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Potion Making for Kids

$80 per person (aged 9+) per class and you can take home a potion of your very own! These are the swirly potions you may have seen on my TikTok feed. They are not for drinking but can be a useful meditation aid. Great to decorate an altar, shelf, or desk.
This is an immersive experience. You will be led by Instructor Jynx Rabbitpaw in the art of potion making with some discussion about the various properties of the magical ingredients. You can take what you learn from the course and make your own potions at home. The course includes: A glass bottle, printed instructions, ingredients to make one potion, potion labels (you can take the extra ones home!), wax seal, trimming to decorate your bottle, a charm, diploma with your class grade (frame not included).

The next class will be October 11, 2023, date to be announced.

The class will begin with health and safety and accessibility overview. You will be provided aprons, but note if you come in costume, and your clothes become stained or dirty, we are not responsible for any damage incurred by participating in this class.

FAQ

q: Can you drink the potions?
a: No. The potions are made to be shaken and to watch the swirls as you focus on the outcome of your meditation. Some potions change colour. Most of the ingredients are safe if digested; but to be on the safe side, best not to ingest since that is not the intention.

q: What goes into a potion?
a: Distilled water, vegetable glycerin, craft glitter, mica powder, food colouring (optional), 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol to prevent mold). During the classes, some ingredients like the craft glitter and mica powder will be labeled with magical names of creatures (and other ingredients) for part of the immersive experience. Students get to keep a label of the real ingredients and the instructions with the pretend ingredients.

q: Do we get to decorate the bottles?
a: Yes, that’s a large part of the class. Once the potion is made, the glass bottle gets to be decorated and sealed. We provide you with an assortment of materials to zhuzh up the bottle’s appearance. We have an assortment of paints, wax, wax seals, trim, and labels. You can even add some small charms, if you wish.

q: Will my clothes get dirty/stained?
a: That is a possibility. I often leave the shop with stains on my sleeves from paints. Wear something you don’t mind getting paint on that will never come off. If you come in a costume and it becomes stained, we will accept no responsibility. You have been warned. This will also be included in class orientation. We do provide aprons.

q: Do we have to bring a bottle from home?
a: You don’t have to provide anything, we have everything you’ll need for this course including several glass bottles to choose from and a variety of corks to stop them with.

q: Do we have to follow the instruction sheet exactly?
a: It is recommended you follow an instruction sheet provided… there may be a special instruction sheet left about here or there to find in the classroom šŸ˜‰

q: Can I make my potion at home?
a: You can certainly make a potion at home. There are tutorials available on Youtube and TikTok, in fact that’s where I’ve gotten the ideas presented in this class from. We do not have a Potion Making kit available at this time for take home; we are in the works to make an at home Potion Making craft kit available for sale. We also are now selling finished potions in decorated bottles in the shop.

q: Can I book a private class?
a: Yes, we are available for private booking of Potion Making and Wand Making classes. Contact us via our portal here.

q: Does the potion class include a charm?
a: Yes, the Potion Making course includes one charm you can use to further personalize and enhance your bottled potion.

q: Can I make a custom charm?
a: Yes, the Potion Making class affords you the opportunity to make your own simple custom charm to attach to your wand. Or you can choose from one of the many charms we already have available on display.

q: Can I get hurt during the class?
a: We will be using hot glue and glue guns that can get as hot as 300 degrees Fahrenheit and 148 degrees Celsius, hot wax, and a lighter; therefore there is a possibility of small and serious burns if one is not dexterous or careful enough. If we do our job right, no one should get hurt. If you feel unsteady or unsure, you can always ask the instructor to take over a particular application for you. There will also be a first aid kit, a sink with cold water, and a health and safety orientation before the class begins.

If you have a question not covered here, feel free to comment below.

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Wand Making for Kids

Next class will be available in October 18th 2023.

