter Halloween?