January 2014 | The Mad Puzzler | A Jigsaw Puzzle Blog

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ravensburger Underwater is done!

Sure, this one is smaller than many of the puzzles that I want to do, but I really like it, and it's so vibrant.  I may take it apart and do it again before I mount it.  I think I'm going to go with the Masterpieces glue.  I tried the SunsOut one, first with the straight-edge applicator provided with the Masterpieces glue, but it left some lines after it dried.  On the second coat, I tried the provided brush, but the brush strokes left by it were worse.  The Masterpieces glue is self-leveling and you can't even tell it's there.

Ravensburger Underwater 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Ravensburger Underwater 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle close-up 1

Ravensburger Underwater 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle close-up 2

Ravensburger Underwater 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle close-up 3

Ravensburger Underwater 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle close-up 4

Ravensburger Underwater 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle close-up 5

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ravensburger Underwater Progress and New 33600 Piece Educa Wildlife Puzzle

I made some good progress on Underwater yesterday with some help from the hubby.  I like this one so much that I think I'll do it again before mounting it.

Ravensburger Underwater 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle

I've been following Educa on Facebook and they just announced a new puzzle.  According to the translation it will be called Wildlife and will be 33,600 pieces (new world's largest puzzle!) at 18.7' x 5.15'.  Wow!  We won't have anywhere to mount it in our current house, although we may have moved by the time I get to it and finish it.  Apparently it will be released in the spring.

Update: There is now a link for it on the Educa website.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Puzzle - Underwater by Ravensburger

I made some decent progress on the Lightning Striking Tree puzzle over the weekend.  The remaining areas will be harder but at least I have them sorted by shade.

Eurographics Lightning Striking Tree 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle

That one is shelved for a while though.  I ordered Ravensburger's Underwater (2000 pieces) to put together for my parents as a housewarming gift, and it came on Sunday.  I spent several hours sorting, and that made it much more manageable then it looked at first.  I made some good progress on it last night.  The colors are really brilliant and the pieces are great quality.  The anti-glare paper is nice as well.

Ravensburger Underwater 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle box

Ravensburger Underwater 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle

Friday, January 24, 2014

Work in Progress and Future Puzzles

It didn't take much browsing to come across the 18000+ piece puzzles, and I already have my sights set on several of them as well as some smaller multi-thousand piece puzzles.  My wish list includes Ravensburger's 5000 piece Beneath the Sea, 9000 piece Underwater Paradise, 18000 piece At the Waterhole, 18000 piece Paradise Sunset, and Educa's 24000 piece Life: The Great Challenge by Royce B. McClure.  I'm aware of the 32000 piece Ravensburger Double Retrospect, but I personally don't like the picture so I don't plan on doing it.

I plan to start with the smaller ones and work my way up to Life, but I'm already really excited and strategizing about sorting, making a giant puzzle roll, and how I'll mount it.  We have cats and keeping them from stealing pieces is hard enough,, but I also want to see if they try to mess with a hanging puzzle that's within reach since larger puzzles will come further down the wall.

Today I started on Lighting Striking Tree by Eurographics.  This one will probably keep me occupied for a while because of the sky. :)

Jigsaw puzzle of a lightning bolt striking a tree

First Post!

Hi everyone, this is my first post.  After a hiatus for a few years, I've gotten back into doing jigsaw puzzles.  So far this month I've done a 750 piece Times Square Panorama and 1000 piece Disney photomosaic both by Buffalo Games, and 1000 piece Monsoon Madness by Majestic Puzzles.  I've also started on Lightnight Striking Tree by Eurographics which I picked up at a local toy shop the other day.

My first time gluing a puzzle was with the Times Square one.  I used Masterpieces glue, which comes with a plastic card-like applicator instead of a brush, which was nice.  I may have used too much as the next morning I found that it had curled up at the edges.  When I was applying it, I thought I hadn't applied enough around the edges originally, so I added more.  In hindsight I guess I should have done 2 thinner coats.  I've ordered SunsOut glue since everyone raves about how nice it is and how it goes on white and dries clear.  It's been sitting with some heavy books on top of it and it's finally almost totally flat.

Times Square jigsaw puzzle by Buffalo Games

The Disney photomosaic was fun to do and it features images from many of my favorite childhood movies, including The Lion King and Aladdin.  The black areas were the hardest, as you can imagine.  I will definitely be gluing this one.


A Disney Photomosaic jigsaw puzzle of Mickey Mouse

A Disney Photomosaic jigsaw puzzle of Mickey Mouse close-up 1

A Disney Photomosaic jigsaw puzzle of Mickey Mouse close-up 2

Monsoon Madness was interesting to do because of the irregularly shaped pieces.  This one has contact paper on the back right now until I decide if I want to glue it.

A jigsaw puzzle of the desert