$80 per person (aged 9+) per class and you can take home a magic wand of your very own! These are the same type of wands you may have seen in the physical shop and here online. They are a wonderful cosplay prop with the magical core “spilling” out of the wand.
This is an immersive experience.
You will be led by Instructor Jynx Rabbitpaw in the art of wand making with some discussion about the various properties of the magical ingredients and the mythical creatures they come from. You can take what you learn from the course and make your own wands at home. The course includes: A prepared wooden stick (dried, oiled, sealed), printed instructions, magical core (and adhesives to make them stick), potion labels (to decorate bottles at home!), fabric to decorate your wand handle, a charm (all wands have a link in the butt of the handle to affix a charm to), wand registration form, colouring pages, a wand box to decorate.

The class will begin with health and safety and accessibility overview. You will be provided aprons, but note if you come in costume, and your clothes become stained or dirty, we are not responsible for any damage incurred by participating in this class.

FAQ

q: Can I request a certain type of wood or length for my wand?
a: Yes, we will do our best to accommodate your request and if we cannot meet it, we will let you know. If we cannot find the wood or length youā€™re are looking for, we may make some other recommendations. You can decide if you wish to continue with the Wand Making class or not if we cannot meet your requirements.

q: Can I make my wand from a stick I find on the ground?
a: If you wish to do that, you’ll need to bring your stick to the shop in advance of the class; so that it can be properly treated and sealed (prepped) before the class starts. All sticks at the beginning of class should already be cleaned, waxed, and sealed with the butt of the handle ready to go with a link to hold your charm. Part of why these classes can now exist is because prep work will have been completed for you before class begins. Wands normally require a lot of curing time between steps, days worth.

q: Can I take my wand home with me at the end of the wand making class?
a: Yes, because most of the curing time is taken care of prior to the class, you will be able to take your wand home at the end of the class.

q: Will my clothes get dirty/stained?
a: That is a possibility. I often leave the shop with stains on my sleeves from paints. Wear something you don’t mind getting paint on that will never come off. If you come in a costume and it becomes stained, we will accept no responsibility. You have been warned. This will also be included in class orientation. We do provide aprons.

q: Do we have to follow the instruction sheet exactly?
a: It is recommended you follow an instruction sheet provided, but if you wish to try something different, ask the instructor for the best way to go about it.

q: Can I make a wand at home?
a: You can certainly make a wand at home. I have been making wands since 2009 and have come up with several tips and tricks to make my wands unique and beloved and I’m happy to share that information with you. We do not have a Wand Making kit available at this time for take home; we are in the works to make an at home Wand Making craft kit available for sale. We always have dozens of wands on display for sale in the shop.

q: Can I book a private class?
a: Yes, we are available for private booking of Potion Making and Wand Making classes. Contact us via our portal here.

q: Do wands come with boxes?
a: Yes, every wand is supplied with a storage box you can write it’s unique stats onto. You can take the wand and the box home with you.

q: Does the wand class include a charm?
a: Yes, the Wand Making course includes one charm you can use to further personalize and enhance your wand. All Dubleve Wands are made with a link in the butt of the handle you can affix your charm to with a clasp.

q: Can I make a custom charm?
a: Yes, the Potion Making class affords you the opportunity to make your own simple custom charm to attach to your wand. Or you can choose from one of the many charms we already have available on display.

q: Can I get hurt during the class?
a: We will be using hot glue and glue guns that can get as hot at 300 degrees Fahrenheit or 148 degrees Celsius. Therefore there is a possibility of small and serious burns if one is not dexterous or careful enough. If we do our job right, no one should get hurt. If you feel unsteady or unsure, you can always ask the instructor to take over a particular application for you. There will also be a first aid kit, sink with cold water, and a health and safety orientation before the class begins. The small class size of only four students at a time will help mitigate the risk immensely.

If you have a question not covered here, feel free to comment below.

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Festivals and Classes

We will not be at a festival until the Ontario Pirate Festival (Piratefest) this August. Instead, the shop will be focusing on providing the classes the public has been asking for. As you can see from the right column on our site, links are up to find out more about the Potion Making and Wand Making classes. You can attend as many of these classes as you like. Each class provides you with one wand and one potion to take home. I’m really excited to finally be able to offer classes to the public. It’s been a long road.

I will, as I always do, be wearing a mask while I instruct. Students of these classes are not obliged to do the same. But if you wish to ensure a class you attend is masked, I can help to accommodate that.

