Interesting supplement, Professor Flitwick! Sounds like you have some experience here.
I suppose I should point out that The Great Book of Saint Cyprian
(the sorcerer of Antioch) has a lot of the "dark arts" in it.
Though not mentioned, you can oil the wand using a natural oil. This will help preserve the wood and show the grain of the wood more. This may be some bias
In the systems of magick, wands are used to focus bio-energy, which is normally emitted through the palms of the caster in a fashion analogous to a shotgun (hence the ritualistic waving of hands to cast spells). In the animalia kingdom, bio-energy is transmitted through the marrow of the bone. In the plantae kingdom, it is transmitted through the sap channels. By properly holding a wand, you can take that shotgun blast and refine it into a laser, with the final focus being the crystal at the tip. The length of the wand is similar to the length of a gun barrel--the longer the barrel, the tighter the focus and more concentrated the emission effect.
Adding oils, which may make it look better, may be detrimental to the transfer of bio-energy through the sap channels and it if were used for magick, rather than for decoration, could cause a buildup of energy resulting in the wand exploding.
aluxon wrote:I would try to use more natural fabrics for the ribbons like cotton or linen (as examples) as opposed to plastics (or similar). The copper wire should be solid copper (some wire looks copper but isn't). The glue used should be archival-safe (i.e. acid-free) lest the wand starts "falling" apart prematurally.
The instructions were written circa 1849, so ribbons were probably cotton, dyed in plant oils for color. So think "19th century" when choosing decor.
aluxon wrote:This step is much easier with a properly shaped quartz crystal. A flatish bottom to place against wood and a decent point going outward (natural clear quartz should be as "see-through" as possible and the point should have 6 sides to it preferably coming to a single point). Note that this should be a natural crystal and not lead crystal such as is used for chandeliers.
Different crystals have different effects on the transfer of energy. Quartz transfers yang bio-energy effectively, because of the large quantity of silicon dioxide present. If you are going to deal with different forms of bio-energy, such as the yin or the "kundalini", different crystal types and shapes are required (pointy is yang, spherical, as in the scepter, is yin).
aluxon wrote:This may work well for focusing which I think is the purpose of the wand (which was never explicitly stated beyond starting out with some magical studies). For starting out, it may not really matter that much.
(See explanation above). Bio-energy is commonly understood as qi, ch'i, or prana. Couple other things to note, courtesy of a "sorcerer path" Elder in Great Britain, is that the copper wire can ONLY be used to secure the crystal. NEVER wrap the wand in copper wire! The coil acts like an inductor to bio-magnetism and it will create a type of biological "back EMF" in the wand, which can cause a backfire. (As demonstrated by Ron Weasley, you don't want to cast an "Eat Slugs" spell with a defective wand!)