Jigsaw Framing Without Glue
There was a time when the only way to persuade all the pieces of a jigsaw to stay together long enough to frame them was to glue the little darlings! Thankfully, Jigframe has changed all that.
The problem is that once a jigsaw is glued it is no longer a jigsaw. If your intention is to glue a puzzle together then it might make more sense not to cut it up in the first place! Surely the fascination and enchantment of a jigsaw puzzle is that it has hundreds of constituent parts each of which delights in its own independence. To a jigsaw aficionado, gluing a jigsaw is akin to re-touching a Rembrandt masterpiece to match your room décor!
So, by using Jigframe you will ensure that you annoy neither jigsaw enthusiasts nor anyone else who might like to make-up the puzzle after you. But what other benefits does a Jigframe offer? Firstly, it is unashamedly great looking and from the front it is indistinguishable from a quality wooden picture frame. Secondly it is so, so easy to use and you will not have to contend with any of those fiddly little pieces that are so often associated with picture and puzzle framing.
The Fun of a Jigsaw Frame
It is worth remembering that nobody ever admired or enjoyed a jigsaw puzzle that was sitting in its box in the cupboard. After all those hours of diligently assembling a jigsaw, it's nice to let it adorn a wall where you, your family and friends can take pleasure in it. Read on to learn about a few other cool reasons for making and displaying individual jigsaws.
Whenever there is a special occasion in your family (anniversary, birthday, christening, wedding etc.) make up a puzzle to commemorate the event - it can serve as a lasting reminder of the delight of that time. To make it even more special, you might consider turning a photograph of the event into a puzzle with the aid of one of the personalised puzzle services. Tip: do a Google search for 'Photo-puzzle'. Or what about making up a puzzle with the family each Christmas so that you build up a fascinating collection of Christmases past?
If you are about to get married or are newly married why not choose and make-up a jigsaw puzzle together as a lasting reminder of a shared endeavour?
Save your favourite puzzles in their completed state (possibly in our jigsaw storage) and rotate them in your puzzle frame. It's so easy to swap puzzles that you can change them every day to match your mood or the seasons. If you want to really baffle your friends, display a Christmas scene in August and a sunny beach in December!
To see what great value for money jigsaws represent, try comparing the cost of a print with the cost of a puzzle. It might make you wonder why anyone would ever buy a print when they can have the enjoyment and satisfaction of making and hanging puzzles.
The Jigframe Secret
When a puzzle is hanging on the wall you cannot tell but when the Jigframe is taken down it reveals its secret - a hidden drawer. To 'load' the Jigframe with a jigsaw puzzle the drawer is slid out and laid flat on a table. Onto the drawer you place the puzzle and on top of that you put the clear acrylic sheet that comes as part of the Jigframe. Slip the drawer back into the frame and the job is complete. What could be easier?
When unpacking your Jigframe you will find what looks like a rigid cardboard sheet. Take care of this because despite its appearance it is a clear acrylic sheet. You would not be the first person to throw it away because it looked like a superfluous piece of packaging! The acrylic is completely enveloped in paper that prevents it getting scratched in transit. Usually the paper will easily peel off but in cold conditions you will find that it comes away more easily if you warm it up beside a radiator or in the airing cupboard for a few minutes.
By the way, we use acrylic for our frames rather than glass because it is much safer to handle, particularly if you have inquisitive young children looking on!
Within your Jigframe package you will find two white sheets that again look like cardboard - we call these Jigsheets and they actually are cardboard! The purpose of these sheets is to enable you to move your jigsaw from wherever it was built and into the puzzle frame.
If your puzzle has been made on a table then simply slide the whole puzzle off the edge of the table onto one of the Jigsheets and then slide it from the Jigsheet onto the drawer of the frame.
On the other hand, if your puzzle has been built on a Jigboard or some other puzzle accessory that has a raised edge then the edge can create a problem and you will see why we include two Jigsheets with each Jigframe. Follow this procedure:
- Place the first Jigsheet on top of the jigsaw and hold it firmly against the jigsaw while you invert the whole lot
- Remove the Jigboard and you will then have your jigsaw upside down on the Jigsheet
- Put the other Jigsheet on top of the jigsaw and hold it firmly against it while you invert the whole lot again
- Now you will have your jigsaw the right way up on a Jigsheet and from there it will slip easily into the Jigframe
Some jigsaws are made just a little too small to fit into the frame without some of the drawer being visible and for this we have an easy fix known as a 'riser' that comes with every Jigframe. The wooden riser is placed on the drawer at the bottom of the Jigsaw and this prevents the jigsaw slipping down - the riser itself will be hidden by the bottom of the Jigframe. A minute's experimentation will tell you whether or not you need to use the riser.
Sizes and Colours
We have two sizes of Jigframe - one size fits 500 piece puzzles and the other fits 1000 piece puzzles. Each size comes in two different colours. You can click on the pictures near the top of this page to be taken to the individual pages for each of these items.
Sizes are as follows:
Jigframe 500: Jigsaw frame for 500 piece puzzles:
Puzzles as small as 480mm x 340mm and as large as 494mm x 364mm
Jigframe 1000: Jigsaw frame for 1,000 piece puzzles:
Puzzles as small as 675mm x 476mm and as large as 702mm x 510mm
The tables on each of the item pages provide a useful guide as to which manufacturers make puzzles of the 'standard size' to fit Jigframes.