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Topic: Creepy Statue Chess Set becomes Lakers Chess Set!  (Read 12400 times)
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« 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)

Derek Fisher

Kurt Rambis

Feel free to ask any questions you may have...I hope you like this!
« Last Edit: June 06, 2010 05:02:07 PM by cxcaitlyn » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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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.

I have a split personality, because you guys crack me up.  AND The best day I ever had was TODAY!
« 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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