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Oct 24

Here are the final free patterns and instructions for the Halloween Chess Set!   If this is your first visit to my site, you should be sure to check out all of the other Posts in the Halloween Chess Set Category so you have all the info you need to create your own complete set.  The last very necessary piece to finish your set is the Witch Queen!

Witch Queen

 

 

Below are the links for the patterns and the instructions for the Witch Queen, which are all in pdf format.  As I mentioned in the past four posts, the patterns need to be printed the correct size. I’ve found that the best way to accomplish this, as far as I know at this point, is to right click on the pattern links.  Then click “save link as. ”   Select where you want to save it and rename it if you wish. After you’ve saved it, you have to go find it,  open it, and print it. When you print, be sure to set your “page scaling” to “none.”  If you don’t do that, your patterns could very likely end up the wrong size, which could make your characters look a bit odd. To check your sizing, measure the witch hat brim. The outer circle should be 2  1/2 inches, and the inner circle should be 1  1/4 inches.

 

Pattern Link:

Witch Queen Patterns

 

Instruction Link:

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Witch

 

The back of the Witch Queen

You’ve probably noticed that the strands of yarn on the witch are still intact, while the strands on the She-devil were separated into finer hairs.  This was intentional.  I left the witch’s hair like this to make it more ‘stringy’, rather than frizzy.  You can do it any way you’d like, of course!  She’s your witch now.

 

Incidentally, I may have failed to mention in my instructions that the inside circle of the witch’s brim is to be discarded.  Just to clear that up, if there was any doubt. . . don’t try to use it anywhere in this project. Unless you want to, of course.  After all, it is a free country. And if you do find a use for it – in this project – please let the rest of us know, in case we want to be frugal, too.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed making your own chess set, or at least contemplating it.  Or maybe you were just curious.  Anyway, I’ll have more ideas in the very near future, so keep checking in!

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Oct 20

Finally,  here are the free patterns and instructions for the Kings in the Halloween Chess Set!

The Skeleton King and The Grim Reaper King

 

I’m saving the Witch Queen for the next, and last, blog in this series.  But don’t worry, I have many more ideas for future blogs.  Including, but not limited to, a chess board to go with the chess set – if there is interest expressed. Please let me know.

 

Below are the links for the patterns and the instructions for the kings, which are all in pdf format.  As I mentioned in the past three posts, the patterns need to be printed the correct size. I’ve found that the best way to accomplish this, as far as I know at this point, is to right click on the pattern links.  Then click “save link as. ”   Select where you want to save it and rename it if you wish. After you’ve saved it, you have to go find it,  open it, and print it. When you print, be sure to set your “page scaling” to “none.”  If you don’t do that, your patterns could very likely end up the wrong size, which could make your characters look a bit odd. To check your sizing, the scythe blade on the pattern should be 3  1/4 inches long from tip to tip.

 

Pattern Link:

Skeleton and Grim Reaper Patterns

 

Instruction Links:

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Skeleton

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Grim Reaper

 

 

Skeleton

Above is a close up of the skeleton to help you get an idea of how to paint the face. Painting the rest of it is pretty basic. Below are pictures showing the steps to making the hands for both the skeleton, and the grim reaper. These steps are outlined in the instructions, but I’m also writing them here to go along with the pictures to make sure you have no problems.  They’re quite easy, and fun, once you know how!

 

Making the hands: step one

Step 1: Holding two 1  1/2 inch long 3mm chenille stems side by side, take a 3  inch long chenille stem and wrap it once around the center of both of the short ones. Make sure that there is 1  1/2 inches of the long stem left to be used for the arm.

 

 

Hands - step two

Step 2: The short stems are the four fingers.  Bend them so that they are in line with the arm stem, but pointing in the opposite direction of the arm.

 

 

Hand - step three

Step 3: Take the end of the long stem that you just wrapped around the short stems, and twist it so that it is perpendicular to the arm and fingers.

 

 

Hand - step four

Step 4: Wrap the long stem tightly around the four fingers once or twice and bring it underneath the hand so it’s sticking out like a thumb.

 

 

Hand - step five

Step 5: Now just trim the fingers and thumb to the right lengths so it looks like a hand. Use your hand for a guide.

 

 

Hand - step 6

Step 6: This step is for the Grim Reaper.  This is actually step 16 on the instruction sheets that you should have downloaded. To bend his hand so it’s pointing straight at whomever is in front of him, bend all of his fingers around a dowel, except for the pointer finger.  Leave that one straight.  Then position the thumb over the other fingers in a life-like manner, slide the dowel out of his hand, and there you are!

The pointing finger of the Grim Reaper

You might have to re-position his hand a bit after you glue his arm to his body.

 

Well, that’s it for now.  Come back on October 24th for the exciting conclusion when I will be featuring the Witch Queen who started it all! (See the Halloween Chess Set Blog that was posted last August for more information.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 12

As promised, here are the free instructions and patterns for the Bishops and Knights on the green side of the Halloween Chess Set!

Frankensteins and Mummies

You’ll notice that the two Frankensteins are not identical.  And neither are the two Mummies.  They each have their own distinctive look and personality.  It’s fun to watch them take shape.  Sometimes they just crack me up!  You might find yourself talking to them as you’re working on them.  Don’t worry.  They like that!  They’re kind of sensitive though, so try not to get too upset with them if something goes wrong.

 

The links for the patterns and the instructions are all in pdf format.  The patterns need to be printed the correct size.  As I mentioned in my last blog, I’ve found that the best way to accomplish this, as far as I know at this point, is to right click on the pattern links.  Then click “save link as. ”   Select where you want to save it and rename it if you wish. After you’ve saved it, you have to go find it,  open it, and print it.  When you print, be sure to set your “page scaling” to “none.”  If you don’t do that, your patterns could very likely end up the wrong size, which could make your characters look a bit odd.  To check your sizing, measure the Mummy’s sign.  It should be 1  3/16 inches wide and a bit over 5/8 of an inch tall.

 

Here is the pattern link, followed by the two links for instructions:

Mummy and Frankenstein

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Mummies

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Frankenstein

 

 

 

Two little Mummies

Use the above picture to help you place the arms and feet and the eyes and nose properly on the Mummies.  Notice how the left hand is curved around the sign handle.  You’ll definitely want to use a low temp glue gun for that job!

 

Speaking of glue, I tried to specify which glue works better for each gluing job in the instructions.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of personal preference, but other times there is a definite reason for using one or the other.  Generally, the craft glues hold better over the long term, but they can be too slow to dry in some circumstances. Then you are probably better off with the glue gun.  I much prefer the low temp for these kinds of projects. The low temp glue cools off faster, for one thing, and that can be very handy.  Also, burning yourself is not nearly as bad as it is with the hot glue! But use your judgement, and do what works best for you.

 

 

Check out Frank's neck bolts!

Hopefully this close-up gives you some idea of how to paint Frankenstein’s shirt and pants, and where to place the pompoms for the neck bolts.

 

I hope you have as much fun making these characters as I did!

 

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