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Jigsaw Puzzle Types – 18 Aug 2021

Hi there puzzlers, Sarah from Jigthings here. Photo of Blogger Sarah

When deciding on your next jigsaw puzzle, perhaps have a change from your usual choice. There are a puzzling number of options available (see what I did there?!).

Let’s take a look at what’s available.

Cardboard Jigsaws – New

These constitute the majority of the current jigsaw market. You’ll find this type of puzzle in most shops. With a plethora of sizes, shapes and images, manufacturers and retailers deserve to be complimented on their ability to provide excellent entertainment value.

The jigsaw below is one such example. It’s a 500-piece puzzle and is available at just £5.00 – great value.

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Cardboard Jigsaws – Old

Jigsaw puzzles made from cardboard started appearing in the 1930s but these were of low quality. Waddingtons perfected the dye cutting processes in the 1950s and, along with Tower Press, they dominated the market for the next 40 years. You can trust the quality of any puzzle with the Waddington or Tower Press name. However, if you’re buying from a car boot sale what isn’t guaranteed is that the number of pieces inside match the number on the box!

Wooden Jigsaws

The laser cutter speeded up the production process of jigsaws. This meant that top quality wooden puzzles could be made without the need for hours of work by skilled craftsmen. Saying that the machinery required costs anything up to £100,000!

The market for wooden jigsaws cut in the traditional manner is still very much buoyant and numerous skilled cutters are doing well. True jigsaw aficionados always say that puzzles cut by hand fit a bit more snugly together than laser cut ones. There is also the added charm in the knowledge that each puzzle is truly unique – which is greatly appealing to some people.

Here is an example of a wooden puzzle. It’s 191 pieces and compared to cardboard puzzles, it’s pricey at £42.99. However, this is fairly average for a wooden jigsaw.

Jigsaw Puzzle of Marina Creatures The Marina Planet

As you can see from the image below, The Marina Planet is made up of many little whimsies. The whimsies are in the shapes of marina creatures from starfish to hammerhead sharks – delightful!

Jigsaw Pieces of The Marina Planet

Until next time puzzlers…

Jigsaw Puzzle Choices – 9 Aug 2021

Hi there puzzlers, Sarah from Jigthings here. Photo of Blogger Sarah

When choosing a jigsaw puzzle, there are a number of factors to consider. These include cost and difficulty.

Prices vary widely from anything under a pound (such as you might find at a local jumble sale or car boot) to thousands of pounds. The higher end tend to be bespoke wooden jigsaws.

This stunning jigsaw is a Wentworth wooden puzzle and the 1,000-piece version would set you back £105.

Jigsaw Puzzle of PuffinsPuffins on Farne Island

According to the Guinness World Records, the most expensive jigsaw puzzle was over £14,589! This was at a charitable art auction.

Of course, the level of difficulty is an important consideration to make. The more pieces, the longer it will take.

Suggestions for different age groups are as follows:

  • 18 months to 2 years old: Less than 15 pieces
  • 2 to 3 years old: 15 to 30 pieces
  • 4 to 5 years old: 30 to 80 pieces
  • 6 to 12 years old: 80 to 1,000 pieces

Big Dinosaurs is a 50-piece puzzle with a recommended age of 4-plus.

Dinosaurs Jigsaw PuzzleOrchard Toys

For adults, especially those who love puzzling, it’s all about enthusiasm.  From traditional 1,500-piece puzzles to 3-D puzzles to the maddeningly infuriating Wasgij range, there’s something to delight everyone.

Jigsaw Puzzle of BingoBingo Blunder

The image itself is also part of the difficulty, Imagine doing a jigsaw all in the same one colour – pretty much impossible and not very exciting in my opinion! I’ll talk more about the subject matter in another blog – look out for it.

Top Reviewed Puzzles on Amazon

Hi Welcome to the Jigthings Top Reviewed Puzzles on Amazon. I am not sure about you but when I like to buy something from the net, I really like to read the reviews first, so this week we look at some of the best reviewed puzzles out there. Take a look – there may be one that you have made before and would like to leave your own review.

CaptureLast month a museum in Rochester New York acquired the world’s largest collection of jigsaw puzzles. There are 7,000 puzzles and they all belonged to Anne Williams. You can read about the collection by clicking the link below.

http://www.giftsanddec.com/article/489193-strong-acquires-worlds-largest-collection-jigsaw-puzzles

Enjoy this weeks blog.

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Large Format Puzzles

Hi All
Welcome to the blog and there is news that a Jigsaw puzzle record has been broken!

