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« on: October 11, 2009 12:50:10 PM »

I thought I'd share some ideas for altering a jigsaw. One way of doing it anyway, there are many techniques from painting to paper, stamping, printing, fabrics...

This one is a wooden jigsaw, but the same process can be used for the cardboard ones. You just have to be a bit more gentle with them. You can possibly start a cardboard jigsaw at stage 4 since most of them aren't as shiny. It depends on the jigsaw though.

This is what I ended up with...


And this is the process, I hope it's helpful! Smiley

1. Buy a jigsaw! As I said, this is a wooden one and it sits in a frame.


2. Rough it up a bit with sandpaper so the paint adheres properly.


3. Wipe the 'dust' off it so it's clean. Better than proper dusting! Wink


4. Paint a thin layer of acrylic paint carefully on the surface.


5. Then another thin layer.


6. Make sure you wipe up the paint on the edges so it fits together properly.


7. Add a little 'olive green'


8. Some 'phthalo green'


9. And a little 'sap green'. Can you tell I really like greens? Cheesy


10. 'winsor blue'. Blues are cool too! Grin It's good to vary the paint on the pieces to create some differences in the pieces.


11. and 'cadmium yellow'...for a bit of variety!


12.Paint the frame using the same palette. I also cut paper to size to fit into the base. I did this by drawing around the jigsaw. I inked the edges with black ink just by running the paper though it.


13. Don't forget to paint the edges!


14. All painted up.


15. Add doodly details with marker and ink pen. Make sure it will dry properly on the acrylic paint. You might want to do a test first.


16. Drag out some of your paper stash and root through it for useful little bits. Preferably pick a weekend when your bloke is away so you can make as much mess as you like Grin Resist the urge to get it all out and throw it around the room just for the hell of it. Mmm paper...


17. Pick out potential papers. Wow, say that twice fast! Cheesy


18. Start trimming the papers into shapes/pictures you might want to use on your pieces.


19. Arrange the papers on the jigsaw pieces as they fit, and then glue them down when you're happy with the layout.


20. Add buttons and whatnot as you like on top, depending on how flat/raised you want it, doodle on/around the papers with the black pens, and you're done!


I hope that's useful! Let me know if you have any questions!
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2009 12:58:46 PM »

I love this, phizzy! It's beautiful!
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2009 01:15:51 PM »

Great tutorial! My dollar store sells ready-to-paint wooden jigsaw puzzles (usually with some random juvenile image outlined on it).  I will have to pick some up to try this.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2009 01:23:22 PM »

Thanks! A plain wooden jigsaw would be perfect!

I bought this for 0.75 to see how it worked. I'm going to go back and buy up the rest! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2009 01:34:42 PM »

Great tutorial, phizz. Thanks for posting it.

Is "doodly details" a technical term?  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2009 04:07:29 PM »

That is beautiful Smiley Thanks for all the detailed instructions.  I'm going to try this if I can ever manage to set my crochet hook down. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2009 04:13:30 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2009 04:50:53 PM »

Great Tutorial Thank you so much for sharing
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2009 05:02:44 PM »

great tute..I love your photos..thanks for sharing..you an collaging get along VERY well..awesome work Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2009 08:31:52 PM »

Awesome tute! I think this may be a project to do with my nephew...combines two of his greatest loves, crafting and puzzles!
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2009 12:57:35 AM »

Is "doodly details" a technical term?  Cheesy
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Thanks all! Grin I'd love to see it if you make it, MareMare. I think it would make a great kids project!
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2009 11:10:09 AM »

Just seeing your paper stash gives me hope that I'm on the right track, that it's not just junk or trash....

I'm going to be working on my "doodly details"...
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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2009 02:55:13 PM »

You are amazing and that is gorgeous!  Thanks for sharing your method!
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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2009 03:07:27 PM »

What an awesome tute!  I can't wait to try it!

