Jigsaw Mind Puzzles
Jigsaw puzzles make great artwork for your wall. They are relatively inexpensive, and by nature pleasing to the eye. There are many types of jigsaw puzzles. Some puzzles are simple with large pieces that are designed for toddlers, as well as preschoolers. Some are 3D puzzles that are castles and buildings. Most jigsaws consist of a picture cut up into tiny pieces of different shapes, and can vary in size from just a few pieces to well thousands.
Some people have favorite family portraits blown up and made into jigsaw puzzles. Putting a jigsaw together can be challenging, but you can simplify things with a little planning. The first thing to do is to separate the pieces into inner pieces and outer pieces. Outer pieces have at least one straight side, whereas the inner ones will have four irregular shaped sides. Once you have separated the pieces, set the inner pieces aside, and start assembling the outer frame of the puzzle.
A little sorting will help here, as well. Separate the pieces by color, and build from the corners. If you are working on a puzzle with thousands of pieces, it may help to work on it in small segments. Once you have assembled the frame, you will once again need to sort pieces. Put similar colors together, and look for distinctive features, such as eyes on people and animals, or the petals of a flower. You will probably want to work on small sections of each color group at a time, and you may have to resort several times before you start seeing your puzzle turn back into a picture. You’ll need to refer to the master picture on the box often, as this can help you determine where that eye went, or which group of clouds goes in what section of the sky. Don’t expect to finish your jigsaw puzzle at one sitting. Some puzzles will take you many days to finish. You’ll find that people will want to help you place the pieces.
That can be very helpful, because everyone has a different perspective. It’s a wonderful family project, because basically everyone can help. Once you have finally finished assembling your puzzle, you’ll need to glue it together so you can hang it on the wall. You will need a bottle of ordinary Elmer’s glue, a sheet of cardboard or poster board, and a frame about the same dimensions as the puzzle. Spread a thin layer of ordinary Elmer’s glue over the entire top of your puzzle. Let the glue dry for at least 24 hours, and then add a second thin layer of glue. You’ll want to give the second layer about two days to dry and set. You will then turn the puzzle over, and follow the same procedure for the back. Once your finished puzzle is dry, Glue the cardboard to the back, and let that dry another day or two. To mount it in the frame, place the frame face down, and slide your puzzle into place.
Use picture tacks from your local craft store to hold it in place, and turn it over. Spread a third layer of glue over the top, and let it dry thoroughly. The glue will dry to a glossy finish, but if you prefer, you can also add a layer of decoupage glue for extra shine. If your cardboard or poster board has a little strip showing around the edges, you can cover it by gluing a number of things to the cardboard. I have used lace, glitter, and ribbon, and I have known of people that used automotive racing stripe tape. There are just innumerable things you can do. Be creative, and remember, it’s your art, so if you like it, that’s all that matters .
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