I also have some vendors already signing up for this years Witchy Market. It will once again be at the Albert McCormick Community Centre in North Waterloo. This time I’m also booking the room next door for private readings, so it will be nice and quiet in there. Everyone had a blast last year and it feels really good to say the market is coming back by popular demand.

There is also an outcry that Kitchener-Waterloo needs more fantasy themed markets. I’m in talks to try and make one happen in the Spring of 2024. I’ll be very happy to announce more details on that as we continue to scheme away. If you want to be part of the conversation, please comment on this post any ideas you have about us doing a fantasy market locally.

I think I will only plan two a year myself. The Witchy Market in October seems to be a hit. A fantasy market in Spring (hopefully outside, but possibly still indoors) is an exciting prospect. I’m looking at May. And classes during the hotter months held in my lovely cool basement shop are just going to be a simple joy to offer.

If you have any thoughts or concerns about where Dubleve Wands is headed in the future, and if you’d like to tag along for the ride, please share your thoughts with me. Would love to hear your feedback.

Have a magical day, all.

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Potion Making

The next class will the September 2023, date to be announced.

$80 per person (aged 16+) per class and you can take home a potion of your very own! These are the swirly potions you may have seen on my TikTok feed. They are not for drinking but can be a useful meditation aid. Great to decorate an altar, shelf, or desk.
This is an immersive experience. You will be led by Instructor Jynx Rabbitpaw in the art of potion making with some discussion about the various properties of the magical ingredients. You can take what you learn from the course and make your own potions at home. The course includes: A glass bottle, printed instructions, ingredients to make one potion, potion labels (you can take the extra ones home!), wax seal, trimming to decorate your bottle, a charm, diploma with your class grade (frame not included).

The class will begin with health and safety and accessibility overview. You will be provided aprons, but note if you come in costume, and your clothes become stained or dirty, we are not responsible for any damage incurred by participating in this class.

FAQ

q: Can you drink the potions?
a: No. The potions are made to be shaken and to watch the swirls as you focus on the outcome of your meditation. Some potions change colour. Most of the ingredients are safe if digested; but to be on the safe side, best not to ingest since that is not the intention.

q: What goes into a potion?
a: Distilled water, vegetable glycerin, craft glitter, mica powder, food colouring (optional), 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol to prevent mold). During the classes, some ingredients like the craft glitter and mica powder will be labeled with magical names of creatures (and other ingredients) for part of the immersive experience. Students get to keep a label of the real ingredients and the instructions with the pretend ingredients.

q: Do we get to decorate the bottles?
a: Yes, that’s a large part of the class. Once the potion is made, the glass bottle gets to be decorated and sealed. We provide you with an assortment of materials to zhuzh up the bottle’s appearance. We have an assortment of paints, wax, wax seals, trim, and labels. You can even add some small charms, if you wish.

q: Will my clothes get dirty/stained?
a: That is a possibility. I often leave the shop with stains on my sleeves from paints. Wear something you don’t mind getting paint on that will never come off. If you come in a costume and it becomes stained, we will accept no responsibility. You have been warned. This will also be included in class orientation. We do provide aprons.

q: Do we have to bring a bottle from home?
a: You don’t have to provide anything, we have everything you’ll need for this course including several glass bottles to choose from and a variety of corks to stop them with.

q: Do we have to follow the instruction sheet exactly?
a: It is recommended you follow an instruction sheet provided… there may be a special instruction sheet left about here or there to find in the classroom šŸ˜‰

q: Can I make my potion at home?
a: You can certainly make a potion at home. There are tutorials available on Youtube and TikTok, in fact that’s where I’ve gotten the ideas presented in this class from. We do not have a Potion Making kit available at this time for take home; we are in the works to make an at home Potion Making craft kit available for sale. We also are now selling finished potions in decorated bottles in the shop.

q: Can I book a private class?
a: Yes, we are available for private booking of Potion Making and Wand Making classes. Contact us via our portal here.

q: Does the potion class include a charm?
a: Yes, the Potion Making course includes one charm you can use to further personalize and enhance your bottled potion.

q: Can I make a custom charm?
a: Yes, the Potion Making class affords you the opportunity to make your own simple custom charm to attach to your wand. Or you can choose from one of the many charms we already have available on display.

q: Can I get hurt during the class?
a: We will be using hot glue, hot wax, and a lighter; therefore there is a possibility of small and serious burns if one is not dexterous or careful enough. If we do our job right, no one should get hurt. If you feel unsteady or unsure, you can always ask the instructor to take over a particular application for you. There will also be a first aid kit and a health and safety orientation before the class begins.

