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cxcaitlyn
« on: June 06, 2010 04:48:30 PM »

My boyfriend has an equal love for both Chess and the Lakers (hopefully they'll win the Finals again this year, or I'll be dealing with quite an unhappy fan!), so when I thought combining the two would be a perfect option for both this challenge and a random gift!



While searching for a random chess set I could modify from various thrift stores in the area, I came across a set that, while disturbing, gave me the idea to make each piece represent each player instead of simply the team colors. I didn't take any before pictures  Roll Eyes but I still had the original box.

The pieces were in about the same condition as this box - scratched, felt all or nearly removed....


With disturbing faces that (supposedly) looked like they were carved.


The original pieces were 'wood grain (plastic)' and creamy white-ish that was disgusting all together. According to the box this set was made in 1957, so that likely explains the condition (and I apologize if I've destroyed a valuable antique!)



So, I did some research, and the purple 'team' is the Lakers' players as they stood in the 2009 championships, and the gold 'team' is what sports critics have dubbed the best Lakers' players of all time - Kareem, Worthy, Magic, and the like.



I spray painted each piece in solid purple/gold, and did the same for the purple on the board. I then hand painted each chess square, jersey number, and face based on google searches. Following that, I re-felted all of the bottoms with matching felt, and I will seal each piece after I find a sealant that I'm sure won't instantly destroy what I've painted.....

Commence random pictures:






Pao Gasol

(Yes, I know Gasol is wearing a necklace....I had to work with what I was given!  Tongue)
Shaq


Derek Fisher


Kurt Rambis


Feel free to ask any questions you may have...I hope you like this!
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2010 05:12:21 PM »

This is extremely cool! (better if it was the Celtics but still  Cheesy )

Nice job!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010 05:13:54 PM »

Such and interesting idea I would not have thought of it I just love it Great job.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010 05:36:35 PM »

Now THAT's love.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2010 09:27:25 PM »

I love that you personalized the faces! What a great gift.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2010 09:39:40 PM »

Awesome and so very creative!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2010 04:27:45 AM »

that is super cool I bet your hubby loved it I totally want to do this with Kansas City Chiefs I may have to craft lift your Idea. I promise not to take credit. I love this.
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2010 09:57:47 AM »

So clever and the faces are outstanding.
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2010 12:05:13 PM »

This is extremely cool! (better if it was the Celtics but still  Cheesy )

Nice job!!
Ha I thought about making the Celtics be one of the teams, since they're arch rivals, but decided against it. I told him later and he's like, "good decision, I don't want the Celtics anywhere in my house," lol.

that is super cool I bet your hubby loved it I totally want to do this with Kansas City Chiefs I may have to craft lift your Idea.

He does! And feel free to craft-lift lol.

Thank you for all of the wonderful comments everyone! It's really inspiring.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2010 04:51:56 PM »

love the Gasol one! i assumed you just spray painted the whole thing purple and gold, but to do the faces of each of the 2 teams--brilliant!
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2010 06:43:10 PM »

you know how people type "lol" but they arent actually there, at their computer, laughing right out like idiots? well. thats not me. lol.

your Gasol's eyebrows are too spot-on.  i love it.
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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2010 09:25:49 AM »

What a thoughtful, fun, unique, creative, hilarious gift for your man. I'm sure he loves it.

The original set was a bit bizarre but your enhancements made it totally awesome!

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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2010 01:24:41 PM »

This Rocks!

I love the time and effort you put in to make each piece like a specific player.  What a wonderful gift.
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« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2010 08:41:52 PM »

I'm a spurs fan...obviously. But I give you mad props for this.
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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2010 10:18:49 PM »

Very cool. What a fantastic gift and a lucky bf!
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« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2010 06:23:28 AM »

wow, this is incredible!
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2010 02:57:21 PM »

I am so totally impressed. Great job!
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« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2010 02:21:51 PM »

This is great. Love that you made each set of players, purple and gold, mean something.
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« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2010 10:29:10 PM »

I'm digging this. Good work.
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« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2010 12:14:47 AM »

Hi-larious!! LOVE it!
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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2010 10:38:38 PM »

That is awesome! My husband loves chess but hates the lakers  Tongue

But since I was curious about this set I googled it and apparently it is a collectors. One site was selling it around 350 US!
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« Reply #21 on: July 01, 2010 07:10:43 PM »

That is awesome! My husband loves chess but hates the lakers  Tongue

But since I was curious about this set I googled it and apparently it is a collectors. One site was selling it around 350 US!

Thank you! And oh well, live and learn right? It wasn't in great condition anyway...
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« Reply #22 on: October 31, 2010 05:39:45 AM »

This is the bomb!
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« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2010 10:37:40 AM »

This is the bomb!

Thanks!
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