There are many puzzles that are works of art.After completing a puzzle, you may want to preserve it so you can share it with friends.If you want to join all the pieces together, you can spread a clear glue over the front of the puzzle, then glue the back as well.You can even mount your puzzle to a firm surface once the glue is done, so that all the pieces stay in place.
Step 1: You should acquire your materials.
If you want to make sure the glue you use doesn’t cause damage or cloud the surface of your puzzle, you should use a specially intended puzzle glue.It can be purchased at many craft and hobby stores.Puzzle glue Paintbrush (or sponge) Parchment paper or wax paper can be used to glue your puzzle together, but some glues might leave a cloudy finish or not glue at all.
Step 2: Put a piece of paper over your work area.
You will want to work on a level space while you glue your puzzle.Sometimes glue can get between puzzle pieces, causing them to stick to your work surface.You should put a layer of paper between your puzzle and the surface on which you’re working to prevent this.The paper beneath your puzzle should extend several inches beyond its outer edges.You could use wax paper to prevent puzzle pieces from sticking to your work surface if you don’t have parchment paper handy.
Step 3: Place the puzzle on the paper.
If you are able to slide your puzzle over the top of the paper.If this is not possible, you will need to get a thin, stiff piece of card stock to slide underneath your puzzle to transfer it to the paper.Your paper should extend a few inches beyond the outer edges of the puzzle at this point, and you should have a picture side up on top of it.
Step 4: Attach glue to the puzzle.
To ensure an even layer of glue is spread over your puzzle, you should start at the center of it and work your way to its outer edges.Start with a small amount of glue.If needed, you can add more later.Working from the center of the puzzle will help prevent you from using too much glue, which can cause unevenness in the glue.
Step 5: Attach your puzzle with glue.
Use a paintbrush or sponge to spread your glue from the center to the outer corners of the puzzle.To hold the puzzle pieces together, you should only need a thin layer of glue.If you add too much glue to your puzzle, it can cause the pieces to Curl when the glue is dried.If you want to distribute your glue over the surface of your puzzle, you can use a plastic glue spreader.If your puzzle glue doesn’t come with a spreader, you may be able to use a plastic spatula to distribute the glue more quickly.It can be difficult to remove dried glue from a spatula.
Step 6: Glue should be removed from the puzzle.
When you reach the edges of the puzzle, you’ll find some glue.You can push it off the edges with a paintbrush, sponge, or plastic spreader.If you scoop up extra glue by wiping it on a piece of paper towel, you can remove it from a plastic spreader.
Step 7: Let the glue dry.
This can take a few hours or an entire night to dry, depending on the brand of glue you buy.It’s best to be cautious when waiting for the puzzle to dry.If you move your puzzle too soon, it can cause wet glue to form on the puzzle pieces.The amount of time your glue needs to dry should be determined by the instructions on the label.
Step 8: You should flip your puzzle.
The glue on the front of the puzzle will allow you to pick it up by hand and turn it so the cardboard side is facing up.Sometimes larger puzzles are more unstable.In this case, you might want to use a piece of cardboard or stiff card stock under the puzzle to provide stability.The spaces between the puzzle pieces can be filled with glue.Remove the wax paper from the puzzle before flipping it.If you want to break the bond between the puzzle and the paper, you need to use a plastic edge.When doing this, use firm but gentle pressure.After you flip your puzzle, you need to reinsert the paper beneath it to prevent glue from sticking to your work surface.
Step 9: Glue the puzzle together.
Use a paint brush or sponge to spread a thin layer of glue toward the edges of the puzzle.You should aim for a thin, even coat of glue if you want to glue the front of your puzzle.To ensure a thin, even coating over the pieces, you should add glue to the puzzle a little bit at a time.
Step 10: Excess glue can be pushed off the edges of the puzzle.
Extra glue will be left over once you reach the outer edges of your puzzle.The glue should be pushed off the edges of the puzzle and onto the paper with a paintbrush or sponge.
Step 11: The glue should be allowed to fully dry.
Your puzzle should be firmly connected once the glue on the back of it is dry.If you want to display your puzzle on a flat surface, this will be stable enough that you won’t have to worry about framing or mounting it.Even more stability to puzzles you plan to hang can be provided by framing or mounting.
Step 12: Hang a puzzle that isn’t mounting.
The glue of the puzzle will degrade over time.This can cause pieces to come loose.If you want your puzzle to stay in one piece, you should mount or frame it.
Step 13: It’s important to move your puzzle with care.
You can get a folder from two pieces of corrugated cardboard at any picture frame shop.To make a folder, Tape the pieces together.A piece of corrugated cardboard is needed for stability.The puzzle can be moved with a folder.The glue can crack if the puzzle is bent.This won’t happen if a rigid backing is used.
Step 14: If you don’t want to put your puzzle in a frame, use a simple cardboard mount.
You can make an effective mount with a piece of plain cardboard larger than your puzzle.Simply apply a moderate amount of puzzle glue to the back of the puzzle.Put the puzzle on the cardboard.The glue should be allowed to dry.You can cut the excess cardboard from your puzzle with a utility knife.You can cut around the border of the puzzle with your utility knife.
Step 15: If you are going to frame your puzzle, go with a more elaborate mount.
Pick the frame before mounting.The back of puzzles often have a foam board attached.The foam board has more flexibility than other kinds of mounting material.This will make it easier to put the puzzle in the frame.You can mount your puzzle on foam board.These are often found at hobby stores.The service representative of your local hobby/craft store or picture framing store should be able to offer advice if you are unsure about the thickness of the foam board.
Step 16: If it’s necessary, adjust your puzzle size.
If you find a picture frame that isn’t the same size as your puzzle, you’ll need to cut it down with a knife.Start the cut by scoring the top layer of the puzzle.You can cut through the puzzle by drawing the knife in the same line several times.If the puzzle is too small, you can choose a backing board that will fit the frame and center it.If you want the frame to fit exactly, you will need to build a frame or find a picture framing shop.
Step 17: You can frame the puzzle.
A frame can give the appearance of a work of art.Measure your puzzle dimensions and purchase a frame that will fit it.If you want to showcase your puzzle, seal the back of the frame.Most frames come with catches or tabs at the back that can be used to hold the puzzle in place or to sandwich it between the glass of the frame and a piece of cardboard.If you want to save money, you may be able to find a cheap frame at a secondhand store and re-purpose it for your puzzle.After you have chosen the frame, you need to mount the puzzle so that the backing board is the right size to fit it.A picture framing store can cut a frame to the exact size you need.