Jigsaw Puzzles are for all ages

This Jigsaw Puzzle is titled Diana and is made from the artwork of 'Josephine Wall'
This Jigsaw Puzzle is titled Diana and is made from the artwork of 'Josephine Wall' | Source
A jigsaw puzzle titled "Presence of Gaia" from the art work created by Josephine Wall
A jigsaw puzzle titled "Presence of Gaia" from the art work created by Josephine Wall | Source

Jigsaw Puzzles are for everyone !

Jigsaw puzzles have always held a fascination and sometimes a challenge for me! To this very day I love my Jigsaw Puzzles.


As a child I loved doing puzzles. When asked by my parents, Aunties, Uncles etc what I would like as a gift for Christmas, Birthday, Easter my first choice was always a Jig Saw Puzzle, It did not matter what the picture was, just as long as it was a puzzle.

My choice of scene has changed over the years, but not my love of doing puzzle,s


Christmas Eve, (which is our Summer here in Australia) after everything was organized and ready for Christmas Day my JigSaw Puzzle would come out. I would set it up on a sturdy wooden board... Select all the outside border pieces, keep them separate from the rest, then I was on my 'way' !!!

I would do anywhere between 6 to 10 puzzles, one after the other, sometimes it would take 2 or 3 weeks to complete one, there was really no hurry.

I might give them a rest for a couple of months, then start over again on a new collection of Jigsaw Puzzles.

Jigsaw Puzzles - my method

There is a sort of method I use when I select and start a Jigsaw Puzzle here it is in steps:

When selecting a Jigsaw Puzzle always purchase one of good quality, there is nothing I hate worse than trying to assemble a puzzle when the colors are not 'true' or the 'board' used in manufacturing the Jigsaw Puzzle is weak and bends.

If space is going to a problem. Before starting the puzzle make sure you have a non-bending board slightly larger than the overall size of the puzzle that you can start the puzzle and when not working on the puzzle the board can be slid under a sofa or a bed safely out of the way. There is nothing more likely to upset you than someone 'accidently' knocking over a half finished puzzle.

I have two options:

  • The preferred option is a piece of Craftwood 3mm thick and with a border of about 50-75 mm around the outside when the Jigsaw Puzzle is completed. These boards cost me about $3.50 in a large hardware store.
  • The other option is a roll-up mat that when folded keeps the part assemble pieces together (in theory anyway) I find that these mats tend to bend the pieces.

As I have said above, when I get down to assembling the Jigsaw Puzzle I firstly pick out all of the straight edges, especially the corners and put them aside !

I have heard that in an effort to make puzzles harder they are placing 'straight' edges inside the puzzle just to give that higher degree of challenge.

While I am selecting the straights and corners I will be sorting out the different colors according to the drawing/ photographer on the box cover.

A very important step is to ensure that the ambient light is very good and preferrably a daylight color so as not to change the color spectrum.

I then settle down to many hours of enjoyment, away from all the worlds worries lol

This beautiful Jigsaw Puzzle titled 'Snow Flake' was created by Josephine Wall
This beautiful Jigsaw Puzzle titled 'Snow Flake' was created by Josephine Wall | Source
Jigsaw puzzle titled 'Stepping Out' painted by water color artist Tracy Hall :)
Jigsaw puzzle titled 'Stepping Out' painted by water color artist Tracy Hall :) | Source
A jigsaw puzzle depicting a painting called "Town of Twilight" created by artist Kazuyoshi Teramoto
A jigsaw puzzle depicting a painting called "Town of Twilight" created by artist Kazuyoshi Teramoto | Source

Favorite Artists.

There are so many great Artists around and we all have different tastes in Art. These are my personal choices in no particular order.

