Jigsaw Puzzle Necklace
Necklaces made for sharing
I can't remember a time when I didn't love puzzles! As a kid I was a bit obsessed with them, the more pieces the more fun. Most of my puzzles were hand-me-downs so there was always a piece or two missing (or I lost them), it bothered me then and it still bothers me now, but when I was young I couldn't do much about it as getting new puzzles wasn't all that easy so I had to turn a blind eye to the blank spaces in finished masterpieces - I don't know why but the pieces which were missing were always important - an eye if the puzzle was a portrait, a piece of the castle or the princess.
I still enjoy a puzzle today and I still manage to loose a piece of the puzzle here and there. I had a small duck puzzle for a while now and it is, as you might have guessed, missing a piece. I didn't want to throw it away as I knew I will probably be doing something with it in the future and the time finally came - I made a few puzzle necklaces. They are really easy to make and will be a fun project both for kids and adults.
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Loosing Puzzle Pieces? - I know I do
I have a few puzzles where a piece or two are missing. It's time to do something with them!
Pick out the right pieces
You will have to search for pairs of puzzles which have two tabs on the same side. I am being a smarty pants when I use the word tabs as I had absolutely no ideas what those knobs (and holes) on the puzzles were called (did you?) and I had to search for it online. Just for information - the knobby parts are called tabs and the holes are called blanks.
Let's get down to business
I painted the pieces with a layer of white color as this makes a nice foundation for other colors (so they will be even). Let them dry and color with other colors (or let them white).
Get down to business with permanent markers (Sharpies). You can draw pretty much everything you want.
Let it dry for a while then punch the holes for the chain (or cord) - I used my Dremel 300 Rotary Tool which I use for various projects and the holes were done in seconds. You can also use needles or nails to make the holes (you will need some manpower and time).
The last step is optional but I recommend it. Coat the puzzles with gloss varnish to make them more durable and water resistant.
Dremel Rotary Tool Kit
My partner knew exactly what to get me for my last birthday.
I love, love this tool! It's a bit heavier than my last no-name-brand one but I noticed this makes it easier to handle. It feels very comfortable in the hands, it has a soft grip and it won't be slipping out of your hands. It's very precise and since it has 10 speed levels it's great for pretty much every craft project. I drill holes, cut wood, engrave glass...
Fimo Gloss Varnish
Out of all varnishes I have worked with I like Fimo Gloss the most but it is quite hard to find in stores. I usually get mine from eBay.