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20 Dec 2021

Nothing is more satisfying than finishing an arduous jigsaw puzzle and many love finding order in the initial chaos presented before them. Jigsaws are wonderful gifts as they can be sociable and relaxing, and also satisfying. Some people are naturally skilled at putting together jigsaw puzzle table and others might have trouble - especially if you're dealing with more than 500 pieces. Jigsaws are typically something are only played at during family occasions, meaning when Christmas comes around, we're not exactly rusty and not the best. These five tricks will help you if you're a puzzler and are looking to enhance your abilities to impress the family.

Separate colours

After emptying the the box onto a surface (which must be flat enough to fit the puzzle) then flip the pieces over and begin sorting. Choose all the edges pieces and set them aside, then arrange the rest into colour groups - for instance, grass, water, parts of animals/buildings etc. Look at the picture of the box and note any distinctive characteristics, such as the plane or post box. While you solve the puzzle, take note of patterns and lines.

If the puzzle you are working on has many pieces of the same shade, keep an eye out for shadows and changes of shade. This could indicate a difference in the pieces that are on either the left or right side of the puzzles for adults that can limit your options.

Separate shapes

Jigsaw pieces are usually available in six different shapes, varying from blanks with no tabs to four tabs and blanks. Therefore, you should also sort the puzzle by shape. Certain jigsaws have only square pieces, while others will be a mixture of shapes, however they are all joined by tabs and blanks. Although this may seem tedious when you just want to start however it could make it easier to follow the subsequent steps.

Begin at the edge

Many say that framing the puzzle - which is. taking the entire edge of the puzzle - is the most effective method of starting. This creates a distinct space that you can create within as you build. Certain edges are difficult to join, particularly when there are a lot of pieces of the same colour. Don't worry when you are unable to connect all the edges at this stage. It will become apparent when you get to the next stage.

Locating the four corner pieces can be the best method to begin if you're struggling. The pieces can be used to start working on the edges piece by piece.

Assemble the jigsaw

Once you have made a start on the edge of the puzzle, it is now time to look at the rest of it. Make sure that you are able to put all the pieces in the same direction so that you can clearly see each piece. Make use of the lid of the box, or a tray to hold all pieces securely in one place; this will also allow you to easily 'stir through them to locate the piece you want. Start by focusing on one thing within your image. It is possible to use the sorting piles you made in Step 1 to help in this process. The puzzle will soon start to grow and it is time to start connecting vertically and across the edges.

Specific issues

It is possible that you encounter specific issues when you near completion of the puzzle and you could be unable to locate one piece. Sorting the pieces in a certain shapes will aid in this, as for every tab, there is a corresponding blank to be able to fit. Sort them into no holes one hole, one hole, two hole three hole, and four hole pieces. then work through them in a logical sequence until you find the one that fits.


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