We’ve posted a number of popular pieces recently on “quilling,” aka “paper filigree.” This is a method of paper craft where you twirl, twist, and fold paper to make decorative shapes. It’s amazing to see some of the elaborate projects people have managed using quilled paper.
In this impressive quilling project, Instructable member Linda Rose, of Linda Rose Design, documents how she made this gorgeous chess set and light-up chess board (and storage box) using paper almost exclusively. The frame for the board and storage box are wood, the board is covered in plexi, and she used LED strips for the lighting, but the rest is nothing more that lovingly twisted and shaped strips of colored paper.
The Instructable is quite long, documenting first the construction of the simple wooden box and the LED lighting. From there, Linda shows you how to quill. In this set of images, you can see how the three components that make up a pawn are made and then put together.
A few more examples of the finished pieces. Here is a finished Knight.
The finished Blue Queen.
The Blue King.
Beginning work on quilling the squares that will make up the chess board.
The final squares ready to be installed inside of the frame.
The board assembled and slotted into the storage box. Everything fits neat and tidy.
The Blue forces are in position and ready to challenge the army of the White King.