How to Make a Quartz Crystal Wand

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Why Make a Wand?

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Joan / PipDiddly / Flickr Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Many Pagans use a wand as a method of directing energy during spellwork or ritual. Because quartz crystals are known as natural energy conductors, you may want to incorporate one into the construction of your own wand. Here’s how you can make a simple quartz crystal wand of your own.

Note: you can make this wand using any crystal at all – such as amethyst, jasper, selenite, etc. – that appeals to you. To help you select which one you want to use, be sure to read our list of Magical Crystals and Gemstones.

You’ll need:

  • A wooden stick, about 10 – 16” long
  • A quartz crystal
  • Jeweler’s wire

To find the right stick for your wand, it’s a good idea to go take a walk in the woods. There’s plenty of wood just lying around, and it’s better to select a piece off the ground than breaking it off a perfectly healthy tree. Some people choose a specific type of wood based upon its magical properties. For example, if you wished to have a wand connected to power and strength, you might select oak. Another person might choose to use ash wood instead, as it is strongly tied to magical workings and prophecy. There's no hard and fast rule, however, that you have to use a certain type of wood -- many people make a wand out of the stick that "felt right" to them. In some magical systems, it is believed that a tree limb felled by a storm is imbued with a great deal of magical power.

The quartz crystal you select should be one that resonates with you. Hold it in your hand, close your fingers around it, and see how it feels. Does it feel comforting? Does it feel as though it vibrates with energy? Is it getting warm in your hand?

There are different types of quartz crystals, and each has a variety of magical properties. For conducting energy, white or clear quartz is preferred by many people. Rose quartz is associated with workings related to love and the heart chakras – if you’re going to be using your wand primarily for these sorts of workings select a rose quartz rather than a clear one.

 

Photo by Joan / PipDiddly via Flickr Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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Prepare the Wood

Brush a light coat of wood on the wand to give it a sheen and protect it. Image © Patti Wigington 2011

Sand the wooden stick so that it is smooth. It’s not necessary to stain it, and in some magical traditions it’s actually recommended that you don’t do so - some people believe that polyurethane or varnish can interfere with the energies of the wood. You may, however, want to brush it with a light coat of oil to protect the wood. 

Attach the crystal to one end of the wand using the jeweler’s wire. You’ll want to wrap it a few times to make sure it’s secure – it may help to add a dab of glue as well, although if you do so, you'll need to wait for it to dry before you begin wrapping the wire. The one in the photo was wrapped with a copper wire, because copper is a great conductor of physical energy, so we can assume it also conducts metaphysical energy well. In many cultures, copper is associated with the divine. You can use silver or other metals if you choose.

Once you’ve wrapped the crystal around the wand, secure the wire and tuck it in so there are no sharp poky edges.

You can add other items to your wand if you wish, such as beadwork or feathers. When you’re finished, consecrate it as you would any other magical tool.

If you don't feel like attaching a crystal to the end of a wand, you can use crystal points as a way to direct energy all by themselves. Author and educator Tess Whitehurst recommends, "Hold the crystal in your right hand, and feel this Universal energy flowing through your crown and feet, into your heart, down through your arm, and out through the crystal. You can direct energy in this way to cast a magical circle, to empower an object with magic and positivity, to activate energy, or to send someone healing energy and love."