I made a chess set using only money. Notes for the board, coins for the pieces. Total cost: £2,402.68.
Step 1: About...
I can't remember when or from where this idea originates. All I do know is that it was finally realized on Saturday 23rd August, after saving up a lot of money. The principle is simple, collect all your loose change to use for the pieces, and visit the bank to withdraw notes, and fold up them to build the individual squares. This alone, is a cool idea, but I wanted it to be more special, so I designed each piece using coins that I considered would specifically, and artistically, represent the piece and its historical and gameplay purpose. And instead of white and black, the opposing sides would be called 'heads' and 'tails'.
Step 2: Getting the money
Go to and/or rob a bank and withdraw £2,402.68
Step 3: Prepare the notes
Fold each note into a rough square so that a suitable colour contrast can be achieved. I used the '50' and '20' flashes to be prominant. Even notes of different sizes will, because of the chequerboard pattern, ultimate match on all four sides. Make sure every note is folder in exactly the same way.
Step 4: Lay them out
Carefully arrange the notes on the board, and add a surround. Do this so that the uniformity can be seen visually.
Step 5: Perspex Cover
Lower a sheet perspex onto the notes. This keeps the board flat, and together. Because the notes all stand up in the same orientation you should be able to lower from the 'hinged' side of all the notes, and they will collapse naturally into shape.