This one is probably one of my most favourite designs. I love the bone-like appearance, it really gives the wand a sense of evil. But as eye-catching as it is, its shape is quite complex, so I knew from the beginning that it would take some time and skill to create it.
This time I've decided not to use the air-dry clay. There were too many problems with it. I used FIMO clay instead. It's perfect for this type of work, and you don't have to wait for long periods of time for it to harden. You just bake it in the oven, which takes about half an hour, so that's good news. Mine doesn't have the phoenix feather core, but unless you break the wand, you'll never now... and I'm not planning on breaking the wand, so I should be alright.
The base of this wand is a piece of wood. Voldemort's wand isn't perfectly straight, so I had to cut out a few pieces here and there to achieve the imperfection. I then started sculpting the wand out of FIMO. I must say, after the air-dry clay, working with FIMO is a whole new level of easy. Since I didn't have to wait for it to dry by itself, I could create the final shape in three sections. First I made the front part of the handle, then I baked it so it's nice and hard, and so I don't ruin it while working on the rest of the wand. I then created the rear side of the handle, and finally, the front 'claw'. Once it was all finished and baked, I used sand paper to refine the shape a bit. Baked FIMO is similar to soft plastic, so working with it is really easy. A very different experience from the Elder Wand I created earlier.
The painting process was, just like with the Elder Wand, the most difficult part for me. I'm not very experienced in this area, so it took me a couple of tries to get that bone-like color. Anyway, I started with white base and then tried to darken it with different shades of brown/yellow.
I'm quite happy with the final result, I just need to work on my painting skills, it took me several tries to get it right. The decision to use FIMO instead of air-dry clay turned out to be a very good one, working with FIMO is amazing.