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The quickest way I've found. Consist in using fishing weights made of lead and zinc.

First put a little of hot glue to prevent a rattle. Add weight, interspersed with hot glue. Press to stick properly.

Finally, cover the bottom with felt fabric.

MODEL STAUNTON - MASSIVE POLYETHYLENE HIGH IMPACT
KING WITH 10.7 CM
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 1.7 KG
DaveJ55 months ago

Hello. I know I am over 2 years late since you posted this. I am looking into doing something similar. So far it seems cheaper to just buy a heavier set just because of the cost of the weights.

What size fishing weights did you use? Did you use multiple weights in each piece?

Did you leave space between the bottom and the new felt?

Thank you

GildoCra (author)  DaveJ55 months ago

I know there are sets of weights
for chess pieces but I had no time. So I just used weight for fishing,
here is very cheap. Those little balls are the weight, so yes plenty
of them.

Add enough hot glue to fill the spaces, if go wrong you can remove easily, try to align with the background of the piece.

Be careful the hot glue can heat part, do little applications. Good luck!