Puzzle Curing

Making puzzles can be a lot of fun.  I know that it’s a great way to do an activity that engages a group or a family.  The thought of putting together a puzzle of more than a thousand pieces can seem like quite an accomplishment.

I have recently had a few customers bring in a puzzle to the store to have them custom framed.  The puzzles were obviously very large and made of more than a thousand or two pieces.

The only problem was that they were not sure how to frame them or what the approach to the puzzle should be if they were to frame them.

If you have a puzzle that you would like to frame the first step is to cure it with an adhesive so that the puzzle will stay all in one piece.  For this you will need a glue of some kind.  I would recommend Mod Podge since it acts as an adhesive and a sealer.  You can also choose between the type of finish that you want, either glossy or matte.  A paint brush or a sponge brush.  These can be found at any art supply store.

Sponge brushes are very inexpensive, they range in price from .99 cents to 1.99 retail depending on the size.  For the best price, I might purchase a few from a major hardware store like the Home Depot or Lowes.

Be sure to use a piece of carboard, or masonite as the surface that you will glue on.  The last thing you will want is glue on your table.  You will also need a glass jar for water to clean your brush of the glue once you have finished.

Getting Started

This process is very easy, once you have your work area set up.  Take your sponge brush and dip into the glue and begin to brush it over the surface of the puzzle.  Using gentle strokes, cover the entire surface.  Be sure that you have enough glue on the brush to cover every crevace.  Clean your brush and allow the glue to dry for a few hours.

Once the glue is dry, repeat the steps all over again.  You are going to apply at least three layers of glue to make sure that the pieces stay together.

When the glue is completely dry the puzzle is ready for framing.  Puzzles can be framed in the traditional way with a mat and glass.  Should you decide that you only want to frame the puzzle without matting, be sure to ask for spacers so that the puzzle, when framed, will not be touching the glass.

Framed puzzles look amazing I hope some of you will get inspired to get one framed!  Have fun with it!!  Come check out some cool art at www.luciaperez.info

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