Record Breaker

A grade 11 girl from America has broken the world record for solving a 250 piece puzzle in 13 minutes and 7 seconds, which comes to an average of 18 pieces per minute.

The puzzle was an oval shaped puzzle and has no picture to look at; have a read of the article on the link below

http://www.asianage.com/newsmakers/teen-sets-jigsaw-world-record-493


Star Spangled
A lovely family-scened Jigsaw Puzzle.
Size: 27 x 20 inches
Number of Pieces: 500
Artist: Ravensburger
Buy puzzle on Amazon UK
Buy puzzle on Amazon US

Jigthings products that fit this puzzle:
Jigboard 1000
Jigsort 1000


Sunlit Shore
A 300 piece large jigsaw puzzle
Size: 27 x 20 inches
Number of Pieces: 300
Artist: Ravensburger
Buy puzzle on Amazon US
Buy puzzle on Amazon UK
Jigthings products that fit this puzzle:
Jigboard 1000
Jigsort 1000


Cat`s got Mail
Superb cats Jigsaw
Size: 27 x 20 inches
Number of Pieces: 1000
Artist: Ravensburger
Buy puzzle on Amazon UK
Buy puzzle on Amazon US
Jigthings products that fit this puzzle:
Jigboard 1000
Jigsort 1000


Autumn Innocence
An awesome view of a deer with her foal set in the woods
Size: 21.25 x 15 inches
Number of Pieces: 300
Artist: Buffalo
Buy puzzle on Amazon US
Jigthings products that fit this puzzle:
Jigboard 1000
Jigsort 1000


Contentment
A beautiful Nicky Boehme Puzzle
Size: 35 x 27 inches
Number of Pieces: 1000
Artist: Sunsout
Buy puzzle on Amazon UK
Buy puzzle on Amazon US
Jigthings products that fit this puzzle:
Jigboard 1000
Jigsort 1000


Vegas
My favourite holiday place to date!
Size: 27 x 20 inches
Number of Pieces: 300
Artist: Ravensburger
Buy puzzle on Amazon UK
Buy puzzle on Amazon US
Jigthings products that fit this puzzle:
Jigboard 1000
Jigsort 1000


Chocolate Overload
Truly scrumptious image
Size: 27 x 20 inches
Number of Pieces: 300
Artist: Ravensburger
Buy puzzle on Amazon UK
Buy puzzle on Amazon US

Jigboard 1000
Jigsort 1000


Austria
Stunning views of an Austrian town
Size: 21.25 x 15 inches
Number of Pieces: 300
Artist: Buffalo
Buy Puzzle on Amazon UK
Buy Puzzle on Amazon US
Jigthings products that fit this puzzle:
Jigboard 1000
Jigsort 1000


Friends Forever
Extra big EZ-Grip pieces, one of the Playful Paws range of puzzles
Size: 24 x 18 inches
Number of Pieces: 300
Artist: Masterpieces
Buy puzzle on Amazon US
Buy Puzzle on Amazon UK
Jigthings products that fit this puzzle:
Jigboard 1000
Jigsort 1000

 


Crescent moon Bay
Extra Big EZ-Grip Pieces
Size: 21.25 x 15 Inces
Number of Pieces: 300
Artist: Buffalo Games
Buy puzzle on Amazon USA
Jigthings products that fit this puzzle:
Jigboard 1000
Jigsort 1000

 

 

If you have read the blog and large jigsaw pieces is not your bag, then take a look at the video below of the range of World’s Smallest Jigsaw Puzzles (I am not sure if that is factually correct). They are 234 pieces and measure 6 x 4 inches. You too could be the “Puzzle Champion of the World”!

Happy Jigging!
Pete

Shaped Jigsaw Puzzles

There is an interesting article this week at http://guardianlv.com/2013/12/puzzles-may-offer-a-clue-to-understanding-autism/ that suggests puzzles may help us to understand autism a little better.  It’s well worth a read. Today we are featuring some of our favourite “Shaped” puzzles. Jigsaws don’t have to be square or rectangular and you will see from the puzzles below that there is an enormous range of intriguing shapes to choose from.  As usual we have given links to the pages where they can be purchased on Amazon.


Japanese Garden
A gorgeous one-off shape from American SunsOut company, perfect Japanese garden
Size: 39 x 22 inches
Number of Pieces: 900
Artist: Sunsout
Buy on Amazon US
Buy on Amazon UK
Jigthings products that fit this puzzle:
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