  • Anne Geddes.
  • Ken Duncan.
  • Josephine Hall.
  • Kevin Walsh.
  • Tracy Hall.
  • Henry John Yeend King.
  • T.C. Chiu.
  • Ron and Jean Henry
  • I'm sure that there are others! If you have your own favorite, please let me know via the 'comment' section and I will check them out, you never know I might discover another 'favorite'

'Lakefront Home' a jigsaw puzzle from a collection by renowned artist C.T.Chiu
'Lakefront Home' a jigsaw puzzle from a collection by renowned artist C.T.Chiu | Source

Later in life.

Later in life I find that doing Jigsaw Puzzles keep my brain a little more active, they also give me some time out, and a lot of great ideas for when I am doing Mosaics, Tapestry or even Patchwork.. You can get some really beautiful puzzle designs by some great Artists which integrate really well with Mosaic, Tapestry and Patchwork designs.It just takes a little imagination and working out which goes better with what.

Titled 'Pastime Pleasures',  this jigsaw Puzzle is still one of my favorites :-) Copyright Oliversmum
Titled 'Pastime Pleasures', this jigsaw Puzzle is still one of my favorites :-) Copyright Oliversmum | Source
Titled 'Enchanted' and the artist is Jean Henry !  All of Jean Henry's fairies are beautiful :-) copyright oliversmum
Titled 'Enchanted' and the artist is Jean Henry ! All of Jean Henry's fairies are beautiful :-) copyright oliversmum | Source

Jigsaw Puzzles - fast 'facts'

Some interesting 'facts' about Jigsaw Puzzles:

  • According to some research solving Jigsaw Puzzles can exercise the brain and reduce the likelyhood on developing Alzheimers Disease.
  • Guinness World Records have the largest commercially available Jigsaw puzzle listed as one made by a German Company called Ravensburger and is made up of 32,256 pieces.
  • The first Jigsaw Puzzle was reportedly devised from a 'map', to be used as an aid for learning Geography, way back in 1760.


Preserving your JigSaw Puzzle

You can preserve your finished Jigsaw Puzzle with a Jigsaw Puzzle Fixative of your choice, then frame the puzzle, cover it with non glare glass to protect it from dust, then hang it on the wall. They look great!

I'm always looking for better products to use. If you have a product that you use and would recommend please let me know in the 'comment' section below :)

Oliver loves these pieces

On a couple of occasions my Puzzles had a slight alteration to the design :):).

The reason being I had dropped a couple of pieces on the floor and not found them until later, "slightly chewed", that was a " you are a naughty boy Oliver" moment :) :)

I guess he liked the smell of the glue and obviously the taste of it? After a tiny 'hissy fit' (by me) we had a serious discussion and 'eyeball to eyeball' came to an 'understanding' :)

"He would not chew any more of my puzzle pieces".

The making of 3D Jigsaw Puzzles

Passion for Jigsaw Puzzles passed on !

The passion for building Jigsaw Puzzles seems to have passed on to my youngest son.
He and his partner love doing the 3D type jigsaw puzzles, which I am not good at, all of the colors seem to change between hand and board, which I find more than a little frustrating.
They in turn have past the passion on to their children (my grandchildren). Starting them off with the small 20 piece children's jigsaw puzzles, they have now graduated to the 500 piece puzzles, they also love it.
I personally believe it stimulates their brain, teaches them coordination, shapes and sizes,colors,plus patience, which in my mind is a good thing to happen !

Happy JigSaw Puzzling

So if you like building things? watching them grow? and come to life? this just might be a Hobby that you like and can enjoy :)
Happy JigSaw Puzzling :) :)

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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

I haven't attempted a jigsaw puzzle in ages, but I can understand the pleasure you might get out of fitting that final piece in the picture. So satisfying...especially if it's a lovely cat picture! :)


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia Author

Feline Prophet Hi. That's a shame.especially if you like doing Jigsaw Puzzles.

Maybe down the track, you may get time to try one again.

Yes that last piece is an "I did it" and it looks great kind of feeling.

I have a confession, when choosing which puzzles to put up, your Avatar and name popped into my mind, also all the cat pictures that you put up on Facebook. I love them. Hope that wasn't being to presumptuous.

