Since my last post was a bit of a rant, I thought I would take the opportunity to rant about another silly platitude:
"Its better if you make you magickal tools/curios yourself. No matter how shabby they seem they will have more power because you made it..."
Yes, its wonderful to make something yourself and have it come out well. It gives a good bit of satisfaction to make something with your own two hands. But that doesnt necessarily translate into magickal power. A lot of these Occult/Pagan platitudes started in the 50's and 60's when the average occultist stopped being a fairly well-off, perhaps even trust-funded, person and started being hippies. Anti-commercialism counter culture just sort of started becoming the norm in occult circles around that time, but it wasnt always thus.
As yourself the following question: Does it inspire faith and a sense of power?
Personally I would rather consecrate a wand or dagger that is made by a master craftsman than to make one myself. I do make my wands, but only because I enjoy it. I dont think that they are better because I made them. Some of the most potent magickal tools that I have in my possession were either made by friends, or purchased than consecrated.
If your crappy looking, half-assed dagger that you chiseled out of a lawn mower blade really does it for you, than I leave you to it. If not, than spend some dough and buy something.
When it comes to spell components like incense, powders, oils and such I feel the same way. If you like mixing them, than go for it. But if you are like me, you barely have enough time to do the magick work itself, much less mix every ingredient by hand. Find a masterful and reliable supplier than use thier stuff. Really, its ok.
There are certain exceptions to the rule, such as when the building of a tool is part of an initiatory journey like in GD, as well as some Druidic, and Craft work, but those are the exceptions to the rule.