Don't buy cheesy, cheap discount store chessmen. Instead, make your Recycled Chess Pieces. No special skills or techniques are required. The industrial artwork movement, as well as the steampunk art style, influenced these metal robot pieces. I used bicycle chain, screws, bolts, nuts, threaded rod, gears, spacers, pipe, and any other shiny metal I could find. If the metal isn't shiny the way you like, use a wire wheel to buff it!
The holidays are coming, so make this set of industrial-inspired Recycled Chess Pieces for that special someone.
You only need a drill! You don't have to weld, and if you can use a screwdriver, you can create these sculptures. For these three pieces, King, Rook, and Knight, the primary structure is made using tea infuser balls. The balls are easy to drill for big screws as eyes. I used pieces of bike chain to create their arms and affixed them using screws. I used washers, gears, and other metal parts for the bases, attaching them to the balls with a threaded rod inside. It’s only the beginning. I'll make the Queen, Bishop, and Pawns soon. Why use tea balls? These robots are perfect for the tactical stra-tea-gy the game. Checkmate!