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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2004 09:51:26 AM »

Hi guys-

Thanks so much for all the good ideas!  I'm modifying the piping idea a bit to make it more in line with my dad's taste.  I decided on hardware to make the pieces--so the pieces will be steel and brass instead of black and white.  I put together a couple of samples at the store (seven home depot employees officially think I'm nuts) and the kings and queens are especially fun.  I have yet to assemble the rest of them, but it looks like it'll actually be a really fun process (Loth--wanna help?).  I'll try to post a pic when I'm finished. 

I do really like the shot glasses idea...I'll definitely keep it in mind for the non-dad chess players in my life!

Oh, I also had an idea for a chess set for the political, which is to sort of take off on the civil war chess set, but make it contemporary.  Republicans versus democrats or something like that.  It would be really fun to assign the pieces....

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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2004 10:06:47 AM »

kind of unrelated...  but my friend made a beautiful chess board out of offcut scraps of marble from home depot (he works there).  he got a bunch of scraps of white and black marble and cut them all into (I think) 1"x1" squares.  then he cut a board the same size, stained it, and glued the pieces on top.  then he just cut some wood to go around the edges, stained it, and glued that on.  it took him some time, but it was really nice for not much money.

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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2004 10:18:14 AM »

i guess you already decided what you are doing, but you could of used picture marbles containing the pictures of the chess pieces.
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2004 01:22:49 PM »

Kategirl-  That sounds really pretty.  It could be done with tiles too, maybe on a table top..

cowgirl--  That's a stellar idea!  If I hadn't already gotten all the hardware, I would really consider using that idea.  In fact, I wonder if I still have my receipt..........
Oh, that would also work really well for my contemporary politics chess conception, huh...

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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2004 07:07:44 AM »

I know this is a little late, but yes - you can indeed shellac the origami chess set.  It will make the paper a little translucent, but that shouldn't affect too much.  I did the same thing for my fiance a few years ago.  He loved it.  The aluminum idea is a great one, but I can honestly say that was some of the hardest origami I've done (Especially the pawns, of all pieces), and I don't think it would ever work with aluminum.
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