Cocobolo wand - nearing completion

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Project by Dragonstaar posted 09-15-2010 04:07 AM 2942 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK – these photos document the second phase of the Cocobolo techno-geek wand. A friend of mine provides the mysterious internal workings.

Prior to turning, the ends of the blank were drilled to match the widest part of the electronic components. A small hole was drilled (using a REALLY long bit) connecting the two compartments for wiring.

After turning was completed, holes were drilled on the sides of the handle to accept brass touchplates (complete with mystical symbols) that, when both are touched, complete an electrical connection to light up the wand. Battery & logic board are placed in a brass tube, covered with a brass button, inserted into handle and secured with a small brass screw.

The point accommodates a circuit board with a total of 9 different colored LED diodes (3 for the crystal and 3 each for the two side lights). Placement holes were drilled on the sides where genuine moonstones will be attached (moonstones are transparent enough to show changing colors of the LEDs). A quartz crystal was fixed into a brass sleeve using clear epoxy, then slid into place over the LEDs.

Oh yeah, and through a magical process completely unknown to me, a small computer chip is programmed to drive each set of LED diodes independently, and somehow all this is wired up to make this beautifully geeky wand. Or is that geekily beautiful?

All that remains is setting the moonstones and making a low-light video showing the lights in action.

-- Susannah, Colonial Beach VA

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#1 posted 09-15-2010 04:12 AM

looks great. can’t wait to see the final.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#2 posted 09-15-2010 04:43 AM

wow, where did u get that piece on the end?? looks great…


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#3 posted 09-15-2010 06:40 AM

Ollivander would be very proud of this wand! Very interesting build, I really like the brassworks and the turning itself is gorgeous.

Is this for your own use or are you making for someone else?

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#4 posted 09-15-2010 06:56 AM

Pretty darn cool looking wand, very nicely done.

-- RStadler

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#5 posted 09-15-2010 08:31 AM

Too fun! And it’s not done yet?

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 07:42 AM

wow, that is the nicest wand I have seen to date… nicely done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#7 posted 10-08-2010 12:56 AM

that is Beautiful!
i’ve made a lot of wands for friends and demos at holiday events (beltane,samhain,mabon etc)
i prefer keeping them very natural/rustic and not usually a fan of the ornate spindle styles but i LOVE the touchlamp and crystal idea !
i’d be very interested in learning more about the internals :)



-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#8 posted 08-22-2011 05:31 AM

Neat wand!

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