Assembling picture puzzles can be one of the most fulfilling activities. It provides the same satisfaction as painting, drawing, or taking images. Putting together the pieces of custom puzzles boost your productivity and makes you feel proud of yourself.
Once you are done putting the pieces of your custom puzzles, you must look for a way to memorialise it to ensure that your hard work will last for a long time. One of the best and most brilliant ways to do this is to have the puzzle framed. If you plan to put your finished puzzle in a frame, here are several things that you need to keep in mind.
#1: Consider The Puzzle’s Thickness
Puzzles are usually thicker than stock photos or other printed materials. It means that it tends to exceed the thickness limitations of the framer. You need to ask your framer to provide you with a shadow box frame in cases like this. It must be able to accommodate the depth of a puzzle.
Some puzzle makers create wooden puzzles that are about 1/4 of an inch thick. Others are a little thinner, at least 1/8-inch thick. You may also find cardboard puzzles that are significantly thinner than wooden jigsaw puzzles. So before you ask your local framer to frame your work, you need to see its thickness so you will know if they can accommodate your needs.
#2: Ensure The Puzzle Is Flat
This basic step is very important when framing your custom puzzles. There are times when puzzles have some stray pieces that tend to pop out of their original place. The framer can press it back to its position, but it may cause all the adjacent pieces to rise.
To avoid this stressful situation, you must ensure that the puzzle remains flat all the time. You may use your rolling pin to keep each piece at the same level. It is also best to ensure that everything is smooth before you put glue or adhesives.
#3: Bind The Pieces Together
After making sure that the puzzle is flat, you need to secure each piece by binding them with glue or adhesives. It helps prevent the puzzle from falling apart while inside a frame.
You may use any straight-edged object to spread the adhesive in the cardboard or plywood where you want to put the custom puzzle. A foam brush also helps in applying the binding solution. You only need to ensure that you will not use too many adhesives because it may make the puzzle swell.
#4: Fix Curled Edges
There are times when even the avid puzzlers experience curled edges in their finished projects. It usually happens when you spread too much glue or when the weather is extra humid when you stick the pieces together.
If this incident happens, you do not have to panic to solve it as soon as possible. When the puzzle’s edges start to curl, you need to flip the puzzle over then apply a fresh layer of glue at its back. It must focus on the spaces where the peeling occurred.
This step may take additional time since you need to wait for the glue to dry out. But doing this step will be worth the wait.
Framing the puzzle that you spent several hours assembling can validate your hard work. But it is very crucial to follow all these steps to ensure that you can display your favourite puzzles proudly in any area of your property.