I'm in the process of creating my alter and after many try and fails for finding a wand that I can feel a connection with, I've finally found the one. My only issue with it is that its drift wood. And although it seems sturdy with no bend, I know that it's also brittle.
Is there any natural ways/oils/etc to make it harden so I wont have to worry about breaking it in the future? Im a huge klutz xp
I have worked with driftwood a lot, making many wands out of it and I have found that not every piece will ever be the same.
If you don't like the idea of coating it in a thick layer of resin then it is all about trial and error, the longer the piece has been in saline water and the more sunbleached it is, the more brittle and hard to work with it becomes. If you can find yourself many pieces of driftwood, or buy them online, you can try the firmness of each piece, if you can push the back of your nail into it and leave a dent easily, then making a wand would be tricky, if it acts more like normal wood, then you are good to go.
Sometimes driftwood can be annoying to work with and often cannot be treated like a normal piece of wood, but if it is something you feel deeply connected to then persistence, a lot of driftwood and an already wand sized piece is the best chance you have.
I am beginner and I have confusion as there are many wands how to find right wand? Elder and Alter wands r interesting but I find many others interesting and useful so now I am in a realm of confusion how to find perfect wand?
I'm planning to make a wand from a tree I love dearly. But researching the type of woods you can use is a good first step! I discovered that part of the reason I love this tree is because the type of wood speaks to me.