by Donna Brown, Puzzle Queen September 03, 2020
Imagine yourself at a swap meet or thrift store when suddenly you see what you consider to be The Holy Grail of puzzling. What an amazing, fun, and invigorating feeling and you know that you just have to have it. You speedwalk home and go to your puzzling area where this work of art will begin.
With building anticipation, you take it out of the box, flip all of the pieces over, sort, and do all of your puzzle rituals, all the while savoring the time that you have while you assemble your masterpiece.
Time escapes you, as you've made so much progress assembling this masterpiece that you've lost sleep knowing that you are only another hour away from completing this baby. There's no stopping you now.
Suddenly, it hits you.... there are missing pieces to your favorite puzzle! Disappointment, frustration, anger possibly, and just losing faith in completing the puzzle you've longed for half of your life are your current feelings. With a perplexed look, you wonder what is to become of this elusive masterpiece.
Do you take it apart and discard it? Do you toss it into the box haphazardly and never look at it again? Or do you frame the puzzle with the missing pieces showing for all to see?
There are many options for puzzles that have a missing piece or several missing pieces. I'm listing a few suggestions below that should help you complete your puzzle with minimal effort.
This part is critical for success, so please take your time. Some PRO TIPS to help you before you begin.
PRO TIP #1: Printing on photo paper or cardstock will give you a better quality of the image.
PRO TIP #2: It's helpful to print a few copies just in case your scissor skills aren't sharp.
You've weathered the tough parts of the project and now it's time to adhere the image to the cardboard. Using a glue stick to control the amount of glue can be a lifesaver at this point.
Lightly add glue to the cardboard while making sure that the piece is covered completely. It's helpful not to add a large amount of glue but to ensure that all parts of the image have adhered to the cardboard. Using tweezers to adjust the image to where you need it will help in this process. Be quick, as the glue tends to dry fast!
You've completed your first project and can now enjoy your masterpiece. Who knows, you might just become a Puzzle Doctor of sorts for any missing piece puzzles you come across. Local libraries are always searching for volunteers to help with donated puzzles, as they sell them to help with their budget.
There are just a few companies that focus solely on making missing pieces for puzzles but they are very costly, oftentimes more expensive than the original purchase price for just one piece.
Having the knowledge to make your own replacement piece for a puzzle opens up a whole new world of buying puzzles at Thrift Shops.
Donna Brown, Puzzle Queen is the owner of The Missing Piece Puzzle Company and is passionate about making high-quality custom jigsaw puzzles "Made In America FAST".
Her love of the product shows in every puzzle that she makes.
A retired teacher of Special Needs students and a widowed Mom to an amazing son with Autism, life tends to be like a puzzle with each piece an important part of who Donna is.
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