Originally posted by redpen1919
So I'm a full time slab building potter and I've decided to make myself a chess set out of clay. If it turns out, I might like to make more for sale. Having played 99% of my games on RHP and living in a small rural town I don't see too many physical chess sets.
I'm wondering if there is some fairly hard and fast rule about the dimensions of the che ...[text shortened]... e of (an actual standard, the aesthetic of tallest to shortest from the centre out, etc.?)?
Since others have talked about size, there is one thing not mentioned:
If they are just clay, they will be top heavy and prone to fall over easily. The solution to that is to get a plug of lead or iron in the bottom of the set so it is bottom heavy and more stable. Most good sets are weighted with a disc of iron about 1/8th inch thick and sized just under the outer dimensions to hide the weights.
I would think it would be better to use lead for the reason that if you used iron and it needed to be just a bit under the size of the outer diameter it would leave the piece with a thin layer of clay around it. If you use lead, you can make it smaller and have more clay around the lead, thus making the whole bottom that much stronger.
Of course if you really wanted to go to extremes there, you could find some plugs of depleted uranium, that would be half the size of lead🙂