If you have a question not covered here, feel free to comment below.

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Wand Making

The next class will the September 2023, date to be announced.

$80 per person (aged 16+) per class and you can take home a magic wand of your very own! These are the same type of wands you may have seen in the shop and here online. They are a wonderful cosplay prop with the magical core “spilling” out of the wand.
This is an immersive experience. You will be led by Instructor Jynx Rabbitpaw in the art of wand making with some discussion about the various properties of the magical ingredients and the mythical creatures they come from. You can take what you learn from the course and make your own wands at home. The course includes: A prepared wooden stick (dried, oiled, sealed), printed instructions, magical core (and adhesives to make them stick), potion labels (to decorate bottles at home!), fabric to decorate your wand handle, a charm (all wands have a link in the butt of the handle to affix a charm to), wand registration form, a wand box, a wand tag.

The class will begin with health and safety and accessibility overview. You will be provided aprons, but note if you come in costume, and your clothes become stained or dirty, we are not responsible for any damage incurred by participating in this class.

FAQ

q: Can I request a certain type of wood or length for my wand?
a: Yes, we will do our best to accommodate your request and if we cannot meet it, we will let you know. If we cannot find the wood or length youā€™re are looking for, we may make some other recommendations. You can decide if you wish to continue with the Wand Making class or not if we cannot meet your requirements.

q: Can I make my wand from a stick I find on the ground?
a: If you wish to do that, you’ll need to bring your stick to the shop in advance of the class; so that it can be properly treated and sealed (prepped) before the class starts. All sticks at the beginning of class should already be cleaned, waxed, and sealed with the butt of the handle ready to go with a link to hold your charm. Part of why these classes can now exist is because prep work will have been completed for you before class begins. Wands normally require a lot of curing time between steps, days worth.

q: Can I take my wand home with me at the end of the wand making class?
a: Yes, because most of the curing time is taken care of prior to the class, you will be able to take your wand home at the end of the class.

q: Will my clothes get dirty/stained?
a: That is a possibility. I often leave the shop with stains on my sleeves from paints. Wear something you don’t mind getting paint on that will never come off. If you come in a costume and it becomes stained, we will accept no responsibility. You have been warned. This will also be included in class orientation. We do provide aprons.

q: Do we have to follow the instruction sheet exactly?
a: It is recommended you follow an instruction sheet provided, but if you wish to try something different, ask the instructor for the best way to go about it.

q: Can I make a wand at home?
a: You can certainly make a wand at home. I have been making wands since 2009 and have come up with several tips and tricks to make my wands unique and beloved and I’m happy to share that information with you. We do not have a Wand Making kit available at this time for take home; we are in the works to make an at home Wand Making craft kit available for sale. We always have dozens of wands on display for sale in the shop.

q: Can I book a private class?
a: Yes, we are available for private booking of Potion Making and Wand Making classes. Contact us via our portal here.

q: Do wands come with boxes?
a: Yes, every wand is supplied with a storage box you can write it’s unique stats onto. You can take the wand, the box, and the wand tag home with you.

q: Does the wand class include a charm?
a: Yes, the Wand Making course includes one charm you can use to further personalize and enhance your wand. All Dubleve Wands are made with a link in the butt of the handle you can affix your charm to with a clasp.

q: Can I make a custom charm?
a: Yes, the Potion Making class affords you the opportunity to make your own
simple custom charm to attach to your wand. Or you can choose from one of the
many charms we already have available on display.

q: Can I get hurt during the class?
a: We will be using hot glue and glue guns that can get as hot at 300 degrees Fahrenheit or 148 degrees Celsius. Therefore there is a possibility of small and serious burns if one is not dexterous or careful enough. If we do our job right, no one should get hurt. If you feel unsteady or unsure, you can always ask the instructor to take over a particular application for you. There will also be a first aid kit, sink with cold water, and a health and safety orientation before the class begins. The small class size of only four students at a time will help mitigate the risk immensely.

