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How to Make a Chess Set

  • December 05, 2020

Thanks to the success of the Netflix show “The Queen’s Gambit,” chess sets are flying off the shelves. If you can’t find one, or just want another pandemic crafting project, why not make your own at home?

You don’t need a lot of equipment to get started. And unlike with a chess set you’d purchase, if you lose a piece or damage the board, you can simply construct a new piece.

As you weigh your options, Joann Jamieson-Larkin, a designer for Crafter’s Companion, an arts and crafts store, recommends asking yourself how enduring you need your chess set to be. Is it intended to be a lifelong keepsake or simply something fun to do in an afternoon? Knowing the answer ahead of time will guide your next steps, she said.

Paper can be a surprisingly sturdy medium. “I have projects that I have created out of paper that I still have four to five years after they were created,” Ms. Jamieson-Larkin said. In fact, she designed her own 3-D chess set using card stock paper.

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