Jigsaw Puzzle Addiction Jig saw love, so addicting!!

Jigsaw Puzzle Variety

Round Jig Saw Puzzle
Round Jig Saw Puzzle
Large piece Jigsaw Puzzle for older eyes
Large piece Jigsaw Puzzle for older eyes
Home made Plywood Jigsaw Puzzle
Home made Plywood Jigsaw Puzzle
Computerized Jigsaw Puzzle
Computerized Jigsaw Puzzle
A simple Child's Jigsaw Puzzle
A simple Child's Jigsaw Puzzle
The Jigsaw Puzzle shop showing  variety of Jigsaws some Three Dimensional......All photos courtesy Flickr
The Jigsaw Puzzle shop showing variety of Jigsaws some Three Dimensional......All photos courtesy Flickr

My Jigsaw Puzzle Addiction

I don't know about you, but I love Jigsaw Puzzles! Always have and I suppose always will. Maybe this constitutes an addiction. If it does it is a harmless one. Maybe it take a toll on your eyesight if any thing. We always have a Jigsaw on the go at our home. It sits on its special table waiting for some one to stop by and put a piece in place. It is a soothing pastime. I have read that during the Great Depression jigsaw sales boomed. Maybe in these difficult times they will come back into their own. Hours of enjoyment could be bought for a few cents, the whole family could enjoy the puzzle making and then it could be passed on to a new family. Not only that, often the puzzles were educational being made in the form of maps with counties and states forming the pieces.

The very first jigsaw puzzles were indeed made by a map maker in 1760 using his maps which made them both amusing and educational. At first the jigsaws were painstakingly made using a band saw called a Jigsaw giving the puzzle its name. Later on in the 1930s the puzzles were made from cardboard using a hydraulic press which simplified the process and made for a snug fit between the pieces.

Jigsaws come in all shapes and sizes and an incredible variety of scenes and picture. It is possible to have a photograph made into a jigsaw puzzle. Many companies offer this service. It would make an ideal gift. for a newly wed couple, new parents or any memorable occasion. For an artist it would be an ideal way to increase income. It is now possible to have three dimensional jigsaw puzzles, quite a challenge to complete. Simple puzzles with large easily handled pieces are available for toddlers from an early age. Often the pieces are in the shape of animals to the child's delight.

My favorite puzzles are intricate scenes with 1000 pieces, which are usually 38 x 27 pieces making 1026 in fact. I like the pieces to be fully interlocking, though having said that some of the vintage wooden ones are fun to do and are sometimes made in random shapes. Many people like to frame and varnish their completed puzzle to hang on the wall. I just like to put the pieces back in the box and mark it to say when it was completed and by whom. This makes it easier years later to decide whether to resurrect an old puzzle. Nowadays there are roll up felts that you can lay out and roll up to put away after your session without disturbing your partly finished puzzle.

Having said all that, excuse me I'm off to finish my puzzle. It is a beautiful picture of ocean going yachts. I have long ago finished that and I'm now attempting a puzzle called " The Impossible Puzzle". It's very slow going but very enjoyable and has no interlocking pieces. So once again" Bye bye" !

Tha Making of the JigSaw Puzzle

For the True Addict

Jigsaw Earings
Jigsaw Earings
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Jigsaw Soap!

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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

I was a jigsaw puzzle addict as a kid! Not so much anymore, but once in a while I like to work on one. Puzzles really can be relaxing. Thanks for sharing!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a lovely hub. I love it but haven't got the time and therefore not the patience.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for dropping by Rose. I think you hit the nail on the head, jigsaws are very relaxing. That is why I like to do them.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hello Hello, hello, thanks for the comment. Maybe you don't need them yet, but they are there for very little money when you do.


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Alexander Mark 6 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

The drawback of 3d puzzles must be that you can't start with the edges anymore - it would be like painting yourself into a corner! Fun hub.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Gypsy Willow- My mother could have written this! She spends hours at the island in her kitchen working puzzles........... they make her happy; they bring her relaxation, and most importantly they give her a sense of accomplishment.

After my father passed away she gave up a lot of the things they did together, but not the puzzles. It's a good addiction!

Thanks for the great Hub!

Kaie


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Alexander Thanks for commenting. I have to admit I do jigsaws for relaxation and I find that the 3D ones are slightly irritating so I leave them to the professionals!

Hello Kaie, they make me happy too! It really is a good addiction. Pity we don't live close by as we could do swop puzzles.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, I used to love doing puzzles, I even tried the round ones, but I am afraid my patience isn't so good these days! but I have still got a couple of big ones sitting in their boxes staring at me day in day out! one of these days I will have another go. Thanks for reminding me of them, and giving me a second incentive!! cheers nell


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Nell, I think the best way to enjoy them is to have a place for them so that they are always "there" waiting for you. I love the peace they bring. Dig one out and have a go. Glad to see you Nell.


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quicksand 6 years ago

The most difficult of all jigsaw puzzles is ... drum-roll please ... yes, you've got it right! It's LIFE!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Quite!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I too love doing jigsaw puzzles and other kinds of puzzles too. However, I haven't been doing them (the jigsaw)lately because I run out of space for them.

I once had a 1000-piece puzzle that I kept on my office table and everybody who came in would always try to put in a piece. It was fun. It took us several weeks to complete.

Thanks for this hub Gypsy!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Jill Thanks for dropping by. They are definitely better if you can leave them out for everyone to have a go but space is often a problem. I love the peace they bring (sorry about the pun!)


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kiran8 6 years ago from Mangalore, India

I have always loved jigsaw puzzles and my children are addicted to them.My son loves to collect them- great hub Gypsy :)


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for dropping by kiran8 and your kind comment. It is a truly harmless addiction.


IĆ°unn 6 years ago

I love them too. Like you I prefer them 1000 piece and fully interlocking. I love them best with only colour variance, like a blue sky over snow. Usually I take them apart and re do years later but I have varnished some (with Elmer's glue). The history of jigsaw puzzles was interesting and something I hadn't thought about before. Good hub. :)


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for dropping by Iounn. I like to be able to redo mine too. I write the date I did them and any pieces missing on the box. Glad I'm not alone in my addiction.


Martin Gogov 5 years ago

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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Sounds like fun Martin, Im in!


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chasemillis 5 years ago

Great Hub!! These jig saw puzzles are addicting! I'll walk by and just get one piece, but it never stops there. Every piece you get is a little confidence booster that keeps you going! I love it!


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Yup! just got to find one more piece. Glad I'm not alone!

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