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Making a Chess Set – Super Heroes Vs. Villains

My first sell on Etsy was a Super Heroes Vs. Villains chess set, so I decided to take some pictures of the process. If you decide you are interested in ordering one or taking a look at the other sets I have made (Star Wars, Harry Potter, & Lord of the Rings) click on the link: WoodnPlaytime

If you want a chess set and have an idea for something I haven’t made – contact me and we’ll see what we can come up with!

I order the plain peg people as a set and start with base coats. As the base coats dry I add in details as you can see. The bigger pieces are 3 9/16 inches tall where the pawns are only 1 1/8 inches tall. The Super Heroes Vs Villains is one of the hardest sets I paint because each piece is different and there are a lot of details to get on even the smallest pieces. Each piece is painted on the bottom – Heroes I did yellow and Villains I did red – & labeled with it’s name.

Creating super hero pieces collage

Once all the pieces are done I start to work on the board. My awesome hubby cuts the board down to size for me and after it’s sanded I varnish it. Once the varnish is dry I measure and grid the board with a pencil. In the past I have just hand painted, trying my best to do clean straight lines – this time I got smart and taped the board off. I love how it turned out. I still had to hand paint some of the edge lines though.

Creating super hero board collage

Once the board is done I sew a couple bags to hold the pieces. I like finding fabric that fits the chess set theme when possible – I was thrilled to find these two contrasting patterns.  I put the villains in the gray bag and the heroes in the blue – but the customer can bag them however they like.

This particular set is about to be shipped off – my first Etsy store order! Woohoo! But it is listed in my store – it takes 3-5 weeks to get these painted because of the detail, etc, so think ahead if your interested! My other small sets take 2-4 weeks and the big 4 player Harry potter set takes 4-6 weeks.

Super Heroes vs Villains

Lord of the Rings

Star Wars

Harry Potter

Harry Potter 4 Player

 

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Look at me, getting crafty!

It can happen, you know!

I really do like to make things – call me a closet crafter, lol.

Often I just don’t have much time between kids and writing and life,

but this year things are a little tight and we had some unexpected expenses in the last week

the kind that make you think….

“Hmmmm… I have a bunch of crafty stuff laying around, I wonder if I could make Christmas?”

So, I got started, and I’m having a blast.

One of the ideas I saw & loved was to make peg dolls – pinterest is covered with them. But, the tricky part for me was that I didn’t have any peg dolls on hand & going out and buying them would defeat the whole “let’s save money” mindset.

So, I dug out my box of wood crafts. I don’t even know where I got most of them – I think someone handed them to me at one point and I said “cool! thinking they’d come in handy someday for kid crafts or who knows what.”

In my box I found a bunch of wood balls and beads in varying sizes & a bunch of wood candle cups in varying sizes. After playing around with things for a while. I flipped the candle cups upside down and set beads or balls on top (depending on the size.

Voila!! 

I had peg people!!

I was immensely excited and began hot gluing away – the plan being to make 5 sets of 5 (1 for each kid). The only downside to this whole process was the few layers of skin I took of my finger with hot glue – OUCH!!!

Anyway, not only do I have nifty peg people, but mine are even cooler because you can stick your fingers in them and use them like little wooden finger puppets too! Gotta love those upside down candle cups.

I spent the morning painting the first group – I’m not the most amazing artist, but I really had a lot of fun 😀

So, here is my first set – this is a Super Hero set which will go to Jamesy (don’t tell!!!)

Super Hero Peg People

 

Here are the other 4 sets to look forward to:

Star Wars (Jacob)

Sesame Street (Robert – these will all be done bigger – Incredible Hulk size)

Harry Potter (Em)

Wizard of Oz (Dot)

Wish me luck! We’ll see how they go 😀

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