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Woman makes chess pieces from dead mice

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For those looking for a unique Christmas gift, look no further than a chess set with pieces made of dead mice that has been selling online.

The pieces, created by 31-year-old Florida native Rachael Garcia, have the taxidermy mice wearing armor. The pieces took a month for her to make. The chessboard itself is wooden and hand-painted.

"I started to build a chess set once in high school out of clay, and told myself I was never going to learn how to play chess until I built a whole set," Garcia told the Huffington Post. "The fabric used is mostly scrap fabric found around my house. The shields that the knights used were from pieces of a bracelet."

She obtained the mice from a facility which uses frozen mice to feed reptiles.

"I used to be a zookeeper and worked with reptiles for seven years, so I knew a bunch of places that carried frozen mice."

Garcia's latest set sold Monday for $450. Although there are currently none of that specific set available, she has more novelty items on the way.

"Next I hope to do more single-piece character mice and I'm taking custom requests," she said. "So far, I will be making Slash from Guns and Roses for one of my best friends and possible Gandalf from 'Lord of the Rings.' And as far as multipiece sets, I hope to have the Last Supper finished in the next few months."


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