jig saw puzzles into pictures on the wall

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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 03-31-2015 01:44 PM 1375 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what we did while waiting for spring to get here. I built cheap frames from cedar and added color to kinda match the pictures. I used Elmer’s white glue cause it dried satin with no glare. I once tied Hodge Podge or some name like that and there was too much reflection coming back at you. After it dries turn the puzzle over and glue cardboard on the back side. Then build a frame. The castle over the fire place is 2000 pieces which took three tables to lay out all the pieces. It was a bugger.
I added large glitter to the top of a white frame to go with the Thomas Kincade picture that don’t have a frame in the picture. She liked it.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 03-31-2015 02:43 PM

I love you frames.
I have been using wood glue on my doll houses floors and once dry sand then wipe stain on and wipe off, it just gets into the sanding marks and gives it an aged look.
Of course be sure to test it first to make sure this is what you’re looking for.
Another nice thing about using glue it dries in minutes so on you go to other things.
I just went back and reread your post.
I was thinking of the frame when I typed this but I would guess it would work on the puzzle also but very light sanding.

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#2 posted 03-31-2015 03:32 PM

I thought you flipped the puzzle over and glued the back?
Anyway, nice job. I always liked displaying puzzles…....especially with the incredible color and photography of modern day puzzles.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 03-31-2015 03:33 PM

The glue on the face of the puzzles holds the pieces together. When dry flip over and glue a piece of cardboard to the back to give the picture strength. The puzzle does not need sanding and the puzzle needs as extra amount of glue on the face of picture. I use a business card to apply glue. If I try to take off excess glue it will make the picture too glossy making the picture hard to see. No sanding is necessary on the picture. White Elmer’s dries satin not shiny. The frame is dye stained then sprayed with lacquer. No sanding required there either. Sorry to have confused you!

-- Jess Littlefield

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