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« on: April 06, 2013 11:56:30 PM »


First things first I got the idea from this site http://paperplateandplane.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/rolled-paper-chess-set/ but the post isn't a tutorial really, just specs for the one she made. I tried it but found the pieces were too small and I just knew there is a world of color/texture possibilities to explore.

Its actually quite simple, thats probably why I love it. You can probably get the gist by just looking at the pictures.

You will need:
Pretty paper- I used a block of scrapbook paper that had coordinating colors
Xacto knife
ruler
glue stick (The magnum sized glue stick is worth every penny)
toothpick

The chess pieces are made up of strips of paper rolled onto each other. There are three widths of paper strip for each piece. For simplicity sake lets call them a small (1/4") a medium (1/2") and the shaft (varies). The paper I used was 12" by 12" so each strip was 12" long.

Pawn:
1 shaft piece 1"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
1 medium piece 1/2"x12"
x 8 pawns


Coat the shaft piece generously on the wrong side with the glue stick.


Roll the paper around the toothpick keeping top and bottom as flat as possible.


Coat a medium piece in glue and roll around shaft at the bottom.


Coat 1st small piece in glue and roll around medium at bottom.


Coat 2nd small piece and roll around shaft at top.

Repeat 7 more times.

Rook:
1 shaft piece 2"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"
x 2 rooks


Create a shaft as you did witht he pawn. Wrap medium piece around top and bottom.

Wrap small pieces around medium pieces at top and bottom.


repeat

Knight:
1 shaft piece 2"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"
2 little pieces 1/4"x6" (I took a small piece and tore it in half)
x 2 knights


First roll your small pieces and set aside.


Roll shaft and add medium and small to bottom to make base.


Wrap medium piece once around shaft just below the top.


Put little rolled piece against shaft and continue to roll medium piece around it.


Wrap final small piece around upper middle piece.

repeat

Bishop:
1 shaft piece 2"x12"
2 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"
x 2 bishops


Create shaft and add mediums pieces at bottom and just below top.


Add small pieces to mediums like so.

repeat

Queen:
1 shaft piece 2 1/4"x12"
3 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"


Create shaft and add mediums pieces at top and bottom.


Add smalls to mediums pieces at to bottom and middle of shaft.


King:
1 shaft piece 2 1/4"x12"
3 small pieces 1/4"x12"
2 medium pieces 1/2"x12"


Create shaft and add medium pieces at bottom and just below top.

Add small pieces to bottom medium piece, upper medium piece and just below that.



Repeat entire process in a different color scheme.


Here are some additional pics of the set I made.
Hope you enjoy and feel free to offer suggestions for improvement.
Now I have to make a board.  Undecided


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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2013 02:02:35 AM »

Lovely. So unusual and a great tutorial.
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2013 05:30:59 AM »

This is totally and completely made of genius! Such a great idea and it looks great. Bet there is a way to make a board also. The whole set would be biodegradable.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2013 05:43:32 AM »

Amazing. This is soooooo cool! Thank you for the tutorial!
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2013 06:00:30 PM »

Wow! That was not expected, but in a good way. These look great.
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2013 06:42:42 PM »

Such a great idea, thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2013 07:49:38 PM »

Thanks guys. I know it looks labor intensive but it was totally fun to make. Completed both sets watching a Downton Abbey marathon.
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2013 10:36:57 PM »

I bet this would be a great way to recycle old newspapers and magazines too! i bet a board could also be made out of weaving like size paper strips in two different colors, as long as the sizes were measured out right. then maybe putting clear contact paper over the top. could be glued to a flat wood board or something?

it looks very beautiful with the special paper you used, i just wonder how it would end up with magazine pages! was it hard to keep the paper wrapping straight so that the peices stand well? how long over all did it take you to make both sets and how much paper exactly over all when you add it all up? sorry if i missed it i am new on here and have been checking out so much stuff! i love this place! you all are sooo creative!
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2013 01:42:24 PM »

It was super easy to keep flat. Gluestick is a forgiving medium. Sometimes I just rolled and flattened with my finger before it dried.

I think magazines would be great, just keeping the two "teams" diferentiated would be the tricke.

Lets see...I think it took me four hours total to do all the pieces.

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