Finally Faery Wands!!!

•June 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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The idea to make quality, hand made, unique faery wands came to me while at work.   Toy stores wands are usually plastic with plastic beads, plush fabric stars, ribbon and etc etc.   I feel children (or really cool adults) deserve better.  Wands are one of the most important parts or magical play.  So why skimp.  (Sorry Hoggle)

So here’s where I started.  Oak dowels.

I, of course, cut these in half…

Didn’t get a shot, but next with my dremmel I drilled a hole in one end, in order to thread the wire through to string on beads and such.  Just wrapping the wire around the dowel was not going to keep it in place.

I shaped and rounded the ends using sanding bits on the dremmel, adding character to each.  To finish the wood, I coated each with lemonpolish and cleaning oil.

May I say they looked amazing just after this.

 

Then the real fun begins, dressing them with with beads, glass, semi-precious stones, trinkets like found rings and old lockets.  Copper wire is easy to work with, and a touch of power too.

So, here are some of  the results 😉 enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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So far tonight

•May 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

These are what I have finished so far tonight.  Who knows how much longer I’ll keep going, but seems the going is good at the moment.

My abstract of a Cherry tree at sunset.

Celestial heavens.

Keep tuned, I plan to add any others I finish tonight to the gallery.

So,  few hours later, I have three more tonight.

Spiritual Self

By the Sun and the Moon

Paisley Funky.

Acrylic paints.  Original designs.

Fairy Wands and a jewelry box, let’s begin!

•May 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I am proud to say I am a seller at a local shop, and am preparing for sale at another.  Both these shops are metaphysical in nature.  You’re likely to find herbs, tea blends, salves, oils, jewelry, hand knit items, yarn  and more at each.  Most decidedly, but not intentionally, having few offering for children.  Especially for children’s fun and play.  I have a few ideas to remedy this.  I’m starting with fairy wands and bubble wands.

The materials so far are pretty simple.  I did buy the dowels from the hardware store, and some wood care oil.  The rest I have in my ever building pile of materials and supplies.   Ribbon, wire, beads, pliers etc.  My supplies come from every likely and unlikely source.  Goodwill and the consignment shops are always on my list.  There’s also Restore, a shop which accepts donations of extra building materials and housing supplies.  The money they get goes to Habitat for Humanity.  As you can tell, I prefer to use second hand materials whenever possible.  Re-use, re-love, re-imagine.

These wands I am making with great care.  Here are the dowels, oak and just cut.

Now here they are, 5 of them ready for decoration.  They have been sanded, the ends shaped and rounded with a dremmel hand tool.   Next I coated them with orange oil wood treatment.   This was my first time at this, and I simply love how they turned out.  Gorgeous and natural.

Keep an eye out for what they will look like next.

I said something about a jewelry box, did I not.  This cutie I found a Goodwill.  Looks ok pre-fab…but I plan to make it look even better and truly unique.


I think that’s all for tonight.   It is time to get back to work :).

Unexpected Arts – Sneak Preview

•May 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Namaste!

Unexpected Arts features the creative works of Rebecca J. Allard.  Here you may find everything from beaded jewelry to knit creations, photographs to wire work.   My materials could be anything,  maybe sparkling new stones, perhaps reclaimed fiber.   It is my joy to create everything by hand, to make your wold and mine a better,  more beautiful place.

So, here’s a taste.

Visit often.   Leave feedback and tell me  what you think.  I always have multiple projects in motion, and occasionally I will share photos of the process so you can see another great piece emerge.

Remember, beauty is all around us.

Take Care,

Rebecca J.