My Creativitis

The Rantings of a Crazed Woman with Chronic Creativitis

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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Aug 20

 

My family has a passion for doing crazy things,

Which brings me to the reason for making Queens and Kings.

The Green Team

My Mom was born on Halloween, her name, it means ‘bewitched’

Which worked out really well when my mom and dad got hitched.

For Dad, you see, loves Halloween and can dress-up fit to kill

And visit certain neighbors and give them quite a chill!

The Orange Team

So that is how this chess set became a family game.

And now I’ll introduce you to each playing piece by name:

 The first piece is my mother, because she is The Queen

And she makes the cutest little Witch that you have ever seen!

Grandma Witch

My dad became The King because she had married him,

And he, for many years now,  has dressed up to be The Grim.

Grandpa Grim

From there the pieces of the game just seemed to fall in place,

And every family member came to occupy a space.

I am the oldest child in our family of four

And three of us got married to create a dozen more.

I’d like to introduce them now and tell you how they fit

(Although it takes a minute to come up with all this wit.)

My husband’s name is Bill and he is the other King,

And dressing up as Skeleton has often been his thing.

It was the costume of his choice before we’d even wed,

And to this day he’ll bring it out to fill the heart with dread!

Skeleton Bill

But  for myself my favorite thing to dress up – and to play,

Is simply a She-devil,  ‘cuz that’s what people say

Is hiding deep inside of me and sometimes will slip out

To pull a little prank or two, to make somebody shout.

Devil Sheri

My brother is Count Dracula, and his costume is the best!

His dentist made him vampire teeth, and that is not a jest!

His costume is distinguished and he always looks well-dressed.

As he plays the role of Bishop in our family game of chess.

Dracula Darryl

His wife, whose name is Patti, is standing by his side

And she is rather Ghostly as she quietly doth glide.

Her position on the board is always as the Knight

And with her playing in the game, we’re sure to do alright.

Ghost Patti

 The other Knight across the board, upon my parents’ team

Is a character whose very sight will often make you scream!

But our Mummy is so cute and sweet she simply steals your heart,

And my sister is the fitting one who gets to play that part!

Mummy Denise

The Bishop who stands by her in this wild little game

Is, of course, her husband, and Louis is his name.

He has the part of Frankenstein, a mighty man of strength,

And to protect his King and Queen, he’ll go to any length!

Frankenstein Lou

The Castles, oh so fitting, in this gruesome little game

Are the headstone and the coffin, both of which are very plain.

But their looks can be deceiving as so many of us know

For inside of them is just the place for all our ghouls to stow.

Castles

 And now I’ll introduce to you our precious little ones:

The characters we love, who play the parts of all the pawns.

Our youngest brother, Jim, is represented by the Bat.

Jim, The Bat

And each and every grandkid is distinguished by a Cat.

Willliam, Samantha, Robyn

 

Bryce, Nathan, Jared, Justin, Jake

 

Ben, Tim, Emily, Sara

 Now Jim has never married, and he likely never will

But some grandkids have started up that matrimony hill.

A few of them have kittens and have started on their way

To make their own adventures in this world of work and play.

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