We are so happy that you liked these particular cat puzzles.

Thank you for your lovely comment. It is always so nice to hear from you. Cheers Oliversmum and Agvulpes. :):)


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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

So wonderful to hear I'm on your mind! I didn't know you could see my cat pictures on Facebook too! :)


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia Author

Feline Prophet. Hi. Thanks.:) Yes I do have access.? Your pictures of cats,the different poses and antics always put a smile on my face. :):).


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi oliversmum, I love doing jigsaw puzzles, I have one on the go at the moment and it's pretty challenging!

I find them so relaxing to do - my grandchildren love doing them too!

Thank you, voted up and best wishes Lesley


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia Author

Movie Master Hi. It's great to talk to another person who loves Jigsaw Puzzles.

Some puzzles can be a challenge, but always fun and very relaxing. My Granddaughter also loves puzzles,which is great.

What puzzle are you working on at this time.

I have about 100 pieces to go and the one at the top of my hub will be finished.

Have just bought 4 more, so am looking forward to starting them.

Thank you so much for dropping by' also for your your lovely comment and votes. :):) Oliversmum


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I had so many boxes of puzzles when we moved to a smaller bungalow, I hadn't the space for them, so I sold them - big mistake, I really miss them!

I brought two at a 'boot sale' a couple of weeks ago, one is called the Doctors waiting room and the other it the Great British summer holiday.

The hardest puzzle I ever did was of Winnie the Pooh, there was no way I could break it up, so I framed it!

All the best, Lesley


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I used to love solving jigsaw puzzles when I was a child, but I haven't tried one for a long time. This hub brought back some good memories! I've never though about framing the finished product - that's a great idea.


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia Author

Movie Master Hi. The decisions that you have to make when downsizing are not easy,but unfortunately some things have to go.

It sounds like you have bought a couple of nice Puzzles. I have not heard of those particular titles, but will be keeping my eye open for them.

I have not done any Winnie the Pooh puzzles as yet. Can understand why you would not want to dismantle a Puzzle,especially when they are that big a challenge, and they do look wonderful, when framed.

Thank you for visiting again. It is very much appreciated.

Good luck with the Olympics. We will be watching it on Television. It should be really special and so exciting for all Athletes and Countries alike. :):)


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia Author

AliciaC Hi. If you loved doing Jigsaw Puzzles as a child, maybe down the track, you would like to try one again.

Depending on the picture that you choose,they can be challenging, but most of all fun and satisfying.

I am happy that this hub brought back some nice memories for you.

If you particularly like the picture and artist of the Jigsaw Puzzle that you decide to do, they are well worth using a fixative,framing them and hanging them on the wall. It's like having your own special Art work,for all to see.

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. :):)


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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia

G'day oliversmum :-) I envy you, with your patience to sit down and do these jigsaw puzzles :-)

Many times I have tried doing them but very quickly run out of patience and concentration.

All of the pieces seem to become the same shape and the same color.

I am looking forward to seeing your current jigsaw puzzle WIP turn into a 'Work of Art'

:-)


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia Author

Agvulpes Hi there. I do have a lot of patience when doing my puzzles,It never ceases to amaze me ?

You are not the "go to puzzle man" but are pretty good at most other things :)

Sometimes there seems to be 20 shades of the one color, which can be frustrating,but it is still fun.

The one that I am working on now, is cute and would look very nice framed and hanging on the wall.

Your comments and encouragement are always very much appreciated. Thanks for that. :):)


Dan 4 years ago

Jigsaw puzzles are great fun! there are some great free online ones listed here: http://www.wonderfulsoul.com/FunStuff.aspx


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oliversmum 4 years ago from australia Author

missingpiecepuz Hi. Yes they are fun, with a sense of achievement.

Will check out your link,it sounds very interesting.

Thank you for your comment.:):)

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