The video speaks for itself. The only variations I would suggest are: (i) attach the crowns to the King's and Queen's heads by inserting a toothpick axially through the crown and can and securing it in place with a toothpick nut straw-nut; (ii) you can make the bishop taller by keeping more of the upper part of the can on each segment, like you see in the photo; (iii) use smaller and more attractive rubber bands than the ones I used; and (iv) tape the "collars" in place using only one layer (instead of wrapping the entire top around your finger like I did).

You can use flat checkers pieces (see extracting the disc) with printed images to make a chess board that fits a large rubber chess board.

Here is the pdf file you can use to print out flat chess piece images:


Print the pdf document out at ACTUAL RESOLUTION, in a 1-to-1 ratio, from your printer. You'll need to look in the pdf print menu to delete the scale-to-fit feature.

Regrettably, I was unable to find a chess board that fit full-can-sized chess pieces.

Here's an alternative configuration for the body of the queen, shaped like an hourglass. It's made by curving-in the sides of a 16-slice can.