Spend a nice, relaxing, summer afternoon playing checkers and sipping lemonade with this olde time favorite game!
Red and blue poker chips are used here as checkers, but you could use painted bottle caps, buttons or colored chipboard discs.
Making this project was as much fun as it was to play with!
- #15-0150 Armour Etch Cream
- #19-2705 Etch Bath stencils- Stars (3 sheets needed)
- #50-0501 Tool Kit (you will need to use almost all of the supplies that come in this kit)
- #31-0401 Beige Vinyl Masking
- Square Flat wood frame with an opening size of at least 12 x 12
- **Mirror or glass pane- cut to fit wood frame (if your frame does not already come with one)
- Red, white, blue acrylic paint
- Clear acrylic gloss spray sealer
- Pencil, ruler (you may also want a T-square if you have one)
- Liner brush
- Medium round brush
- Medium, fine sandpaper
- Needle-nosed pliers
- Picture frame diamond pin points or tiny nails (8pcs)
- Frame tape or Kraft nylon re-enforced 3" shipping tape
- Firm cardboard or mat board the size of the glass
- Scrap cardboard larger than frame (for painting frame and then handling glass)
- Tack cloth
- 8 Red, 8 Blue poker chips (available at party or toy stores)
- Optional: 1 ½" star stencil or template (for the corners)
- Small tack hammer
- Paper towels
** You can have a hardware store, frame shop or glass and mirror shop cut a piece of mirror or glass for you if your frame does not come with one. Take the frame with you, so they can accurately measure and cut the right size for you. This project can also be sandblasted instead of using the Etch cream.
Preparing the frame:
- If your frame came with glass in it, pull out the pin points with a needle-nosed pliers. Set them aside for re-assembly later. Remove the backing and the glass or mirror and set aside.
- Sand the wood frame first with the medium sandpaper, then with the fine until wood is smooth on all surfaces. Wipe frame down with tack cloth to remove all sanding dust.
- Using a ruler, mark off the corners of the frame to create a box, by aligning the edge of the ruler with the inside edge of the frame and drawing a straight line to the outside edge (see pic).
- Place the frame on a large piece of scrap cardboard. This will allow you to move the frame around while painting it and spraying on the sealer without having to touch it.
- Paint the frame inside and out using a sponge brush, with 2 coats of red paint except inside the corner boxes you marked off. Let dry
- Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Paint inside the corner boxes with 2 coats of white paint. Set aside to dry.
- If you have a star template or stencil, trace a star in each corner inside the white box with a pencil. (I you don't have a template to use, you can paint them freehand).
- Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â With the round brush, paint each star blue.
- With the liner brush, outline the white box on two sides where it meets the red rails of the frame with blue.
- Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â With the liner brush, paint a red dot a 1/16" away from the tip of each star's point. Paint a line-dash-line down the side of each point. Let dry
- Spray frame with 2 coats of clear acrylic gloss sealer. Let first coat dry before applying the second one. Set frame aside to dry overnight.
Etching the Checkerboard:
**Caution! Edges of mirror or glass may not be buffed and can cut fingers. Do not handle glass by the edges
- Clean the mirror with the glass cleaner that came with your tool kit. Make sure all the glass is dry before the next step
- Place a few pieces of rolled masking tape, sticky side out on the backside ofÃƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â the mirror. Place mirror on the scrap piece of cardboard you used to paint the frame. The tape will help keep the mirror from sliding around on the cardboard.
- Cover the entire mirror with a piece of contact vinyl. Trim off the excess vinyl so there is no overhang
- Measure each side of the mirror with a pencil and mark the center point at the mirror's edge. Draw a connecting line to the opposite sides to find dead center on the mirror.
- Now make a mark every 1 ¼" in each direction starting at the center point and connect the lines until you have a grid of eight rows of eight cubes across and eight rows and eight cubes down. Use a T-square to help you keep the lines straight if you have one. You should now have a grid of 1 ¼" x 1 ¼" cubes on the vinyl.
- On the outer edges of the grid, connect the bottom edges of the cubes together to form and define a rim around the outside edge of the grid
- Line up your ruler or T-square again on each pencil line and score with the craft knife. Continue until all of the lines have been scored. Cut only the vinyl, do not score so deeply that you scratch the mirror
- Remove every other cube in each row so you have four covered and four not covered. In the next row, uncover the opposite cube and keep the next one covered. (see pic)
- Remove all the vinyl around the outside rim. This will be etched as well
- Take the tweezers and remove one of the 2nd to largest stars from the Etch Bath stencil sheet (there are 2 rows of stars this size). Place the star in the center of each uncovered cube.Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Using the sponge brush, load with Etch Cream and PAT the cream over each uncovered cube on half of the mirror and 2 sides of the rim. DO NOT Ãƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¢Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¬Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¯Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â¿Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â½paint" the cream on, it will streak. View the directions and How To video HEREÃƒï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãƒï¿½Ã‚Â Wait 5 minutes and rinse under running water. Be careful not to splash water or cream on the other half of the mirror.
- Repeat step 11 with the other half of the mirror.
- Remove all the vinyl cubes from the entire mirror. Rinse with water. Pat mirror dry with paper towels.
- Turn wood frame upside down. Place mirror etched side down in frame, followed by the cardboard backing. If you etched a piece of clear glass instead of a mirror, insert the colored paper before the cardboard backing.
- Insert the diamond frame pin points back into their original holes using tweezers or needle nosed pliers. Tap them in with a tack hammer until they hold, but not so far that they no longer hold down the mirror assembly. If that does not work. pin them in at a new location. Place 2 pins per side, spread apart.
- Place an 8" long piece of framers or shipping tape caddy corner over corner of the frame and backer board. Then cover entire seam where the cardboard backer board meets the frame. This will seal out dirt, absorb shock and keep the backer board in place.
- Turn checkerboard over. Clean the mirror with glass cleaner.
- Add the poker chip playing pieces and have a nice relaxing summer!