My Creativitis

The Rantings of a Crazed Woman with Chronic Creativitis

Oct 31

When I think of birds and Halloween, there are two that come to mind more readily than any others: the Raven and the Crow.   The Raven is famously eerie in part because of it’s role in Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem called, The Raven.   The credit for the famous eeriness of the crow comes, I believe, from Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds.

The Raven

They are both great candidates, but if I have to choose one, I must go with the Raven.  It is bigger, and has more of an ominous presence than the common crow.

Raven profile

This particular Raven is made of polymer clay, and is 1 and 7/8th inches long and 7/8th of an inch tall.  He takes Halloween quite seriously, so you’d better watch out!!!

Raven top view


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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 16

More free patterns for the Halloween Chess Set pieces!  This post focuses on the Bishops, Knights, and Queen for the orange side of the Chess Set, which I first posted back in August.

Draculas, Ghosts, and the She-devil Queen

Below are the links for the patterns and the instructions, which are all in pdf format.  As I mentioned in the past two 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 width of Dracula’s cape on the printed pattern.  It should be five inches across.

 

Patterns:

Ghost, Dracula, She-devil

 

Instructions:

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Ghost

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Dracula

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for She-devil

 

 

Ghostly Knights

These ghosts are very easy and basic!  I glued them towards the back of their stands to make room in the front for the arms. That way, the piece doesn’t take up too much room on the chess board, which, incidentally, has to be a bit larger than normal – if you hadn’t noticed.  Making your own chessboard might be something to consider at some point, also.  If there is enough demand, I’ll come up with some patterns for that as well.

 

Bishop Dracula

Notice the position of the collar.  Gluing that in place is a bit tricky, but it’s so worth it!  The hair piece is fun.  If it doesn’t line up quite right, trim it very carefully, little snippets at a time, until it’s just right.

 

She-devil Queen

She-devil backview

She-devil, the Queen

Hopefully these pictures are helpful.  Notice the space between the horns and the ears.  It’s kind of hard to tell with all that hair, but I think when you get down to making it, you’ll figure it out. Have fun with it!

 

Only three critters to go!

 

 

 

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Oct 08

This post contains FREE patterns and instructions for the Halloween Chess Pieces shown in my first post.  The pieces highlighted today are the pawns, which are bats and cats, and the castles (or rooks), which are headstones and caskets.

Pawns and Castles

Casket, Cat, Bat, Headstone

 

Casket, Cat, Bat, Headstone

Casket, Cat, Bat, Headstone

Future posts will feature the other  chess characters, and if all goes as planned, they will all be available on or before October 24th.

 

Below are the links for the patterns and the instructions, which are all in pdf format.  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 diameters of the base circles and make sure they are the sizes they are supposed to be, as indicated on the patterns.

Patterns for Bases, Castles, Cats, and Bats

 

The instructions links don’t matter so much what size they get printed since they are just text.

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Castles

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Bats

Halloween Chess Set Instructions for Cats

 

Here are a few pictures that will help you better understand the instructions:

 

Candle cups and doll head knobs

The cat head and body are the first items shown on the left in the above picture, followed by the bat body and head.  The large body and head on the right are used for all of the characters which will be shown in future posts.  Notice the cat body has a hole drilled into it towards the bottom, for the tail.

 

Bases for all Characters

Pictured above are the bases indicated in the patterns.  The Kings and Queens use the 1/2 inch thick base on the left.  the Pawns use the 1/8 inch base in the center, and the Knights, Bishops and Castles use the 1/4 inch base on the right.  The 1/8 inch wooden circle is available in many craft stores.   The others might be harder to find, and you may have to cut them yourself using my patterns.

 

 

Bat pawn

Bat pawn front view

Here is a closeup of the bat.  Notice the mouth with its little fangs, and innocent smile.

 

 

Bat pawn back view

The wings are glued onto the back with the top right at the base of the head, and the tail sticking out just a bit on the bottom.

 

 

Black Cat pawn

This picture is focused more on the feet to show the placement of the 3mm pompoms for it’s toes.

 

 

Cat pawn face shot

Here is a close-up to show the placement of the pompoms to make the nose and mouth.  The cheeks are made using two 7mm pompoms.  The nose is a 3mm pompom, and the mouth is completed by gluing a 5mm pompom just below the cheeks.

 

Hopefully these pictures have been helpful!  The instructions and patterns are much more complete, so be sure to download them all.

 

Have Fun!!!

 

 

 

 

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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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