Category Archives: Geek

Wand Making Workshop

Ahead of Harry Potter Book Night on the 6th February 2020 I have been working on a special wand-making workshop that will enable participants to create their own wands.

The outer part of the wand is composed of a 10 inch (25.4 cm) stiff paper tube. I sourced the paper tubes from Target. Bamboo sticks or hollow wooden dowel rods can also be used if your budget stretches that far.

The wand end plugs are made from paper twisted into a cone that will fit into the ends of the wand and be glued in place.

Participants will be able to choose a phoenix feather, a strand of dragon heart-string, unicorn hair, woven sunlight or a combination of all of them to make up the core of their wand.

Once the wand-making apprentices have completed their wand they will receive a parchment certificate confirming that they have attended the workshop.

They will also receive a cardstock wand-holder emblazoned with the seals of the Hogwarts & Ilvermorny Schools of Witchcraft and Wizardry to keep their wands safe. There is a space on the back of the wand holder to note down what is in the core as well as who made the wand.

The materials used in the workshop are:

Red, Silver & Gold Thread
Feathers
Paper tubes

The certificate is plain paper that has been soaked in a weak coffee solution (tea also works)

The wand holder is card-stock also soaked in a weak coffee solution.

The certificate is available to be downloaded in US letter size below:

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and A4:

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The wand holder is available to be downloaded in US letter size here:

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and as A4:

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For those wishing to make a more traditional looking wand using chopsticks and hot glue, there are instructions available here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Wands-With-Chopsticks/

Note: This post was scheduled to go up on the day the controversy broke around J.K. Rowling tweeting her views about transgender rights. I have decided to run this article, not in support of the author whose views I find reprehensible but for those who read Harry Potter and take away the message about love, acceptance and for standing up & fighting for what is right.

#StarWarsDay Library Posters

As everyone is no doubt aware Thursday is Star Wars Day as it is May the Fourth, I have observed it faithfully for a few years and this year I have designed two posters for the day but ones that can be used on every other day of the year as well!

To grab copies just click on the images below to save an A3 .pdf copy of each.

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You can also download the classic Darth Vader I find your lack of interest in reading… disturbing! poster here

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Google Whoodle

Released early on some international Google sites, I was alerted to the existence of this doodle by some author friends on Twitter. It is not teh first game doodle Google has released but it is now my favourite (sorry PacMan).

Good for competitions, talking about computer games and good old-fashioned fun!

Geekhood: Mission Improbable the Video Interview

A few weeks ago Laura of SisterSpooky, Kerrie from ReadandRepeat and I were invited by Stripes Publishers to interview author Andy Robb on his houseboat near Taplow.

Laura has a brilliant write up of what went on during the filming here: On the Boat with Andy Robb.
 
While we chatted we were painting Dark Angels Space Marines.

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There are many like it, but this one is mine!

 
Andy is an excellent host and all-round geek and nice guy. We chatted for ages between filming; about comics (He showed off his Spiderman signed by Stan Lee) I drooled over his Batman/Joker Animated Adventures, Doctor Who and the literary merits of Terry Pratchett versus J.R.R. Tolkien (Andy is a die-hard Middle Earther while I tend more towards the Discworldian view). He played the voice of Kring the magic sword in The Colour of Magic.
 
The video was made to promote and celebrate the release of

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Which is a sequel to:

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Both of whom were written by:

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The Batman?

Noooooooooooo not the Batman – although that would have been amazing!

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They were actually written by BatmAndy Robb.
 
The last few photos were taken at the book launch, which was held at the Waterstones on Kensington High Street. The launch was fantastic with a number of people dressing up as comics characters (my favourites being Walter ‘Rorschach’ Kovacs and The Big Figure from Watchmen), I was too busy enjoying myself to take photos.

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This is Andy and Cristina of Crisckracker Films who filmed the interview.

Important Note: Each of the bloggers has a unique coda at the end of their videos so be sure to watch them all!