If you have a question not covered here, feel free to comment below.

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The Process

There have been questions about how I make wands. So here’s what I do in order.

First, harvest wood. I help neighbours and friends clear away branches of pruned or felled trees, or I find branches in my own backyard that opens onto a creek. I have to let it dry out completely, I have wood sitting around for several months to a year.

The branches need to be cut to length that best shows the best features of the wand be it rings, bark, knots, splits, gradients, etc. The wand’s tip is shaped, it cannot be sharp, but it isn’t attractive if it’s left blunt. This stage requires cutting, shaving, sanding, etc.

Next, I introduce coconut oil to bring out the woods’ natural tones. I often have to melt the coconut butter with low heat, because I store it in the fridge. I have to let that cure after the wood has been coated.

When the wood is dry again, it gets coated in shellac. When the shellac is dry, it needs to be sanded. It gets shellacked a second time, and sanded a final time. To speed up this process, I put the shellac and shaped branches into a trough, and wipe the excess shellac off of the wands before I rest them on racks to dry.

Before I begin to decorate, there is one last practical thing to do to the wand. I attach a link to the butt of each future handle. This link can be used to customize the wand with charms that not only make it more unique, but can further the wielder’s focus when casting.

Then it’s finally time to decorate (my favorite part)! I line up several fabric swatches and cut them to fit the handle. Some handles have cutouts that fit around natural knots in the branches. These have to be cut and shaped as I wrap and glue the handle around the stem. Some wands get a Preciosa or Swarovski crystal element. Fewer wands get two!

To add more bulk to the following step, some glue is layered to add higher relief. Then the glue, wood, and fabric is selectively coated and creatively painted with an air drying liquid polymer. Because it takes hours to dry and days to cure, only half of the wand can be painted at a time as designs often encompass not only both ends of the wand but a good portion of the length as well.

The final step is also a lot of fun, because a wand isn’t truly complete until it is recorded and catalogued. The stats card has to get filled out. Each wand is quality tested at this time. It is measured, waved about, and it’s tensile strength gauged. The wand also lends to what quality it is looking for in its spell caster. This final quality is listed on the bottom of the stats card as the “Trait”. In this way, Dubleve Wands truly do choose you.

The wands have changed over the years. They used to be much shorter, but longer wands proved more popular. In the beginning, only hardwood dowels were used. Now half of the wands are dowels and the other half are reclaimed wood. The charms back then could not be custom selected by the caster and were adhered directly to the wand handle. Wands were stained with wood stain or custom stain, different oils were tried, different varnishes. There were tassels. Dubleve Wands have been through a great many changes over the years and have now become many wielders’ preferred choice.

Thanks to all of the fans and happy wand owners who continue to recommend my wands. You make my heart sing.

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You Want to Make a Wand

Dubleve Wands has been my most successful product line to date. They’re each one-of-a-kind, personalised, have character, and spark the imagination.

I was encouraged by my fellow members at KW Artists Co-opĀ to pursue them, and I decided to focus on them more than ever in 2018. A new direction for them has also been proposed to me not only from my co-op but from other friends and organisers.

Right now I’m working out the logistics and the how to get others making wands the way I do in a program format.
The first soft launch I’m going to do will be with Open Streets for the City of Waterloo July 15th 12pm-5pm. The theme for Open Streets this day is Cosplay. It won’t be a strong tutorial program; but it will allow you the opportunity to decorate a wand, make a charm, and take them both home in a box with you.

I’ll have enough materials to make a hundred wands. That’s ten an hour if they last that long at my booth. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m working on a good weather draught.

