Many people ask us for tips on how we like to do our jigsaw puzzles. Here is our best advice:
Find a good place to do it! Look for a flat space with plenty of extra room. It is often frustrating to start a puzzle only to find you don’t have enough room to finish it. Lighting is also very important. Make sure the space you have chosen is bright enough to distinguish different colors and allows you to concentrate on small details. If you may have to move it, or don’t plan on finishing it in a timely fashion(some of us are over ambitious 🙂 ) you might want to do it on a backer board. This is a board commercially available for doing puzzles that can be lifted and moved. some have edges to keep pieces from follow off, some don’t. If you’re handy, one can easily be made by going to your local home store and getting some hardboard, mdf, or the like(see right–>). They’ll often cut it to size for you to, and edges are not completely necessary.
Here comes the fun part, open the box and dump it out on your work space, WOO HOO! Ok, enough fun, time to get to work and to sort the pieces. Look at the box top and pick out things that are easily noted. Concentrating on color, pattern, object, and edges generally gets you going in the right direction.
Now for the first step in actual assembly. We start with the edges to make up a frame. This gives you an idea of scale, and reference points for the rest of the objects and parts of the puzzle.
Assemble what would be considered the “easy” sections of the puzzle. These are the parts that have really distinct colors or objects and the pieces are easier to make out. Below are a few circled for example. Repeat this until you have several components of the puzzle made.
Now we’re getting somewhere! Take the assembled pieces and arrange them within the “frame” made by the edges. Position them as they appear in the picture on the cover of the puzzle box.
Continue to assemble small segments of the puzzle and position them in the scene you are creating. The objects will get harder and harder, but the puzzle will really start coming to life! When you get towards the end, all you will have left are dark shadows and “fill”. These can sometimes be tough depending on the puzzle, but stick with it and it will all come together… Taa Daa!!!!
Happy Puzzle Building!