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Unless specifically stated, material components are not consumed by a spell. Create Undead doesn't say that the onyx stones are consumed so no, you don't need to "burn" 450 gp each time you (re)cast the spell but you do still need to provide the components for each recasting. The rules for components can be found on page 203 of the PHB.
No practice is required in the rules to use any valid focus. Once purchased, or crafting is complete, the focus can be used immediately by the Spellcaster. No guidance is given in any of the core books about partially crafted or makeshift foci. The rules require one of: the components of the spell as standalone items, a component pouch, or an appropriate ...
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