DIY Leather Wand Sheath: Part 1
I’ll teach the lot and treat them all the same.
Wise words from one of the great founders of Hogwarts and one of my personal inspirations, Helga Hufflepuff. Since she’s such an inspiration to me, I created a costume so that I could be her at Renaissance faires and Harry Potter events. Even though it worked wonderfully well, I found myself with a problem. To properly be a witch, one must have a wand! There are many fine wandmakers, such as Alivan’s Master Wands, but I like to say that my wand chose me at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. I tried every single wand that was available to try in the wand shop, but I just knew which wand would be mine the second it settled into my hand.
In the 2014 Renaissance faire season, I first put together my garb for Helga and I found that while I had a leather hook and clasp (called a “frog” by Renaissance players) for my cup, I had nothing to hold my wand! This forced me to carry it around in my hand all day; cue many awkward encounters and hand cramps. That was not fun. So when the 2015 Renaissance faire season came around, I knew I had to fix that problem. Knives and daggers have sheaths so why not a wand? Luckily, my husband knew what to get from previous leather projects, and he helped me with basic construction. Now, I’m going to pass the knowledge onto you!
First and foremost, you have to decide what kind of wand sheath you want! Something rustic and organic? Or something sleek and stylized? I’m going to show you how to make two different styles, and then it’s really up to you and your imagination! Each of the methods will cover the basics of leather-working, leaving the customization up to you.
Next up – supplies! For the most authentic leather sheath, I recommend tandysleather.com.
For both sheaths, this is what you’ll need:
*A three-prong leather punch and/or a two-prong leather punch
*A rivet punch
*A rubber mallet
*Heavy-duty cutting board that can be ruined (This cutting board will never be able to be used for anything but leatherworking ever again. I like plastic, but wood can work, too.)
*Wax thread and leather needle
*A straight-blade knife, like a box cutter
*Thin white chalk
*And of course, your wand!
Since this is a bit extensive and can get expensive, I highly recommend doing this in a group! Find like-minded witches and wizards at your local college or geek gathering places and pool your resources together. It makes for a great bonding experience! I ask you to remember that this is not something to mess around with. Do not inhibit yourself and do not mess around even in jest. These tools can really hurt you if you mishandle them. Ask your local leather vendor to demonstrate the safe way to handle these tools. As our favorite Auror would say, “CONSTANT VIGILANCE!”
You’ll need to find yourself a good workstation. I used my living room floor because it’s firm and tiled but any hard surface that can absorb heavy hitting will do. Have a table nearby to hold extra supplies. If you’re in a group, I highly recommend making it a party. Make butterbeer, play your favorite Potter movies, maybe even make Pumpkin Pasties! If it’s just you, treat yourself right. Have drinks nearby and play some music or your favorite Potter movie. I always listen to my Irish Pub or Blackmore’s Night Internet radio station while I’m crafting.
Next week, we’ll look into making the first sheath, which is a rough-shaped sheath, sewn shut with wax thread. It was the first sheath I made, and I’m going to recreate the whole process so that you can make your very own. See you next week!