PS - I'm super jealous of your paper stash  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2009 03:28:32 PM »

That is just awesome looking. Hmmm, I might have to get dh to get the kiddos old wooden puzzles out of storage, LOL.
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« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2009 04:19:32 PM »

Should I admit that that's not even half of it? Cheesy
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This is absolutely wonderful!  Thank you for the step-by-step instructions!
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« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2009 04:10:43 AM »

Thanks for the tute! If you kept the embellishments flat than you could alter them on both sides. Sticking to a color theme for each side would avoid confusion.
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« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2009 04:40:06 AM »

Thanks!

A double sided one would be really cool! I might have to try that. I like the 2 colour sides idea. Sticking to the same colour scheme would be such a challenge though, I might make one to challenge/annoy my bloke Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2009 07:09:43 AM »

I want to roll around in all that paper and giggle like a ninny? That's normal right?
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« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2009 10:11:25 AM »

Perfectly! In fact I think it'd be weird not to Wink
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« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2009 10:39:23 AM »

i love love love this i am going to make one of my own i also love blue and green!!
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« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2009 09:22:32 AM »

that's so cool!! i love it...i wish i was good enough at drawing & the like to attempt this!
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« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2009 08:01:02 PM »

This is a great idea! I love the legs!! Grin
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« Reply #25 on: October 24, 2009 05:33:31 PM »

This is beautiful!  I'm going to have to get myself some puzzles!  Thank you for the inspiration.
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« Reply #26 on: October 25, 2009 08:40:17 AM »

awesome!  i've always wondered how one creates these neat scrap looks!
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Thanks, glad to be of help! Grin
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« Reply #28 on: October 31, 2009 12:18:10 AM »

 I knew there was something I forgot to buy at the dollar store today!!!
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« Reply #29 on: November 05, 2009 09:22:39 AM »

Now I can see how you did it.  Great tutorial, very clear. Looking out for jigsaw puzzles.   How about altering those in children's books.  Saw some today in charity shop.  May try and bring one back for you - Know you can do something with that.  May make a nice gift.  However, this would be card.

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« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2009 12:02:56 PM »

Gosh Phizzy, this is such a cute idea Cheesy
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I just can't seem to manage to paint like that, and I don't know why!

Also, do you use watercolor pencils (in your journal for instance) Smiley?
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Thanks! Yep, I always use watercolour pencils Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2010 11:29:10 AM »

Thanks for a great tutorial. I can't wait to try this. (Memo to self - look for wooden jigsaws now, not 1000 piece ones to do.)  Grin
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You're welcome! I hope you find one! Smiley
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Bought a VERY cheap one today. Can't wait to play with it Cheesy
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« Reply #37 on: April 28, 2010 08:12:18 AM »

These puzzles are getting quite popular.  I'm adding to my craft to do list!  Smiley
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what kind of glue do you use? I have a friend who would love something like this, thank you for the tut! Cheesy
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I use a tacky glue. It's great because it's not too watery and it dries really quickly!
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Would it work if I just glued pictures and pieces to the puzzle instead of painting it? Paint and I tend to not get along  I can see what I want in my head but it's nothing like I want in the end lol
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« Reply #42 on: December 19, 2011 07:01:11 PM »

As we are thinning out my daughters toys, I have to fight with myself about her puzzles. They are in really great condition so I really feel the best option is to donate them to the youth and shelter services so that another child can enjoy them.

But I really want to alter one...

Phizzy, how do you organize your paper stash? I just had to get rid of most of mine (actually, just moved it to a friends house where we have been offering creative classes). Before I start hording, I mean collecting again, I really need to figure out the best way to organize everything.

Thanks for the tut!
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Would it work if I just glued pictures and pieces to the puzzle instead of painting it? Paint and I tend to not get along  I can see what I want in my head but it's nothing like I want in the end lol

I think that would work just as well, but you may want to draw around the piece on the paper and cut it out before you glue it on. I've learned from experience that trying to cut the paper on the puzzle piece is hard! Cheesy

Phizzy, how do you organize your paper stash?

I still need to find a good way! At the moment everything is in little drawers, which isn't ideal Roll Eyes
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