Well I tried making a second ebony wand. This time I learned from my mistakes on my last one, and took the advice of a few commenters on the last post (thanks all for the advice!).
Spanish Moss, gave me the link to a source that makes longer ebony dowels, that I had not seen yet. They were listed as 12″ long on the site. I would of liked longer (16″ would be ideal), but it will do! The dowel they sent was actually 11″ in length, and the diameter was 1″ (compared to 3/4″ from the previous wand). So the new one was shorter and thicker, but at least I don’t have to glue two 6 inchers together again. It’s a single solid piece of wood so it’s a decent trade off.
Scylla suggested using press-on letters from an office supply store to apply and then trace around them. This is what I did. I applied the press on letters and traced around them with the engraver this time (not the wood burner!). The engraver was much easier to use on the wood and when I removed the press-ons I had perfect outlines. I then used liquid gold leaf (my friend Robert had suggested a gold pain pen, which would work equally as well I think, but I already have the liquid gold leaf so I just used what I had) .
I think the result is much more to my liking! This time I also put the “Ego Alpha Et Omega” on the back of it. I ended up putting about twice the amount of time into this one. Next, it’s time to consecrate it! Now what to do with the origional one?