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I started making a few small puzzles using pictures I’ve taken. They don’t sell very well, but they are sure fun to make! It’s exciting to see my pictures turned into puzzles :)
-- The Sawdust Fairy ~ Making Magic with Wood
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#1 posted 09-10-2012 06:46 PM
Can you tell us how you do this? Where do you get the pictures? How do you glue them on? Do you put any type of protective coating on the picture?
-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school
#2 posted 09-10-2012 07:05 PM
Glad you like! :) I take the pictures with my digital camera. So, they are my own pictures. :) Then I re-size them to 4×6 for this puzzle, but it can be any size. I started to print the pictures off on photo paper. It gives the puzzle the glossy feel. But when gluing the picture to the wood (I use a glue stick for this), the ink smudged. So I print the pictures onto adhesive paper now. You can get it from The Wooden Teddy Bear or Sloan’s Woodshop. Sloan’s is cheaper. :) The adhesive paper sticks really nice. But it doesn’t have the glossy feel as the photo paper. Just peel the backer off the paper and stick it to the 1/8” plywood. You can use a paper cutter to cut down the picture or scissors work, too :) When you start cutting, you can cut the pieces out free-hand, or what I did was take another piece of 1/8” plywood (I get Birch really cheap around here) and put it on top of the piece with the picture on it. Put a puzzle pattern on the top piece of wood. Then, tape the edges. You’ll basically be stacking-cutting the 2 pieces of plywood. A #3 or #5 blade will work best. #3, of course, is smaller, and the pieces will fit together tighter. I used a #5 on my puzzles. Check with Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine for the puzzle pattern. I think that’s where I got it from. :) When done cutting all the pieces out, take the tape off the edges, peel the 2 pieces of plywood apart, and you have your puzzle!
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#3 posted 09-10-2012 07:43 PM
Amazing! I like solving puzzles but I think making them is a lot more fun!
-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"
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#4 posted 09-11-2012 04:41 AM
Nice description of how this was done.I see your a scrolling machine…............
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#5 posted 09-11-2012 10:30 PM
super 77 works real nice too—just spray and lay—I use a rubber roller to squeeze it flat—have not had one come off yet
-- The price of the project can be found in the smiles of those who receive it. Some things are priceless.
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