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David Austin built this chess set entirely from chainmail in about a year’s time -

One of the first important decisions I made was what wire size to use. I decided that in order to fully articulate the style of traditional chess pieces I was going to have to use thin wire and small rings. So I decided to use .035″ wire. This is about the smallest wire size I felt comfortable using for extended periods of time at the time in which I started this project. For metals, I already knew that I would use stainless steel and bronze. These are the two metals I used for the squares on the chess board. Also, both metals have roughly the same amount of springback, which I knew would be vital in ensuring sculptural consistency.

More photos and info on the build process here. [via Geekologie]

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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