A one of a kind, handmade chess set is a rare thing. I assume that making 16 Pawns, all the exact same size and shape, is a pretty daunting task for any sculptor. And after all that’s done, there’s still 16 more pieces to create! It’s quite a commitment, and I have a number of blogs recording 3 different chess sets I began over the years (and still have yet to finish them). Having collected all the upcycled materials for this undertaking I began my 4th chess set, this chess set, determined to finish it too.
It was a lengthy process to design 6 unique wire insects (each able to fit within a 1″ square) and another lengthy process to build the 32 individual figures:
- Wasps (x2) – Kings
- Bees (x2) – Queens
- Praying Mantises (x4) – Bishops
- Scorpions (x4) – Knights
- Spiders (x4) – Rooks
- Ants (x16) – Pawns