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DIY and Chopsticks

I know many a fan of Pinterest and DIY blogs who make and sell wands for large groups of kids. Those wands are made in bulk, start off as rolled paper or chopsticks, are covered in clever glue dollops, given a coat of brown paint and gold paint by dry brushing, and they delight kids en masse for birthday parties.

Several times I have been asked at conventions about competition as though it should worry me. Even if there are several wand purveyors, I claim I don’t have any competition. The wand chooses the witch or wizard after all. In fact, I’m delighted the kind of compliments I receive regarding my wares. They do get compared to the chopsticks and paper rolled and the over-painted. I have been held up next to the Noble brand and there’s really no comparison. These wands are not trying to be what was held by an actor in a movie.

Those who have read the Harry Potter series, these wands came out of my head after reading those. These are based on what was discussed in the books, off of the core descriptions. And I think it is the most telling when a fan of or owner of my wands will confide in me that the wand is real to them. That’s the highest praise of all.

I have always enjoyed making properties (props) for film and theatre. The wands are my favorite to make of them all. And the whole point of them is, after reading the books, I wished for a letter from a far away wizarding school. And even if that letter will never come, at least I have my wand, and I can use it to help focus my imagination until my heart is content.

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First Wands, Wands First

It was always like someone else’s birthday, with the privilege of opening up their presents for them, everytime a shipment would come into Alex’s costume shop.

More than a decade ago, there was a very exciting arrival. We had received the boxes with the branded wizarding world capes, wands, hats, round glasses, and other magical accessories. The item I was the most excited to see was the wizard’s wand. I told Alex as much.

We thought we had deduced the box it was in, cut the box open, and began to search it out with an energetic fervor. Grabbed the card and formed plastic with the correct title on it, turned it over quickly, and almost immediate disappointment set in. It was such a let down in fact that I didn’t know just how upset I was,Ā I laughed and joked about it.

Alex and I were somewhat dumbfounded. My total recollectionĀ is a little fuzzy now, but I think at one point she even exclaimed, “And I’m supposed to sell these.”

It was supposed to be the main title wizard’s wand as seen in the movies. But it closer resembled fake poop you might try and leave somewhere conspicuous for others to find and be disgusted by. It was a very oddly shaped piece of long brown plastic without any colour deviation. I don’t think anyone could have mistaken it for a piece of wood.

I know I proclaimed, “I can do better than that.”

And Alex said, “Show me.”

“Okay, I will.”

And with Alex’s help, I made Wooden Magical Wands to sell in her store. And when parents were faced with the option of buying either a piece of plastic that resembled poop for less than $10CAD or a wooden wand for $20CAD, they more often bought the wooden wand.

The great benefit of working with Alex was I got immediate feedback about what customer’s liked or didn’t like about their wands. While designing them I removed aspects and elements that didn’t work.
The original wands each had a predeterminedĀ charm already attached and this was problematic, especially if the charm got ripped away.
The wands became longer because at 6″ they were too short for most, the handle application was refined, I experimented with different finishes and stains, I added a link to the butt of the wand and created a range of charms for customization.
The charms didn’t do so well at first, so to the link became a place to attach a tag with the wand’s information like it’s wood, magical core, and the personality trait it was looking for in a wizard. The tags have changed over time as well.
I found a manufacturer of appropriately sized boxes, came up with a name, designed a graphic (well, borrowed one from Pamela Colman Smith who illustrated the Rider Tarot). I have received commissions for wands and that changed them also.
I have created ranges of wands that I make in batches (called waves) and different price points have resulted. I try to create savings where I can and pass them along.

In 2010 I launched my first online shop through Etsy. I have used Square, Shopify, and now I am bringing Dubleve Wands to its own separateĀ brand under Twilight Rabbit Creations. I make and sell more wands than my Tarot decks, so it seems only fitting to make them easier to find on the web. Here my wands are now housed under www.DubleveWands.com

As far as the future is concerned, the wands continue to influence my art and creativity. I have plans for new prints and games based on them. So stay tuned to this blog to find out about the developmentĀ of new wand-relatedĀ projects, and what festivals near you will have a Dubleve Wands booth.

Thank you for staying a spell,
Jessica